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Jim Erickson and Mike Schmidt: In reference to EPA plan

We are writing in reference to several past letters concerning the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan and its focus on the burning of fossil fuels — especially coal, which results in the production of carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The EPA has defined carbon dioxide as a poison.

Because of this carbon dioxide production, energy from coal is under attack from (1) environmental lobby groups and (2) the U.S. government agency of environmental protection — EPA, as the main cause of global warming and climate change.

However, there's absolutely no scientific proof manmade carbon dioxide is the major cause of current climate changes.

Long before there was any manmade carbon dioxide, the earth underwent continuous warming and cooling cycles caused by solar activity.

The most recent past warming cycles with temperatures considerably warmer than today were:

■ 200 B.C. to 600 A.D., known as the Roman Warming Period

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■ 900 A.D. to 1300 A.D., known as the Medieval Warming Period

Energy from coal is by far the cheapest energy source we have available to us.

Renewable solar and wind energy are intermittent, with low land density and high expense — relying on U.S. government subsidies to be economically viable.

If the EPA were allowed to force the closure of the Hayden and Craig power plants, the energy costs in this area would skyrocket. Additionally, the local economies would be severely compromised.

Fortunately, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision June 27, which requires the EPA to carefully consider all of the costs before issuing any new regulations against coal-fired power plants, now makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for the EPA to carry out its threat to close power plants based on their emissions of carbon dioxide.

This is very good news for the Hayden and Craig power plants. Furthermore, we can most likely anticipate continuing to enjoy low electricity energy costs.

Jim Erickson and Mike Schmidt

Founders, Steamboat Energy Discussion Group (Steamboat EDGE)

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