Your Nov. 27 news article “ EPA proposes lower ozone standard” elicited the expected response from some in the GOP, such as Sen. Mitch McConnell: It is a “job killer” and part of Obama’s “war on coal.”
The White House should be just as straightforward in its response to McConnell: The Clean Air Act has only grown the economy, and there is no “war on coal” any more than the automobile was a war on horses.
Since more than 90 percent of the America’s coal industry jobs are in McConnell’s state and West Virginia, he can be expected to protect his own, to the detriment of North Carolina.
The N&O reported in the Nov. 14 news story “ 1,300 jobs aimed for N.C.” that Vertex will add 1,300 high-paying jobs in Wilmington to produce tank cars to carry oil from South Dakota, Texas and other oil-producing areas, including Canada.
I find it confounding that just a week after the Vertex jobs were announced, Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan voted for the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that directly competes with these newly created jobs in Wilmington. Maybe they think the pipeline is the better technology, but I think they could be excused for protecting the jobs in their own state.