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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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- Coal gets fired: Law, markets shift to cleaner power - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a new set of rules Monday that will make it practically impossible to do something that the marketplace has already decided is a dumb idea: Build more coal-fired power plants.

The move is a significant step toward getting a handle on the amount of climate-changing greenhouse gases American industry pumps into the atmosphere every day. ...

- A small step forward for Earth - Los Angeles Times Editorial

In an election year, any progress on environmental regulation is cause for celebration. So when the Obama administration on Tuesday released its long-delayed proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, there was reason for anyone concerned about public health or the looming climate menace to cheer — even though it won't shut down a single existing coal-fired plant. ...

- Proposed EPA caps make sense - Houston Chronicle Editorial

... With an economy fueled by the energy industry, Houston is especially sensitive to EPA rules, and we're wary of any overbearing regulation. But this new rule is anything but overbearing. It strikes a healthy balance, preventing future construction of the dirtiest coal plants while leaving room for natural gas and carbon-capture coal plants. ...

- EPA rules threaten coal economy, again - Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch Editorial

Higher electrical costs, a shaky national power supply and fewer jobs do not translate into much of a campaign promise.

But that is what the Obama administration is offering our region this week. ...

- China Shows U.S. How to Push for Carbon Capture - Bloomberg View Editorial

... The U.S. will never, and should never, have the kind of government-directed programs that are helping China advance carbon-capture technology. But we can learn from China’s success and clean up coal in our own way.

- Coal plant harm swamps benefits - Virginian-Pilot Editorial

... User-friendly it is not. And since we're all users of the air, it should be. ...

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