EPA seeks coal feedback from a stacked deck

Talk about stacking the deck: The Environmental Protection Agency has released information on its “Public Listening” sessions to hear opinions on its proposed new regulations for coal-fired power plants.

Surprise, surprise: Most of the feedback supported the EPA’s plan, which would make it virtually impossible to build new coal-fired power plants.

Perhaps our sarcasm is showing. But consider where the EPA held its “listening sessions.” They were in Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Lenexa, Kan.; and, of course, Washington, D.C.

There were no hearings anywhere near “coal country.” Just as bad, the EPA managed to avoid most places where coal is a major component of the electric power mix.

So it was no surprise at all that many comments backed the EPA plan.

Unfortunately, the EPA’s itinerary is perfectly legal. It also is perfectly dishonest. Agency officials planned the “tour” to ensure their position would be supported by most people attending their hearings.

That should have come as no surprise. Stacking the deck against the American people has become standard procedure under President Barack Obama.