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EPA guidelines are a calamity in the making

Navajo Generating Station. (Photo by R.J. Hall via Wikipedia Commons)

For months, we heard the resounding warnings about how new Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at power generation could affect Arizona consumers and businesses. Now that the agency’s proposal has officially been released, it is clear that these warnings were not in vain, for the guidelines EPA put forth will leave our state and our country on the brink of economic calamity.

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Climate change is a moral issue crucial to people of faith

Downtown Phoenix seen from South Mountain (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

I have served on the Arizona Ecumenical Council Earth Care Commission as both a committee member and as chairperson for about 15 years. Recently, I was asked to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon rule to curb the growing threat of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.

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Giant ‘Haboob’ dust storms cause EPA to relent on Arizona anti-pollution plan (access required)

Haboob

Like a toddler with a water hose, the monsoon brings the rain in bursts, unevenly spraying but never quite quenching Arizona’s dry earth.

Often, the season’s thunderstorms unleash an apocalyptic scene — a wall of dust, with its tinge of yellow and red against the setting sun, rushing to swallow the Valley whole and enveloping its homes with its unwelcome sandy mist. Free from crippling polar vortexes or earthquakes, the sandstorms are nature’s reminder to Arizona of its sweeping powers.

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Badly Wounded (access required)

Tom Horne

Horne could face bloody, expensive battle in 2014 attorney general race

Tom Horne has long maintained that he’s innocent of the campaign finance allegations against him, but he may not get a chance to prove it until after voters have decided whether to give him a second term as attorney general.

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Powering down (access required)

NavajoPowerStation

EPA to take its time in review of new plan for Navajo Generating Station

The waiting game has started again for the operators of the Navajo Generating Station.

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