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In “EPA’s Clean Power Plan will hit on a personal level” Nov. 13 in the Tribune, Republican Randy Christmann, a North Dakota’s Public Service commissioner, wrote: “… the Environmental Protection Agency released President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan … I believe most people have not been told how this plan will impact their personal finances … The Clean Power Plan requires North Dakota to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030. China is committed to increasing its CO2 emissions during the next 15 years.”

Fact check: China is committed to capping its greenhouse emissions within 15 years.

This fearful article claims our electrical bills are going to increase excessively, but only if big business accommodating and befriending Republicans allow it. The mission of the PSC is to protect the public from unreasonable rates:  http://psc.nd.gov/commission/about/mission.php.

In North Dakota, the coal mines are located near the power plants. The cost of the electricity is in the construction of the plants and transmission lines, their maintenance and salaried operation. Coal trains passing through Bismarck-Mandan are going to Minnesota or a Great Lakes terminal in Superior, Wis., to be shipped elsewhere.

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Getting climate change under control will be expensive. If we do nothing, as our Republican-controlled state and federal governments advocate, it will be exceedingly expensive later. As seas rise, millions of Americans will be displaced from homes and jobs. Thirty-nine percent of America’s population lives within 50 miles of an ocean. New York, Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles and other seaport cities, within their city limits, have elevations of only 2 to 3 feet above sea level.

With 15 years to make changes, North Dakota coal power companies will still be able to make a reasonable profit from a product that is purchased and used the instant it’s manufactured. What manufactured or farm-grown item we need is so immediately easily sold?

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