Shutting Down Craig Colorado
03/31/2012 7 Comments
My Senior Year in High School I boarded with George and Hazel La Munion. My two brothers and I lived in the bedrooms their own sons had used, growing up in Salmon Idaho. Around the breakfast and dinner table George had some great stories to share us about his days as a freight wagon drive in Colorado. He hauled coal from near Craig to Steam Boat Springs.
On our trip east last year we went via old Highway 40 which passes through Craig, Colorado. We stayed over night in an RV Park on the edge of town. it was a really great place to visit, though we found Steam Boat Springs a more exciting shopping experience.
Now, we learn that the EPA is going to shut down Craig’s coal fired power plant which has been providing power to the community for over 50 years. In 2002 the current plant owners started a $121 million, multi-year retro fit to Units one and two at the plant. The upgrades were prompted by a settlement agreement reached between the Sierra Club and the five owner utilities of the Yampa Project.
Now we learn that Obama and his environmental henchmen are trying to close down the Craig power plant.
“President Obama promised to bankrupt coal-powered electricity in the United States, and this latest rule — when combined with the administration’s new rules for mercury emissions and cross-state pollution — makes good on that promise. Already, towns like Craig, Colo., whose economies rely on coal-fired electricity generation, are struggling under the burden of Obama regulations.
“Because the administration couldn’t shut down towns like Craig through cap-and-trade laws, the President has determined to impose his agenda through the EPA. This development is not surprising, given the president’s assurance that cap-and-trade was ‘just one way of skinning the cat.’
We met a lot of very nice people in Craig. According to our conversations with locals, the community was struggling economically. They were hoping for some increased tourist traffic in the coming summer. Losing their power plant could be a major economic challenge to the village of Craig Colorado. I wonder if the folks at the EPA ever think about the economic pain they are causing the very nice people of Craig, Colorado.