Rep. Rick Boucher visited the Bluefield Daily Telegraph editorial board Monday, talking cap and trade. Sounds like he sees the bill capping the EPA more than coal and energy interests.
"If Congress doesn’t act, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) will regulate carbon dioxide emissions within the space of a year,” Boucher said Monday. He said that if the EPA becomes the sole regulator of emissions, the agency will consider “point source regulation,” not a plan that is sensitive to the existing coal-fired utilities, the carbon capture program under development or off-sets that would provide additional time for utilities to develop alternate energy sources.
Boucher has a energy meeting planned for Monday outside of Richlands. We'll see how the people react to his ideas.