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Thousands gather at coal rally

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C.J. McManus – Sun Advocate

More than 5,000 citizens came together on Oct. 23 at the Carbon County Events Center to sign a petition against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, and discuss its negative impact on the local economy.

The Southeastern Utah Energy Producers Association and Friends of Coal put together an event aimed at educating the public while entertaining their families. Hosted by “At Your Leisure’s” Chad Booth, the 2014 Coal and Fossil Fuel Rally brought together government officials and industry leaders in the name of saving jobs and keeping energy costs low.

The event’s funding which came from Carbon, Duchesne County and Uintah County and other sources was also used to provide dinner for the first 3,000 who attended and to provide children’s activities. The kid’s events were hosted to make the event family friendly and make it feasible for parents to attend with their children, according to SEUEPA information.

The event’s keynote speaker Alex Epstein is the founder of the Center for Industrial Progress. His book, “Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet,” offers a differing take on energy production. He publishes regular as a columnist at and is the author of the upcoming, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.” (…)

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