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Op-Ed: Coal, gas, oil and uranium are still best energy alternatives

The Salt Lake Tribune

By William F. Shughart II

Is U.S. mining for raw materials – coal, uranium and hard-rock minerals – an economic activity whose time has passed? And if so, what can replace it?

The Obama administration certainly has done its best to make domestic mining and energy production much more costly. Its "war on coal" is well documented. After clamping restrictions on airborne emissions of ground-level ozone and mercury at coal-fired plants, the Environmental Protection Agency has called for carbon-emissions’ standards that cannot be met even with the most advanced technologies.

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