Alabama Officials Ask Residents to Pray For Coal

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Alabama officials have a new method for fighting the "War On Coal": Prayer.

Yes, some local leaders are so worried about the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change proposal that they're asking constituents to pray for the survival of fossil fuels, reported. 

"I hope all the citizens of Alabama will be in prayer that the right thing will be done," Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh told reporters at a press conference in Birmingham on Monday. "We will not stand for what they are doing to our way of life in Alabama. We will take our fight to the EPA," she added. 

Cavanaugh is making her opposition known at an EPA hearing in Atlanta today, part of a series of meetings happening across the country this week regarding the agency's June plan to cut emissions from power plants 30 percent nationally by 2030. 

Former Greene County Commission Chairman Chip Beeker, who is running unopposed as the next Commissioner of the PSC, spoke alongside Cavanaugh.

"Who has the right to take what God's given a state?" Beeker asked reporters. 

The Alabama PSC has a history of enlisting the man upstairs to solve problems. According to the website Right Wing Watch, the commission started a meeting earlier this week with prayers against gay marriage and reproductive rights. 

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