Yep, and this article is one of the opening salvos. "George W. is compromising our health" will be their drum-beat. What garbage.
Yes, but it is so easy to counter this. You simply say, Of course we must continue to make power plants cleaner. But that does not mean we have to turn out the lights. The Democrats want to shut down the power plants. Their only solution for the disruption, for you being without power, is that you will have to adjust your lifestyle.
But we can have clean power and abundant power so long as we use our technology and take a well reasoned instead of a fanatical approach to energy and environmental issues in America.
As an additional note: We could make far more progress in air quality if we focused for a bit on the air blowing into the U.S. from other countries. Our power plants are 99% of the way there. Getting to 100% is a very, very expensive proposition. For far less money we could help countries like Mexico, China and Germany to stop polluting so much. And the improvement to world air quality would be far greater.
It is not just a matter of where we can get the most effect for the dollar spent. It is where we can have the biggest and fastest impact on the problem of worldwide air pollution.