Commissioner Kinkaid on Latest Attack on Coal

Western Colorado’s fight for the coal industry has taken another major hit with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s new CO2 emission plan that will put coal mines and power plants out of business if implemented. The Governor’s executive order likely puts him in favor with environmentalists and the Obama administration but stomps on state legislature and ignores the fact that there has not yet been a court ruling as to whether or not the regulations are legal in the first place. Moffat County is also reeling from the announcement that the Craig Station Unit 1 has been decommissioned and will be retired in 2025. “One more brick has now been taken out of the foundation of our national economy,” shares Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid. “We can’t afford any more of this insanity. With a $19.5 trillion dollar national debt, we must develop all of our natural resources to create good paying jobs and remain the great, stable and secure nation that we are. 100 years of progressivism is taking its toll and now it hits Moffat County, Colorado.” Despite the latest blow, Moffat County leaders are determined to overcome and take the change in stride. “The good news,” says Kinkaid, “is that we have been taking active steps to diversify our local economy for about a year and a half now. We are ahead of the game and have solid Congressional support.” Kinkaid says they will find the next “catalytic industry to locate in Moffat County.”

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.