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Seniors and Retirees Are Particularly Concerned about Higher Energy Bills Being Caused by New Regulations on Coal-Powered Electricity

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SENIOR-CITIZENS AND RETIREES ARE ESPECIALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE E-P-A'S PROPOSED NEW REGULATIONS ON COAL-POWERED ELECTRICITY.  IN FACT, A RECENT "HARRIS"-POLL FOUND THAT--AT 88-PERCENT--THEY'RE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE REGULATIONS CAUSING HIGHER ENERGY-BILLS THAN ANY OTHER GROUP.  AMONG THOSE WHO SHARE THESE WORRIES IS DAN WEBER--THE PRESIDENT OF THE "ASSOCIATION OF MATURE AMERICAN CITIZENS"...

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PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLAN IS TO REPLACE COAL-POWERED ELECTRICITY WITH COSTLIER ENERGY-SOURCES; EVEN HE ADMITS THAT HIGHER UTILITY-BILLS ARE ON THE WAY, FOR ALL AMERICANS.  HIS PLAN IGNORES ADVANCES IN POWER-PLANT TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAKE NEW PLANTS 90-PERCENT CLEANER--AND ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR HIS COSTLY PROPOSED-REGULATIONS.  AND, THE HIGHER COSTS WON'T BE BORNE EQUALLY; SENIORS ON FIXED INCOMES, AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES, WILL BE HIT THE HARDEST.  THAT'S BECAUSE THEY HAVE LESS INCOME TO SPEND ON ESSENTIAL UTILITIES--LIKE HEATING AND COOLING THEIR HOMES.  HIGHER UTILITY-BILLS WILL LEAVE MANY WITH FEWER DOLLARS FOR OTHER CRITICAL NEEDS--FROM GROCERIES TO HEALTHCARE.  AFFLUENT FAMILIES CAN ABSORB HIGHER UTILITY-BILLS; MANY ELDERLY FOLKS CAN'T.  WE SHOULDN'T BURDEN THOSE WHO ARE LEAST ABLE TO PAY--ESPECIALLY NOT FOR THIS ENERGY-PLAN."

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THE POLL WAS COMMISSIONED EARLIER THIS YEAR, BY THE "NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION".



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