St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Coal chiefs accept warming, but ... At contentious hearing, Peabody, Arch CEOs warn of consequences in efforts to regulate carbon dioxide. WASHINGTON.(News)

Byline: BILL LAMBRECHT blambrecht@post-dispatch.com > 202-298-6880

WASHINGTON - The chief executives of Peabody Energy and Arch Coal testified Wednesday that they accept the conclusion of scientists that climate change is occurring but expressed repeated concerns about efforts in Congress and President Barack Obama's administration to combat global warming.

In a combative House hearing interrupted briefly by protesters, Peabody's Gregory Boyce and Arch's Steven Leer vowed to pursue technologies that can capture polluting carbon from coal before it reaches the atmosphere.

But the heads of the St. Louis-based companies - the nation's biggest coal operators - argued that legislation in Congress is flawed and that the Environmental Protection Agency had embarked on a dangerous path by starting to regulate carbon dioxide from the burning of coal. …

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