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Regulators, coal industry should cooperate

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As Dexter Perkins, University of North Dakota geology professor, notes, "coal is the No. 1 cause of global warming and associated climate change."

But as Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council, also notes, a crackdown on coal means developing countries "will buy the newest technology elsewhere -- or worse yet, build plants with outdated technology that would hurt the environment."

What to do?

The answer is obvious: Compromise.

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