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Obama escalates his War on Coal with new EPA regs

Featured image courtesy of the Washington Post.

One of the few promises Obama has kept: he would bankrupt the coal industry. Remember his words below:

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them…”

Back in December he and the EPA announced the mega-nuke bomb that would bankrupt the coal industry and the Institute for Energy Research had this to say:

“The utility MACT will increase the cost of electricity for American families, and in some places where coal-fired generation is the prevailing source of power, the prices will necessarily skyrocket just like President Obama promised. It will result in the loss of jobs, both in places where power plants will close and among small businesses that employ more than 60 percent of our workforce.

But Obama must believe coal plants are like cockroaches & can survive a nuclear blast, because it wasn’t enough to simply *bomb the industry,* today he and EPA’s Lisa Jackson announced they intend to bury the industry:

EPA Proposes First Carbon Pollution Standard for Future Power Plants/Achievable standard is in line with investments already being made and will inform the building of new plants moving forward.

So what does this “government double-speak mean”? Funny how bureaucrats can make something so malignant sound so benign.

The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt, meets that standard; coal plants emit an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt.

The CEO of the National Mining Association, Hal Quinn had this to say:

EPA’s proposal for controlling greenhouse gas emissions from about half the nation’s electric power supply is a poorly disguised cap-and-tax scheme that represents energy and economic policy at its worst. Higher utility bills and fewer jobs are the only certain outcomes from this reckless attempt to override Congress’s repeated refusal to enact punitive caps on carbon dioxide emissions.

“Requiring coal-based power plants to meet an emissions standard based on natural gas technology is a policy overtly calculated to destroy a significant portion of America’s electricity supply. This is a movie we have seen before, and the script remains unchanged. Volatile natural gas prices will, once again, expose millions of households to higher utility bills, threaten hundreds of thousands of workers with unemployment and weaken both the competitiveness of basic industries and the reliability of the nation’s electricity grid.

“This proposal is the latest convoy in EPA’s regulatory train wreck that is rolling across America, crushing jobs and arresting our economic recovery at every stop. It is not an “all of the above” energy strategy; it does not create jobs; and it does not make it easier for Americans to pay their mortgages. Instead, the proposed New Source Performance Standards would deliberately push America to abandon coal, its most abundant and reliable energy source in favor of costlier fuels—even though Congress has repeatedly rejected this policy.

“NMA urges Congress to assert its authority over an agency that disregards the public need for affordable electricity and ignores the overwhelming costs of its regulations.”

So let’s take a look at where your electricity comes from. I’m going to pull out a few states from this interactive map from America’s Power and show you the states that rely heavily on coal:

  • Ohio: 82%
  • Indiana: 90%
  • Kentucky: 93%
  • Wyoming: 89%
  • West Virginia: 97%
  • Utah: 81%
  • Missouri: 81%
  • New Mexico: 71%
  • North Dakota: 82%

Let’s hope these states know what to do come November 6.

But all is not lost. EPA Chair Lisa Jackson has provided for a 60 day public comment period.

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks

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Deplorable Reagan Conservative. Pro-life, pro 2A. Waiting for Obama's "legacy" to be undone. Twitter: @LadyImpactOhio "We the People tell government what to do. It does not tell us."__Ronald Reagan in his farewell speech.

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  1. The Congress of the United States has the power to put a stop to all this nonsense. Therre is no requirement in the Constitution that there be an EPA.

    Did you know that CO2 is a pollutant? Neither did God
    when he gave us lungs with which to produce it.

  2. Lisa Jackson has to be one of the 10 most dangerous people in America. By what authority does she hand down this rule? I doubt seriously they “studied it for months”. 1,000 pounds is a nice round number that speaks to having thrown at a dartboard with numbers on it. It was designed specifically to bury the coal industry, just like you said.

    The good part, besides possible indictments and convictions, is that on January 20, this whole thing starts getting dismantled. A nice stack of EO’s, appointees to EPA, NLRB, etc, who within days tear down entire walls of burdensome and punitive regulations.

    Lisa Jackson, I dearly hope there is something they can hang on her that puts her in federal prison.

  1. The Congress of the United States has the power to put a stop to all this nonsense. Therre is no requirement in the Constitution that there be an EPA.

    Did you know that CO2 is a pollutant? Neither did God
    when he gave us lungs with which to produce it.

  2. Lisa Jackson has to be one of the 10 most dangerous people in America. By what authority does she hand down this rule? I doubt seriously they “studied it for months”. 1,000 pounds is a nice round number that speaks to having thrown at a dartboard with numbers on it. It was designed specifically to bury the coal industry, just like you said.

    The good part, besides possible indictments and convictions, is that on January 20, this whole thing starts getting dismantled. A nice stack of EO’s, appointees to EPA, NLRB, etc, who within days tear down entire walls of burdensome and punitive regulations.

    Lisa Jackson, I dearly hope there is something they can hang on her that puts her in federal prison.

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