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As Obama’s “War on Coal” continues to escalate we now have the new regulations from EPA we knew were coming last month when EPA Chair Lisa Jackson announced her “carbon pollution standard” for coal-fired plants.
Jackson and her band of bureaucrats have been up to their old tricks lately, primarily focusing their energy on the systematic destruction of the coal industry and the jobs, affordable power, and economic revenue it provides. Here’s the latest:
First, Daniel Simmons of the Institute for Energy Research (IER) exposes the utter lack of any logic in the EPA’s latest cap-and-tax greenhouse gas regulations that essentially outlaw building coal-fired power plants. Warning: 257 pages of bureaucratic double-speak:
If greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide “endanger public health and welfare” shouldn’t the EPA do something about it? Should the agency work to actually reduce the danger? Isn’t that the point of regulation—to reduce some of the alleged harm?
But the EPA isn’t reducing any danger here because according to the agency [page 49], “This proposed rule also will not have a direct impact on U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases under expected economic conditions.”
If global warming is a problem that the EPA needs to address, then why are they working on imposing rules that the agency admits “will not have [a] direct impact of U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases?” It’s tough to see how EPA regulation makes logical sense. Does the EPA not really care about global warming or are they working to end America’s use of coal? Does the EPA only want to increase the price of energy by making it harder to build low-cost electricity generation?
Then, former U.S. Chamber official Reed Rubinstein argues that the Obama administration’s chief first-term priority has been systematically destroying the coal industry:
Nevertheless, from its first day the Administration has waged a war of attrition in Congress, the courts and the federal regulatory arena against coal. The legislative assault collapsed when Congress rejected cap and trade, and the courts have not been kind to the Administration…
But in the regulatory sphere, where bureaucrats reign at the expense of public transparency and judicial or congressional review, the EPA has run unleashed and unchecked. Since 2008, the Administration has proposed or issued thousands of pages of regulations to burden coal-generated electric power.
Finally, the icing on the cake is a report from the New York Times which details how the EPA is fining businesses for failing to use a type of biofuel that is not commercially available:
When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law.
But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist.
Yes folks, you really can’t make this stuff up.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks