Obama and his jack-booted EPA thugs escalate their “War on Fossil Fuels”

The current offensive is on the “Coal Front”…

President Obama Escalates his War on Fossil Fuels
EPA’s New Regulations Will Cost Jobs and Raise Electricity Prices, says the National Center for Public Policy Research

Washington, D.C. – Following the release of new regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today policy experts from the National Center for Public Policy Research are calling attention to the economic harm that will be caused by the agency’s assault on coal-fired electricity generation.

“EPA’s new Cross State Air Pollution Rule will add significant compliance costs to electricity generation and force utilities to close power plants. Given our daunting economic challenges it’s outrageous that President Obama is advancing regulations that will cause layoffs and lead to higher electricity prices,” said Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project.

“The economic consequences of EPA’s new regulations are real. American Electric Power (AEP) has already announced it will close power plants and the company will be forced to spend billions of dollars to comply with EPA’s requirements. The cost of EPA’s crackdown on utilities will be passed on to consumers and small businesses,” said Tom Borelli.

In June, anticipating EPA’s new requirements, AEP – an Ohio based utility – announced it was closing five power plants and scaling back operations at six additional facilities. AEP estimated that its actions will cost about 600 jobs that generated approximately $40 million in annual wages. AEP also noted the compliance costs will result in an abrupt increase in electricity prices.

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 The EPA draft rule must have been written by the Vogons…

Lone Star State Slammed By EPA Ruling
By Jon Hurdle

Published: July 08, 2011

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shocked Texas generators on Thursday by unexpectedly including the state in its new rule on reducing SO2 and NOx emissions from power plants.

The EPA issued its final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule which, together with other state and EPA actions is intended to reduce SO2 emissions by 73% from 2005 levels by 2014, and will cut NOx emissions by 54%.

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In its draft rule, the agency indicated it would exclude Texas because EPA modeling did not show significant downwind impacts from the state’s emissions.

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EPA spokewoman Enesta Jones said Texas and its utilities had “ample” opportunity to comment on their inclusion in the rule, and provided extensive comment on it.

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How in the hell could Texas utilities have had “‘ample’ opportunity to comment on their inclusion in the rule” if they weren’t included in the effing rule?

It’s time for Rick Perry to tell the EPA to go themselves again.

E.P.A. Issues Tougher Rules for Power Plants

By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: July 7, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued new standards for power plants in 28 states that would sharply cut emissions of chemicals that have polluted forests, farms, lakes and streams across the Eastern United States for decades.

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The utility industry and many Republicans in Congress contend that the new rule, along with other pending E.P.A. air quality regulations, will require the premature closing of dozens of aging coal plants and impose heavy financial burdens on power companies and their customers. They had asked for a more gradual phase-in of the new rules.

“The E.P.A. is ignoring the cumulative economic damage new regulations will cause,” said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a group of coal-burning utilities. “America’s coal-fueled electric industry has been doing its part for the environment and the economy, but our industry needs adequate time to install clean coal technologies to comply with new regulations. Unfortunately, E.P.A. doesn’t seem to care.”

An industry-financed study found that new air pollution rules would cost tens of thousands of jobs and cause electricity rates to rise by more than 20 percent in some parts of the country.

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NYT

 The EPA contends that the health benefits will outweigh the costs… Considering the fact that the health benefits cannot be quatified and the EPA doesn’t have a clue what the cost will be… That’s almost funny.

This part of the NYT article is a bald faced lie…

Michael J. Bradley, executive director of the Clean Energy Group, a coalition of power companies, said that most utilities had already installed the equipment needed to meet the new standards and that the small number of plants that would be closed were among the oldest and dirtiest in the nation.

Mr. Bradley said that electricity markets had already factored in the price of compliance and that recent auctions had shown there would be adequate supplies of electricity in 2015 at reasonable prices. “The bottom line is, the industry is well positioned to comply with this, has been anticipating this for three to four years now,” he said.

The Clean Energy Group is not “a coalition of power companies.” It is an Enviromarxist advocacy group…

Clean Energy Group is a leading nonprofit advocacy organization working in the U.S. and internationally on innovative clean energy technology, finance, and policy programs.

Founded in 1998, CEG is headquartered in Montpelier, Vermont, with staff based in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. In 2002, CEG created and now manages a separate, national nonprofit alliance of state-based, U.S. public clean energy funds- Clean Energy States Alliance. CEG also serves as the Secretariat for the UNEP Sustainable Energy Finance Alliance, the only convening body in the international system for public finance agencies in the clean energy sector.

CEG is supported by major foundations, as well as state, federal and international energy agencies.

CEG

 

The EPA issued its final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule which, together with other state and EPA actions is intended to reduce SO2 emissions by 73% from 2005 levels by 2014, and will cut NOx emissions by 54%.

They claim this will reduce the incidence of asthma. The EPA’s own data show that atmospheric concentrations of SO2 and NO2 have been declining, while the CDC says that asthma diagnoses have been increasing over the last few decades.

This is junkier science than AGW.

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