by Chip Knappenberger
On the rationale of mitigating man-made climate change and thus limiting the occurrence of extreme weather events, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is (unintentionally) fostering a less prepared and less resilient population. As such, EPA should regulate its own actions as endangering public health and welfare.
New Proposed Rule
Back in December 2009, the U.S. EPA issued a finding that human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) ?threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.? This ?Endangerment Finding? opened the door to the EPA?s issuing regulations aimed at restricting GHG emissions in the U.S. To date, the EPA hasn?t been shy about stepping through that door.
The latest in a string of EPA greenhouse gas regulations was announced just last month. This one is aimed at carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. The proposed regulation would limit CO2 emissions to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour of power produced, which is not achievable by coal plants under current or near-term technology. It is congruent to what a new gas-fired power plant can achieve?and thus the standard.
So if this proposal were adopted, it would effectively eliminate the construction of all new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. (more…)