Posts Tagged ‘war on coal’

Economic Intelligence The Crazy Costs of Excessive Coal Regulation

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Source:  USNews

Imagine! Your roof is leaking. You call a roofer, and ask him to fix it. Instead of asking for a quote, you suggest the following: “I will pay you 5 percent of the price of all the tools you bring, and I’ll pay for whatever materials you need to fix the problem. Honestly, I really believe that’s the only fair way to deal with this.”

What do you think? Will the roofer bring more tools than he would have if he were receiving a flat rate? Will you end up paying more than if you had asked five different roofers to provide quotes?

Unless the roofer is overcome by moral qualms about the damage he can do to your future prosperity, he will probably bring every single somewhat relevant tool he’s ever bought, as well as multiple borrowed vehicles and solar panels to decorate your roof with. And those materials? Why, his buddy happens to be in the shingle business! His products aren’t great, and his prices are worse – but hey, it’s not his money! And suddenly what started out as a minor nuisance has turned into a major financial burden. (more…)

Critics: Washington Post used misleading photo to bash coal plant

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Source: Daily Caller

Critics are saying that The Washington Post published a misleading photo of a coal plant appearing to spew pollutants to accompany an op-ed about global warming by a liberal columnist.

Post columnist Eugene Robinson argued that President Obama should devote the remainder of his time in office to global warming, using executive power when necessary. In the print edition, Robinson’s article is accompanied by a photo of a coal-fired power plant against the setting sun, spewing out what looks like smoke and other pollutants. (more…)

Why Courts Should Repeal EPA’s ‘Carbon Pollution’ Standard (and why you should care)

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Source: Global Warming Org

Fracking

by Marlo Lewis

Note: A nearly identical version of this column appeared last week in Forbes Online. I am reposting it here with many additional hyperlinks so that readers may more easily access the evidence supporting my conclusions.

The November 2012 elections ensure that President Obama’s war on coal will continue for at least two more years. The administration’s preferred M.O. has been for the EPA to ‘enact’ anti-coal policies that Congress would reject if such measures were introduced as legislation and put to a vote. Had Gov. Romney won the presidential race and the GOP gained control of the Senate, affordable energy advocates could now go on offense and pursue a legislative strategy to roll back various EPA global warming regulations, air pollution regulations, and restrictions on mountaintop mining. But Romney lost and Democrats gained two Senate seats. (more…)

What’s in store for climate change policy in Obama’s second term?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Source: Daily Caller

Climate change advocates and policy experts are predicting that environmental policy will be highlighted in Washington politics once again after both New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement and President Barack Obama’s victory speech after his reelection.

“Now that Obama will never have to face voters again, he may attempt to make global warming a key part of his legacy,” Marc Morano, publisher of Climate Depot and former staffer on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

“There’s the big question of: Does the president use the bully pulpit, the power of the executive agency… to do a much more aggressive job of educating the American public about the reality, the urgency, the impacts, and the costs of inaction on climate change and start to shape the politics on this issue over the next four years,” Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, told The DC News Foundation. (more…)

OPINION: MACT – The End of Affordable Coal.

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Source: RedState  

The MACT Regulation Could Potentially Eliminate 10% of America’s Coal-Fired Electricity.

Each Red Dot is A Coal Plant That Will Be Shut Down By MACT

We have two different candidates who could win the US Presidential Election in six days. One claims that he favors “All of The Above” as an energy policy, but as you’ll see below, that comes with a caveat. The other candidate favors US Domestic Energy Independence as a method of economic revival. To determine which man is serious, look closely at how they react to the idea of reliance upon coal-fired energy. (more…)

Shutting Down Coal-fired Plants

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Source:  Daily Caller

Facing declining demand for electricity and stiff federal environmental regulations, coal plant operators are planning to retire 175 coal-fired generators, or 8.5 percent of the total coal-fired capacity in the United States, according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

A record-high 57 generators will shut down in 2012, representing 9 gigawatts of electrical capacity, according to EIA. In 2015, nearly 10 gigawatts of capacity from 61 coal-fired generators will be retired. (more…)

Anti-coal foundations funding Obama

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Source:  DC

Obama bundlers’ foundations bankroll gay marriage, abortion, unions, ACORN, ‘racial justice,’ anti-coal campaign

FILE — In this June 8, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama talks about the economy in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The Service Employees International Union said Tuesday it plans to focus its resources on fewer states this year while working to help re-elect President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama’s campaign “bundlers” — big-ticket donors who combine their own contributions with those of wealthy friends and family members — include at least 138 individuals who sit on boards of charitable foundations or other grant-giving charities, a Daily Caller analysis shows. And those foundations include many whose grant making focuses on far left-wing causes that mirror Obama’s policymaking decisions. (more…)

Big Costs, Illusory Benefits: Why Congress Should Nix The Utility MACT

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  CEI

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By Marlo Lewis

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on legislation (S.J.Res.37) sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) to overturn one of the most costly regulations ever adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Known as the Utility MACT Rule, the regulation establishes first-ever maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from power plants.

Mercury is the principal HAP targeted by the Rule. Unlike most air pollutants, mercury poses health risks not via inhalation but after being deposited in water bodies. Microbes can transform some of the mercury into an organic compound, methylmercury, which can accumulate in aquatic food chains. For humans, the “primary route of exposure” is eating fish. (more…)

Inhofe CNN Op-Ed: Obama-EPA Mercury rule at center of the war on coal

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Source:  Sen. Inhofe

Image Source Page: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/30800/30840/coal_30840.htm

 

Posted by Matt Dempsey matt_dempsey@epw.senate.gov

By James Inhofe, Special to CNN

Link to Op-Ed

(CNN) — On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate will have the opportunity to put a stop to one of the most expensive Environmental Protection Agency rules in history: the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule. This is the centerpiece of President Obama’s war on coal.

Called MATS, or Utility MACT, this rule will destroy jobs and cause energy prices to skyrocket. By voting for my resolution, SJR 37, members of the Senate can prevent the Obama EPA from inflicting so much economic pain on American families.

How do we know that Utility MACT is designed to kill coal? Just ask EPA Region One Administrator Curt Spalding, who was seen on video admitting that because of the EPA’s regulatory barrage, “If you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem.” He went on to say that EPA’s decision to kill coal was “painful every step of the way,” because “if you go to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and all those places, you have coal communities who depend on coal.” (more…)

Coal Ash Regulation: Another Front on the ‘War Against Coal’

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Source:  Master Resource

“For three years the Environmental Protection Agency has imposed a de facto ban on new coal-fired power while doing everything it can to harm existing coal plants.”

- “Killing Coal,” Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2012.

Unhappy with the speed of EPA regulation of coal combustion by-products, a number of environmental organizations recently filed a lawsuit to force EPA to finalize regulation of coal ash.

A natural byproduct of the combustion process for coal-fired power plants, coal ash is typically stored onsite at power plants or sold on the open market for use in the production of concrete and other materials. In 2010, EPA proposed a pair of regulatory approaches for dealing with coal ash, but has to yet to decide how to regulate the material.

Nearly a dozen groups were party to the lawsuit, including the Sierra Club, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the Environmental Integrity Project. 1 The lawsuit comes just days after the EPA announced plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector, which the New York Times characterized as EPA’s movement toward “closing out the era of old-fashioned coal-burning power generation.” So much for Obama’s all-of-the-above energy policy. (more…)

Mine union boss: Coal industry could suffer same fate as bin Laden

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Source:  The Hill

By Andrew Restuccia

The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine Workers of America said this week.

“The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” Cecil Roberts, president of the powerful union, said during an interview Tuesday on the West Virginia radio show MetroNews Talkline.

Roberts blasted Jackson, the EPA administrator, over the proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Opponents of the regulations, including Roberts, say the new rules would be the death knell of the coal industry. (more…)

Making Heat Waves Deadly Again

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Source:  SPPI

by Dennis t. Avery

CHURCHVILLE,VA—This last heat wave has been sweltering, but that happens. It was even hotter in 1934, 1911 and other “hot” summers in the past. That’s not extreme weather, it’s “normally abnormal.

The benchmark to remember is that 12,000 people died in the heat wave of 1926! Newspapers as far flung asAustraliareportedU.S.babies “died like flies” in theChicagoghetto in 1911. With no power for air conditioning, today’s far-larger urban population and hotter urban heat islands might have suffered 50,000 deaths last week!

Ironically, last week Mayor Bloomberg ofNew Yorkgave $50 million from his vast personal fortune to the Sierra Club’s get-rid-of-coal campaign. Mayor Bloomberg says he hopes the campaign will shut down one-third ofAmerica’s coal-fired power plants by 2020. Get this straight: the Mayor didn’t donate $50 million to helping poor people pay their electric bills during a hot summer. Instead, he donated that money to get rid of the coal that cost-effectively provides half the nation’s air conditioning! (more…)

Things More Worrisome than AGW: Exasperated Alabama Coal Owner Tells the Feds – “I’m Just Quitting”

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Source:  The Blaze Blog

Ronnie Bryant was vastly outnumbered.

Leaning against a wall during a recent Birmingham, Alabama, public hearing, Bryant listened to an overflow crowd pepper federal officials with concerns about businesses polluting the drinking water and causing cases of cancer.

After two hours, Bryant—a coal mine owner from Jasper—had heard enough and, in a moment being described as “right out of Atlas Shrugged,” took his turn at the microphone:

“Nearly every day without fail…men stream to these [mining] operations looking for work in Walker County. They can’t pay their mortgage. They can’t pay their car notes. They can’t feed their families. They don’t have health insurance. And as I stand here today, I just…you know…what’s the use? I got a permit to open up an underground coal mine that would employ probably 125 people. They’d be paid wages from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. We would consume probably $50 million to $60 million in consumables a year, putting more men to work. And my only idea today is to go home. What’s the use? I see these guys—I see them with tears in their eyes—looking for work. And if there’s so much opposition to these guys making a living, I feel like there’s no need in me putting out the effort to provide work for them. So…basically what I’ve decided is not to open the mine. I’m just quitting. Thank you.” (more…)

NO MYSTERY TO NON-RECOVERY

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Source:  http://www.cgfi.org/2011/07/no-mystery-to-non-recovery-by-dennis-t-avery/

I’m tired of reading about the American economy’s “mysterious” non-recovery. The lack of recovery isn’t mysterious at all. The economy hates uncertainty, and Obama has introduced more economic uncertainty than we’ve had since Hoover and Roosevelt started violating the law of supply and demand 80 years ago.

Our present crisis was caused by federal policies demanding that banks make bad housing loans to people who couldn’t afford their mortgages. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s $500 billion in mortgage losses still haven’t been added to federal red ink totals—and both are still out there incurring more losses. Consequently we don’t know what a house is worth, now or tomorrow. (more…)

Sierra Club at War with US Coal

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Source: http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/15044

With 230 years of reserves, no nation more “energy independent” in coal than United States

The Grand Rapids Press recently reported that the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit over a permit issued to a coal plant in Holland, Mich. The lawsuit claims that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality ignored state regulations when it approved the Holland plant’s air pollution permit. What the article didn’t mention was that the Sierra Club files lawsuits against every coal plant in the United States that is issued permits either to expand or build.

They are very proud of this strategy,” said Carol Raulston, senior vice president for communications for the National Mining Association.

Ann Woiwode, director of the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club, verified that her organization does file a lawsuit on every permit issued to a coal plant. She said that is part of a bigger strategy to oppose coal as an energy source.

“Yes, we are challenging permits when they are issued,” Woiwode said. “We are working to move away from coal. … We need to recognize that coal is a costly, dirty fuel.” (more…)