Daily Archives: June 9, 2011
|June 9, 2011||Posted by Beth Shaw under Energy|
The green revolution sounds all well and good, we all want the Earth to survive, especially with man-kind in it, but what does that mean in real-life. Well, for one, it is costing jobs and making you pay more for energy. Is it worth the price we are paying while other countries continue to mine without the regulations we are subjected to? How do you feel about the EPA when you are filling up your gas tank?
The thing is, even though the EPA is regulating the life out of the coal industry in the United States, other nations are mining without any regulations. So what good does it do to regulate the U.S. out of business while sending those jobs and revenue to other countries that don’t have regulations. Seems like its not doing the environment a bit of good.
Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data.
Overall, the rules aimed at making the air cleaner could cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion, warns a trade group.
“Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious economic challenges,” said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed regulations before they are finalized,” he said.
As can be expected, Brendan Gilfillan of the EPA is telling us all that the Clean Air Act — such as the first ever national Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal-fired power plants—are reasonable, common-sense, and achievable.
The EPA says that the health benefits of the Clean Air Act far outweigh the economic damage and jobs lost because of it.
With coal fueling half fueling half of the nation’s energy supply, the National Economic Research Associates says the new regulations on coal plants is the most expensive rules in the history of the country.
If these rules and regulations stay in place and are implemented then look forward to sky-rocketing electric bills!
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