Posts Tagged by coal
|June 12, 2012||Posted by Beth Shaw under Issues|
It has to be really difficult for all these super smart political people to have to dumb themselves down so Americans can understand them. Thus is the case for Lisa Jackson, the EPA Chief. In a recent interview that the reason people are upset with the Environmental Protection Agency is that the people just don’t understand the issues. She claims that its not over-regulation and President Obama’s stated goal of shutting down coal plants across the country, rather it is the free market that is determining coal production.
Not only that, but she questioned whether the American public could comprehend writing above a fifth grade level.
“In accordance with the law, we moved forward with sensible, cost effective steps at the federal level on climate, using the Clean Air Act.” And I would have a second sentence — see, I can’t write headlines! But it would be something like, ”The progress at state and local levels, combined with the federal level, does not obviate the need” — you can’t use obviate, it’s above fifth-grade level! — “does not obviate the need for federal legislation to address this incredibly important challenge for this and future generations.”
It doesn’t feel like We The People are getting any respect.
Read more here.
|July 8, 2011||Posted by Beth Shaw under Energy|
The EPA has unveiled new standards for coal-fired power plants. The ‘green’ people are really happy about this. Unfortunately, it will cost us a fortune.
The environmentalists are applauding the tough new government regulations that are being implemented against the coal industry. When the industry responds that this is a costly, especially in these hard economic times, the response from the environmentalists is that people should just pay higher prices for energy or budget their energy use. Does that mean you should just use your electricity on Monday, Wednesday and Friday?
The Environmental Protection Agency seems determined to put energy companies of all varieties out of business in the United States. That cost is much more complex than just paying more for energy or cutting down on energy usage. That means more people out of work (a LOT more people), which means fewer people shopping at the mall, which means more people out of work and fewer people shopping … you might get the point. The ripple effects are endless.
It also means that we will be buying even more energy from China and other countries who don’t worry about regulations and the effects on the environment.
As always I wonder why the environmentalists are only concerned about pollution in the United States and Europe. If they were truly concerned about the environment they would be encouraging more production and mining of resources here in the United States where there IS regulation as opposed to shopping it out to third world countries who don’t have any restrictions or regulations.
We have received dismal news about unemployment for June just as the EPA unveils new standards for coal-fired power plants. The new rules and regulations are scheduled to go into affect in 2012.
|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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