The Obama administration’s war on coal continues apace. You’d think they would see what’s happening in Great Britain and think twice about killing off the coal industry, but they don’t really mind the thought of sending us back to the Dark Age. The ruling class will surely be taken care of, it’s the rest of us that will suffer.
Representatives of coal-intensive utilities and coal-producing regions said that President Barack Obama would effectively outlaw construction of new power plants using the fuel with pending environmental rules.
The Environmental Protection Agency is revising proposed rules from last year in response to opposition by utilities and mining companies. The new version, under review by White House officials and scheduled for release next week, will be structured differently though it offers little solace to the industry, according to people who have been briefed on the measure and asked not to be identified before its release.
To deal with the threat, Obama directed the EPA to cap carbon dioxide from power plants, which account for 40 percent of U.S. emissions. The first step is to issue rules for new plants, a proposal set to be released next week. The more contentious rules would govern emissions from existing plants, and those aren’t scheduled to be issued until next year. The rules will be the first of their kind.
“The Obama administration has been waging a war on coal and Kentucky jobs ever since the president was elected,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said yesterday in an e-mail. “If these reports are accurate, his latest proposal is not only an open war on coal jobs, but on all the residents, jobs, and businesses across the commonwealth that rely on this vital industry.” (Read More)
Some say they can replace the power produced by coal with natural gas, but the environmental loons are all against fracking and don’t want to see natural gas being produced. Heck, in Pennsylvania criminal charges have been filed against a shale driller over an accident after the EPA referred the case to the Democrat attorney general. Here in New York Andrew Cuomo continues to stall and avoid giving approval for fracking. So don’t count of natural gas saving the day.