#1 Ready For a Wave of Coal Fired Power-Plant Shutdowns
08-20-2011, 11:15 AM
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Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not surprisingly, some lawmakers are grumbling.
Industry groups such the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned utilities, and the American Legislative Exchange Council have dubbed the coming rules “EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck.” The regulations, they say, will cost utilities up to $129 billion and force them to retire one-fifth of coal capacity. Given that coal provides 45 percent of the country’s power, that means higher electric bills, more blackouts and fewer jobs. The doomsday scenario has alarmed Republicans in the House, who have been scrambling to block the measures. Environmental groups retort that the rules will bring sizeable public health benefits, and that industry groups have been exaggerating the costs of environmental regulations since they were first created.
Once again the Looney Tune Green Tree Critters are trying to shut down America and turn us back into the Garden Of Eden...If We Don't Defund The EPA And purge the Interior Department of the Green Crazies we'll all freeze to death in the dark....
08-20-2011, 12:04 PM
Yep, and without even going through the proper channels, Rolling blackouts for you. Thank goodness China is buying tons and tons of coal. Now, we need Obummer and his Gestapo EPA to stay out of our Coal Mines.
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