Environment roundup: EPA’s assault on coal plants, Stossel video, more
Over the last few days, there has been news on the energy and environment front that has been somewhat crowded out by Obamacare’s day(s) in court. Here’s an update:
WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing today to issue a proposed rule for greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, a move that industry experts believe “effectively bans new coal plants” in the United States. Currently, coal-fired energy provides nearly 45 percent of America’s electricity needs, while solar and wind energy provide a combined 2.33 percent.
IER President Thomas Pyle released the following statement in advance of EPA’s proposed rule:
“President Obama promised to bankrupt coal-powered electricity in the United States, and this latest rule — when combined with the administration’s new rules for mercury emissions and cross-state pollution — makes good on that promise. Already, towns like Craig, Colo., whose economies rely on coal-fired electricity generation, are struggling under the burden of Obama regulations.
“Because the administration couldn’t shut down towns like Craig through cap-and-trade laws, the President has determined to impose his agenda through the EPA. This development is not surprising, given the president’s assurance that cap-and-trade was ‘just one way of skinning the cat.’
As Pyle says, this is exactly what Obama promised to do. How he expects to carry Ohio and Pennsylvania this time around, while waging an all-out war on coal, is a mystery. Perhaps he knows something about how those states will vote in November that the rest of us don’t. If I were a president presiding over the slowest jobs recovery since the Great Depression, I would be focused on creating an environment for job growth, not looking to kill as many jobs as possible.
Here is a video with John Stossel interviewing Dr. Roy Spencer, a climatologist and a leading voice in the pushback against global warming hysteria:
The foregoing statement from Speaker Boehner discusses the job losses associated with these new regulations:
Speaker Boehner Statement on New Job-Killing Energy Regulations
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Obama administration announced new regulations on coal-fired power plants in America.
“Power plants across America have already begun to shutter because of this administration’s anti-energy policies. This new regulation only escalates the White House’s hostility toward the fossil fuels that power America’s economy. With gas prices already soaring, American families and small businesses now stand to face higher electricity bills, and they have this administration’s policies to thank. This rule is a dramatic overreach and a heavy blow to one of America’s richest natural resources – coal – that the President once heralded but now ignores. Once again, there is an enormous gap between the President’s rhetoric and his actions.
“An all-of-the-above energy strategy seeks to promote cleaner energy technology, but it does not extinguish the fuels of today in the process. This is yet another example of the administration siding with the President’s political base instead of American families. The House has already passed legislation to fight the President’s job-killing regulatory agenda, and we will keep fighting the administration’s continued assault on American energy.”
NOTE: On April 7, 2011, the House passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) to prevent the EPA from advancing its anti-business agenda through costly and burdensome regulations that would increase utility rates and cost jobs. On September 23, 2011, the House passed the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act (TRAIN Act; H.R. 2401) to require the administration to examine the cumulative impacts of these and other costly rules on jobs, energy prices, and the economy and to stop the administration from implementing two of the most damaging rules covering coal-fired power plants. The House passed both bills with bipartisan support but they have been blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Both are part of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators.