EPA Waging 'War on Coal'?
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan that would
essentially "outlaw" coal-fired power plants in the United States — yet have no
significant effect on global CO2 emissions.
The EPA calls the plan the first "Clean Air Act standard for carbon
pollution" in new power plants.
"The proposal, if enacted, will effectively outlaw the construction of new
coal-fired power plants by capping acceptable carbon dioxide emissions at a
level below what is attainable by modern plants," according to Robert Bryce, a
senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
"Prohibiting coal will increase the cost of producing electricity — a cost
which will ultimately be paid by consumers — while doing almost nothing to
reduce global carbon-dioxide emissions."
After the EPA announced the 257-page proposed plan, Democratic Sen. Joe
Manchin of West Virginia said the move shows that the EPA is engaged "in a war
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