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Birthpangs 2012/05/02 16:04:39
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The nonelected EPAhas shut down the building of coal fired power plants in the USA, without the permission of congress or asking the people of the USA.


Anti-energy crusaders are in a celebratory mood this week as the EPA effectively banned the construction of coal-fired power plants, and thus completed the federal government’s trifecta beat-down on affordable energy.


First, new obstacles to energy production resulted in oil production on federal lands dropping 11% in Fiscal Year 2011 vs. 2010. Second, President Obama announced earlier this year that his administration was blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would deliver large quantities of valuable oil from neighboring Canada. Third, the EPA announced this week its severe global warming restrictions on power plants.


For all the talk of an “all of the above” federal energy policy, this administration is imposing “none of the above,” unless we choose to celebrate our imminent burning of dung for fuel, like they do in the utopian economic powerhouse of Bangladesh.


Coal is our nation’s leading source of electricity for a reason; it is less expensive than all other sources except large-scale hydropower, which environmental activists had already taken off the table. By definition you cannot ban the least expensive power sources without creating a jump in electricity prices. If you have been a fan of our rapidly rising gasoline prices, you are going to love what is about to happen to our electricity prices, too.


There is at least one theoretical scenario whereby banning the construction of coal-fired power plants will only cause a modest rise in electricity prices. That scenario would occur if natural gas filled most of the void for future power plant construction and government refrained from punishing natural gas production. However, the same environmental extremists who successfully pushed for the end of new coal-fired power plants are just as adamant about shutting down natural gas production.


The EPA is already targeting natural gas production from lucrative shale formations, and is likely to soon impose unprecedented restrictions that will raise costs and throttle natural gas production. Tripling down on “none of the above” appears poised to become quadrupling down on “none of the above.”


Oh, and I forgot to mention this administration’s pulling the plug on the Yucca Mountain repository for spent nuclear fuel. Make that quintupling down on “none of the above.”


Those who claim humans are causing a global warming crisis argue that expensive energy is necessary to stop the growth in our global warming emissions. The facts, however, tell a different story.


U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have fallen since the beginning of the century, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration does not anticipate any appreciable rise in emissions for at least the next several decades. True, global emissions have risen by approximately one-third this century, but the United States has had no part in that global increase.


The reason why global carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise is nations such as China and India continue to ramp up their industrialization. China, for example, emits more carbon dioxide than the entire Western Hemisphere and is increasing its carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 10 percent per year. Even if the United States theoretically eliminated all of its emissions today, such action would be rendered moot in less than a decade merely by the corresponding increase from China.


What we are left with, even if we assume for the sake of argument that humans are causing a global warming crisis, is tremendous self-induced economic pain for absolutely no real-world environmental impact.

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  • Kim 2012/05/02 16:17:34
    This useless body of unelected Communists needs to be done away with before t...
    Kim
    +3
    Obama needs to be rid of unless we all want to be broke....It is so disheartening for our generation, we have worked for decades paying for our homes and saving for our retirement and now thanks to Obama policies and even to some extent Bush....we have lost everything we have worked for for decades..they say our houses will not rebound in our lifetimes and our retirements have been used to live on......family heirlooms are being pawned and sold just to make ends meet...unless obama is done away with this Nov. there will not be any of us who have anything left when he is done with us.....get used to be ing 80 yrs old and not being able to pay your bills...or being forced to take in family members and living communally just to make it....
    I hope Obamas deadbeat supporters are suffering right along with the rest of us who had the courage and understanding enough not to vote for that pig.....

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  • LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH 2012/05/04 23:35:00
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    LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH
    +1
    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, his Administration, HARRY REID, NANCY PELOSE

    DEMS hurt US SO MUCH, ALREADY! TIME TO THROW them all OUT!
  • Birthpangs LADY LI... 2012/05/04 23:36:21
  • SunLover 2012/05/02 16:52:07
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    SunLover
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    in reality no company was planning to build new coal plants anyway, because gas-powered plants are cheaper, so this EPA ruling will have no effect on current plans nor on energy bills

    A spokesperson for American Electric Power, whose 38,000 MW fleet is currently two-thirds coal, told Ron Brownstein, “We don’t have any plans to build new coal plants. So the rules won’t have much of an impact.”


    http://grist.org/coal/2011-12...
  • Birthpangs SunLover 2012/05/02 17:19:34
  • SunLover Birthpangs 2012/05/02 21:46:05
    SunLover
    pffttt... so the power companies THEMSELVES are telling you the story you published is garbage, but you profess not to believe them... kind of suggests you're not interested in the truth, hmmm...?
  • Birthpangs SunLover 2012/05/03 01:50:49 (edited)
  • minniehaha 2012/05/02 16:17:41
    This useless body of unelected Communists needs to be done away with before t...
    minniehaha
    +2
    i think they should all be thrown out if we didnt elect them they shouldnt draw a dime for wages or anything else
  • Kim 2012/05/02 16:17:34
    This useless body of unelected Communists needs to be done away with before t...
    Kim
    +3
    Obama needs to be rid of unless we all want to be broke....It is so disheartening for our generation, we have worked for decades paying for our homes and saving for our retirement and now thanks to Obama policies and even to some extent Bush....we have lost everything we have worked for for decades..they say our houses will not rebound in our lifetimes and our retirements have been used to live on......family heirlooms are being pawned and sold just to make ends meet...unless obama is done away with this Nov. there will not be any of us who have anything left when he is done with us.....get used to be ing 80 yrs old and not being able to pay your bills...or being forced to take in family members and living communally just to make it....
    I hope Obamas deadbeat supporters are suffering right along with the rest of us who had the courage and understanding enough not to vote for that pig.....
  • Birthpangs 2012/05/02 16:06:10
  • Birthpangs Birthpangs 2012/05/02 16:18:30
  • SunLover Birthpangs 2012/05/02 16:53:39
    SunLover
    perhaps there's no outrage because (1) the public recognise the urgent need for carbon emissions reductions and (2) because coal is on its way out as an energy source anyway - it's just too dirty and polluting
  • Birthpangs SunLover 2012/05/02 17:20:16
  • SunLover Birthpangs 2012/05/02 21:47:01 (edited)
    SunLover
    reality has a left wing liberal bias eh? :-)
  • Birthpangs SunLover 2012/05/03 01:51:47
  • ray SunLover 2012/05/02 21:17:14
    ray
    +1
    There will be a HUGE outcry next summer when the power grid collapses.
    The Grid is strained to capacity now . ( plants haven't closed yet )

    Obama decided That America had 64 ( more to follow ) power plants than it needed and they will soon be shut down. There are not to many new plants that are going to be build . EPA regulations , why bother?

    There will be a horrible death toll as people freeze to death and suffer heat stroke in the summer . Sacrifices for Gaia right ?
    In addition there will be rationing and rolling black outs , Got yer Smart meter yet ?
    Industries will collapse as they depend on cheap energy .
  • ray ray 2012/05/02 21:19:48
    ray
    List Of Power Plants Retiring In Face Of EPA Rules
    http://www.officialwire.com/m...
  • Birthpangs ray 2012/05/02 21:32:17
  • ray Birthpangs 2012/05/02 21:55:00
    ray
    Are you thinking I'm one of the wackos?
    Posted is a partial list of power plants that will not be available soon .

    The wackos simply assume when they flick the switch the power will always be there.
    They assume someone will build power plants to please them ,Plants that run on Sunshine , rainbows and pixie dust.
  • SunLover ray 2012/05/02 21:49:11
    SunLover
    sacrifices for us, not just nature - it can't be right to trash the planet for untold numbers of future generations, can it? that would be immoral
  • ray SunLover 2012/05/02 23:00:32
    ray
    Future primitives living in a Mad Max world will be grateful for the consideration surely.
  • Karen E Birthpangs 2012/05/02 16:22:33
    Karen E
    +1
    thermal undear wear and sweats too..........

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