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It's Happening: 5 Coal-Fired Power Plants Shutting Down
Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2012 | Erika Johnson

Posted on 03/01/2012 6:58:13 PM PST by Kaslin

At the close of 2012, the EPA dictated a politically calculated--oops, I mean, for the sake of the public welfare, issued a--huge new stack of emissions regulations aiming to force coal-fired power plant operators to choose between installing pollution control equipment, switching to cleaner natural gas, or shutting down their plants. Which is good, because in 2008, President Obama did promise to bankrupt the coal industry... so, that's at least one promise he's kept, right?

Edison International (EIX) plans to shut down at least two aging coal-fired power plants in what could be a growing wave of retirements as low natural-gas and electricity prices and stricter pollution rules make many of these facilities unprofitable.

Edison will shut down its two Chicago coal-fired power plants -- one this year and one by 2014 -- rather than install pollution-control equipment to comply with state pollution limits, the company said. Edison said it also would likely shut down a third coal plant in Waukegan, Ill., and possibly others. ...

Companies are increasingly announcing plans to shut down aging coal plants as the cost of installing pollution-control equipment can exceed the value of the plant.

The Sierra Club estimates that these regulations are preventing a lot of premature deaths (I'm not sure how they think they know that), but Sen. Pat Toomey is not pleased:

But Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, said that as many as 315 people could lose their jobs.


"I am dismayed by the news that hundreds of Pennsylvanians will lose their jobs because of this impending wave of federal regulations. While I fully support sensible, existing power plant regulations to protect our air, the cumulative effect of these new rules, which are some of the costliest in the EPA's history, is overwhelming."

And while the Obama administration can certainly hope and dream that the ensuing energy vacuum will be filled by the bounteous sources of wind, solar, and other greenie endeavors, you can bet that more 'necessarily skyrocketing' electricity prices are what's for dinner.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government; US: Illinois; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: coal; energypolicy; marxistcoup; obamunism

1 posted on 03/01/2012 6:58:13 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

A lot more than five are shutting down. It is insanity. We get more mercury from China that we do our own power plants. Nature puts out 100 times more through volcanoes and vents in the earth.


2 posted on 03/01/2012 7:03:53 PM PST by BipolarBob (When do the salmon return to Capistrano?)
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To: Kaslin
switching to cleaner natural gas

I smell a bait and switch coming like they did with clean coal. Now we have a growing clamor in Michigan to stop drilling for natural gas which was supposed to be an even better alternative to the clean coal we were promised.
3 posted on 03/01/2012 7:04:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin
Well we told them so, and they still voted for this jerk. No crying on our shoulders now, you asked for it you got it.

Vote Republican next time idiots.

4 posted on 03/01/2012 7:04:42 PM PST by annieokie
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To: BipolarBob

and the idiots up in PA and other areas still vote for the radical left wing fools because they got flyers off their unions .


5 posted on 03/01/2012 7:05:41 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: Kaslin

If there are brownouts, there is no better way than the Chicago way.


6 posted on 03/01/2012 7:07:47 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve got it all figured out. Obama’s cronies own stock in “Snuggies”.


7 posted on 03/01/2012 7:14:11 PM PST by The Duke
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To: Kaslin

Here in the West power plants are in remote areas and support very small communities. If these power plants shut down the whole community dies.
What’s it like in the East where these plants are shutting down? How many supporting businesses will die with them?


8 posted on 03/01/2012 7:14:16 PM PST by WestwardHo
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To: Kaslin
I've got some coal-miner-friends here in the Ohio Valley. They're working...mining coal for China.

I'd like to see a few more Nuke plants to put some compensatory megawatts on the local power grid, but for the econuts.

9 posted on 03/01/2012 7:14:27 PM PST by Rudder
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To: Kaslin

We are truly running out of time to stop these people from killing us.


10 posted on 03/01/2012 7:15:37 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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To: annieokie

Probably not the change they were hoping for. LOL, suckers!


11 posted on 03/01/2012 7:17:30 PM PST by kevao
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To: Kaslin
In WWII, the German Abwehr tried to infiltrate teams into the US to harass and sabotage American infrastructure. The ability to shut down five powerplants was the stuff of their wildest dreams.
12 posted on 03/01/2012 7:20:55 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BipolarBob

Those are probably just the first five


13 posted on 03/01/2012 7:34:19 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Good! cut all energy to the NE.


14 posted on 03/01/2012 7:35:08 PM PST by NoLibZone (Buffet proves calls for more taxes is to buy votes,not reduce deficits.He pays less than Bush rates.)
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To: Kaslin

In 2010, the GOP in the average congressional district got 60 % of the white vote. That was a first. IMHO, it gets larger in 2012. The question is how much?


15 posted on 03/01/2012 7:48:42 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: Kaslin

Ping


16 posted on 03/01/2012 7:53:59 PM PST by wyokostur
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To: Kaslin

and when we get blackouts, they will blame corporations and lack of enough billions for solar and wind.


17 posted on 03/01/2012 8:14:01 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Kaslin
The Sierra Club estimates that these regulations are preventing a lot of premature deaths

that's because people haven't started freezing in the dark yet...

18 posted on 03/01/2012 8:24:11 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: annieokie
Vote Republican next time idiots.
If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you arent't racist, vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you aren't stupid.
19 posted on 03/01/2012 8:50:54 PM PST by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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Looking forward to rolling blackouts. You'll have a choice... Run your refrigerator or charge your electric vehicle overnight. Hey, maybe they'll develop a hybrid... A hybrid ice-box/refrigerator. You know, get back to a simpler way of living. Besides, privation is good for the soul. OK, not the soul, since that would be misconstrued as the government allowing religion. Character, yes that's it. Privation is good for the character.

Mark

20 posted on 03/01/2012 8:54:03 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: manc

My Ultra Conservative Granny was shocked that I was voting against Al Gore back in the day. Nothing I showed her was anything but evil Republican lies. When I pull that lever it’s 100% sure we know in my family, why? Thinking voters today are just plain old “rare”.


21 posted on 03/01/2012 10:09:55 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: Kaslin

I know of guys getting laid off due to the power plant closures. Someone in charge isn’t thinking of the consequences of closing those plants/getting rid of coal. It’s not going to help “someone’s” reelection.


22 posted on 03/01/2012 10:18:10 PM PST by madison10
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To: Kaslin

Pennsylvania voted 55% for Obama Hope N’ Change in 2008.

So now Obama is giving them the Change they voted for.

They will soon Hope that others are smart enough to boot him out in 2012.


23 posted on 03/01/2012 10:33:07 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Kaslin

How long does Congress/Military wait; while America is being destroyed; before something is done about the President ‘who would be King’ - if he did not already imagine that he was.


24 posted on 03/01/2012 10:57:04 PM PST by cricket (. It is not just the economy. . .and Newt knows it. . .)
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To: Kaslin
After they strangle the coal plants they'll go after
natural gas to finish the kill.

There is no fine line, energy IS our economy.

25 posted on 03/01/2012 11:07:12 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: wjcsux

that is my fav., yard sign/bumper sticker


26 posted on 03/02/2012 12:26:31 AM PST by annieokie
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To: cricket
I'd like to know that as well.

PA was warned that Obama would do this, they voted for him anyway. How do you protect voters from destroying themselves by their very own votes??

THEY WERE TOLD loud and clear. I don't feel sorry for them, none at all. You can't fix STUPID. New Orleans proved that.

We can tell them again this year, they will still vote for ZERO, wanna bet?

NEWT needs to get up there quick and smooth their feathers, if thats possible, tell them how he will fix the problem. Timing is very important NEWT, get going or send someone.

27 posted on 03/02/2012 12:36:52 AM PST by annieokie
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To: cricket

Obama has set his sight higher than merely being a king. Obama is striving to be emperor of plantet Earth with a longer view of being emperor of our universe.


28 posted on 03/02/2012 12:51:39 AM PST by monocle
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To: monocle
Emperor works - or even higher.

This man has a 'God-complex' like no other President. Still remember, his celebratory speech given the night of Election - in Chicago. The visual of Obama on stage; with large screen visual behind him. No one else shared that stage; or the lights or the drama. It was sickeningly spooky; and certainly a moment that screamed it's own warning.. .

And then; there was California and the fake Greek columns. . the American flags - and trash- thrown to ground afterward.

Yes; he told America; warned America; and still does; when he poses that he is not 'finished' with America; his job not done. The Obama logo is not America's flag yet.

They say 'cooked frog' tastes like chicken.

29 posted on 03/02/2012 1:18:09 AM PST by cricket (. It is not just the economy. . .and Newt knows it. . .)
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To: MaxMax
After they strangle the coal plants they'll go after natural gas to finish the kill.

Proof is Obama's proposed FY 2013 Budget where the EPA gets more funding to investigate shale gas.

If Obama gets re-elected, they will enact rules to make the costs of natural gas production higher than the industry will tolerate.

30 posted on 03/02/2012 3:29:39 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Kaslin

Revenge of the fat bureaucrat #LisaJackson


31 posted on 03/02/2012 1:49:11 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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