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  • Testimony, advocates clash at EPA coal hearings

    07/31/2014 3:44:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    WTAE-TV Pittsburgh ^ | July 31, 2014 | by JOE MANDAK
    PITTSBURGH —Union miners and others opposed to stricter pollution rules for coal-burning power plants proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency clashed inside and outside the city's federal building on the first of two days of public hearings on the new regulations. About 5,000 union members, led by the United Mine Workers of America, on Thursday marched to the William S. Moorhead Federal Building chanting, "Hey, hey, EPA! Don't take our jobs away!" A few members of a Pittsburgh-based union, Boilermakers Local 154, traded shouts and insults with some 300 environmental activists who stood on a nearby street corner as the...
  • Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record

    07/30/2014 8:04:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 29, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    For the first time ever, the average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity in the United States has broken through the 14-cent mark, climbing to a record 14.3 cents in June. ... Back in June 1984, the seasonally adjusted price index for electricity was 103.9—less than half what it was in June 2014. Electricity prices have not always risen in the United States. The BLS has published an annual electricity price index dating back to 1913. It shows that from that year through 1947, the price of electricity in the United States generally trended down, with the index dropping...
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    07/28/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/28/14 | Dina Cappiello
    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.
  • Coal company bankruptcies accellerating [Obama keeping his campaign promise]

    07/26/2014 11:41:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    Bloomberg is reporting on the increase in coal company bankruptcies in recent years, due to the switch by power companies to natural gas and fracking, which has flooded the market with cheap gas. Driving this conversion is the prospect of new, draconian rules to be issued by the EPA on emissions from coal plants. Exports are failing to save U.S. miners. Slowing Chinese growth and rising competition from overseas, including increased Australian output, have sent the price of metallurgical coal, used in steelmaking, to a six-year low. Central Appalachian thermal coal, used in power plants to produce electricity, fell on...
  • Senate Hopeful Wants EPA Administrator to Visit Montana Coal Town

    07/26/2014 10:33:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 25, 2014 | Rod Kackley
    Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) invites — no, Daines demands — Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency visit the town of Colstrip, Mont., to see for herself the impact of her agency’s Clean Power Plan on that community. So far, he has not received her RSVP. This time next year, he could have a lot more pull with the EPA. Daines could be forgiven if he is doing some early packing. He can’t be too worried about winning the November Senate election. Rasmussen Reports gives him an 18-point lead among Montana voters in his bid to replace Sen....
  • Study: Biomass Worse for Environment than Fossil Fuels

    07/26/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | July 25, 2014 | Nick Hallett
    Power stations that burn biomass are worse for the environment than those that burn coal, new analysis suggests. According to David MacKay, the government’s chief scientific advisor on energy, burning wood imported from North America in British power stations produces more greenhouse gases than burning coal.As previously reported on Breitbart London, American scientists wrote a letter to the British government in May to protest the policy of subsidising power firms to import wooden pellets from the U.S. They said that this was anything but carbon neutral as the forests from which the pellets are taken act as a “carbon sink”, taking carbon dioxide...
  • Beijing shuts large coal power plant to curb smog

    07/23/2014 6:47:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/23/14 | AFP
    Beijing (AFP) - Beijing on Wednesday closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants that are set to be shut down as part of efforts to curb its choking air pollution, media reported. The 50-year-old Gaojing Thermal Power Plant is to be replaced with a gas-fired power station, one of four that is to be built as the Chinese capital aims to boost its reliance on cleaner energy, Xinhua news agency said. The other three major coal-fired power plants in Beijing will be closed by 2016, the state-run agency added. A five-year plan was introduced in the city last...
  • EPA chief McCarthy, critics spar at Senate hearing over new rules

    07/23/2014 10:56:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014
    EPA chief Gina McCarthy issued a strong defense of controversial proposed new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants, telling a packed Senate hearing Wednesday the agency talked to all sides in the debate before issuing its draft recommendations. “This is the most respectful rule at the federal level that I have ever been involved in,” the Environmental Protection Agency administrator told the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, citing what she said was the flexibility given to the states to design their own plans to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. But Republicans and many in...
  • Coal workers laid off in Wise County [Virginia]

    07/22/2014 11:13:43 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | WCYB News Staff
    Another round of layoffs for the coal industry – this one striking Wise County, Virginia. On Monday workers at both Cumberland River Coal’s Pine Branch Number One in Wise County, and a second mine in Letcher County, Kentucky, learned that the mines would be shutting down indefinitely. Derrick Saylor is one of the workers who learned that he would be losing his job. "Here in the mountains we are tight knit, like a family," said Saylor. "People we work with are like family cause we are with them as much as family at home" "It’s tough [and] it’s sad to...
  • San Juan battle lines drawn (Reliable coal power vs. renewables in NM)

    07/21/2014 12:33:06 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 21, 2014 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    The battle over where New Mexico’s electricity will come from after Public Service Company of New Mexico shuts down half of the coal-fired units at San Juan Generating Station near Farmington is growing. Environmentalists and renewable energy advocates adamantly oppose a PNM proposal to increase its share of coal-generated electricity from San Juan by 132 megawatts after some of the plant’s other co-owners abandon it. They fear PNM is committing New Mexico consumers to another two decades of coal-fired electricity despite rising costs from federal environmental regulations, while squandering an opportunity to double down on renewable energy for the future....
  • My Remarks on New Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations at ICCC9 (EPA Whistleblower)

    07/21/2014 11:33:39 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    Carlin Economics and Science ^ | July 18, 2014 | Alan Carlin
    On July 8 I received the Climate Science Whistleblower Award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change sponsored by the Heartland Institute and other cosponsoring organizations held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following are remarks I prepared for my acceptance statement:~~snip~~I wrote my negative comments on the Endangerment Finding support document because I believed EPA was using bad science ... But it is very encouraging to find that others agree with my decision to do so, which EPA clearly did not. My offending comments to EPA led to my being immediately muzzled at the same time that Obama was...
  • Gov. Dayton: Minnesota should eliminate coal use

    07/21/2014 5:11:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 7-18-14 | AP
    <p>MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton challenged energy policy and business leaders Thursday to find a way for Minnesota to eliminate coal from the state's energy production.</p> <p>Dayton, who has spoken of his aim to eliminate coal before, said it's time to start talking details so that Minnesota can lead the nation.</p>
  • Kemper Coal Plant Prepares for Operation

    07/18/2014 6:50:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    WTOK ^ | July 17, 2014 | Candace Barnette
    Mississippi Power is looking for ways to make a positive economic impact as the Kemper Coal Plant is slowly nearing its finish line. The facility has completed construction and is now in the process of testing its equipment. And coal engineers say as they begin, they're doing their best to hire locally. "We sign long-term contracts with our customer," mine engineer Matt Jones says. "We've got a 40-year contract with Mississippi Power for this operation. We're part of the community, and we want to make sure we're hiring our neighbors as much we can." At its peak, the coal plant...
  • Smoke Responsibly And Roll Coal The Right Way With These Truck Modification Options

    07/11/2014 7:58:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/10/2014 | Emma Colton
    Conservative truck owners have a new way to rebel against environmentalists and the government’s obsession with carbon footprints: tricking-out diesel pickups with coal stacks that spew black smoke. Called “coal rollers,” these smoky renegades use their sweet chimney stacks to smoke-out hybrids by emitting black exhaust into the atmosphere. Here at The Daily Caller, we are going to give you the basics on how to modify your pickup, so every hybrid driven by some guy in a pink Argyle sweater will know exactly where you stand.
  • Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama And Enviros

    07/06/2014 2:08:09 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5JUL2014 | Hunter Walker
    Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars. "Coal Rollers" are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate's Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, "rolling coal" has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations. Last month, Vocativ noted many coal rollers focus...
  • Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama And

    07/05/2014 1:23:07 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 5 2014 | Hunter Walker
    FULL TITLE: Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama And Environmentalists Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars. "Coal Rollers" are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate's Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, "rolling coal" has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of...
  • Al Gore Denounced in Australian Press as Money Hungry 'Ferengi' for Mining Magnate Alliance

    06/29/2014 6:39:20 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine if in America there were a coal mining magnate as famous as Donald Trump who was the founder of a political party named after himself (Trump United Party?). In addition, this well known person would be strongly opposed to a carbon tax. Obviously such a person would be considered an enemy by environmentalists. Well, think of the shock if none other than Al Gore held a friendly joint press conference with such a person. Many would suspect that money was the motive for such a strange alliance. Guess what? Something like this happened last week in Australia where Al...
  • Alpha closing mine near Haysi [Virginia], 121 workers cut

    06/27/2014 8:23:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | WCYB News Staff
    121 people will be out of a job after Alpha Natural Resources closes one of its mines. Alpha told News 5 WCYB the Cherokee Mine near Haysi, Virginia is at the end of its life. 66 miners will be officially laid off in 60 days. 55 others will continue to work, removing equipment and infrastructure and buttoning up the mine, which should take until September. The mine opened in 1997 and became part of Dickenson-Russell Coal Company and Alpha in 2002. The company says the mine closure is a result of continued adverse market conditions and the high cost of...
  • Tell the EPA what you think of its climate rules

    06/24/2014 4:55:10 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    Grist ^ | 19 Jun 2014 | Grist staff
    You know those proposed EPA power-plant rules that we’ve been going on and on and on about? Now you can go on and on and on about them yourself. The Obama administration has opened up the official 120-day public comment period, after the proposal was published in the Federal Register. The EPA will accept feedback through Oct. 16, so now’s the time to speak your mind. Here’s how to comment. The big enviro groups are going to be pushing to make the rules stronger, while industry and Republicans are trying to undermine them. The EPA will consider all the feedback...
  • Media won’t tell you, so here are reasons to doubt global warming

    06/22/2014 6:49:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    MaineToday ^ | June 20 , 2014 | M.D. Harmon
    Various statements and events defy the claim of a ‘universal consensus’ on ‘harmful’ climate change. “Have you noticed that the nature of the crisis du jour may change, but the solutions always involve higher taxes and more power for the political class?” ... There’s a reason some global warming enthusiasts demand that the media refuse to print or broadcast skeptical views. Polls show Americans continually rank “climate change” near the bottom of lists of important issues. Apparently, “global warming is harmful because shut up” is the only argument many activists have left. And there’s a reason the Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Grouse hits 400,000 Acres Out of Energy Production

    06/21/2014 8:19:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 20, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government’s decision to ban energy development across a wide swath of Colorado and eastern Utah to protect the Gunnison sage grouse habitat has raised concerns the action would inflict economic damage. Although the Obama administration was not expected to make its decision as to whether the bird warrants the endangered listing until November, the Bureau of Land Management’s decision this week effectively puts an oil, gas and coal moratorium on 400,000 acres – roughly 90 acres per bird. The final decision was “pushed back until after the election, because when people understand the impact on jobs, people get...
  • Inflation? Only If You Look At Food, Water, Gas, Electricity And Everything Else

    06/20/2014 8:49:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Have you noticed that prices are going up rapidly? If so, you are certainly not alone. But Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, the Obama administration and the mainstream media would have us believe that inflation is completely under control and exactly where it should be. Perhaps if the highly manipulated numbers that they quote us were real, everything would be fine. But of course the way that the inflation rate is calculated has been changed more than 20 times since the 1970s, and at this point it bears so little relation to reality that it is essentially meaningless. Anyone that...
  • Numbers Don’t Lie: The global energy story of today is coal, dwarfing the output of solar and wind.

    06/19/2014 6:43:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/19/2014 | Robert Bryce
    Rasheed Wallace gained notoriety during his 16-season NBA career for being a hot-headed power forward. If called for a foul (or, as was often the case with him, a technical foul) that he thought was undeserved, and the opposing team missed the ensuing free-throw attempts, Wallace would often holler, “ball don’t lie,” as if the basketball itself was pronouncing judgment on the ref’s call. The “ball don’t lie” expression has gained fame and is even the title of a popular basketball blog. I’d be inclined to adopt a variation on Wallace’s catchphrase for whenever energy use or energy policy is...
  • Ohio coal company sues over carbon emissions rules

    06/18/2014 4:58:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 7:39 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    One of the nation’s largest coal companies on Wednesday sued President Barack Obama’s administration seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emissions rules for power plants. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Murray Energy Corp. EPA rules announced this month seek to reduce global warming by forcing a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. […] “This is clearly an illegal attempt by the Obama EPA to impose irrational and destructive cap-and-tax mandates, which Congress and the American people have consistently rejected,”...
  • Feds block oil and gas leasing in Sage Grouse habitat ( Utah & Colorado )

    06/17/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 17, 2014
    Federal authorities have issued a moratorium blocking oil, gas and coal leasing on 800,000 acres of public land in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah that is habitat for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse. ... restrictive measures that will impact jobs and economic development
  • Unintended Consequences: Fly-Ash Shortage (Vanity)

    06/15/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 20 replies
    6/15/2014 | BwanaNdege
    I went to two different local concrete ready-mix plants on Friday, looking to get a small quantity (two buckets) of fly-ash for an R&D project. Both places mentioned the shortage of fly ash.
  • President Obama and the EPA are killing U.S. energy

    06/12/2014 6:19:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Rare ^ | June 10, 2014 | Dr. Greg Brannon
    In January 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama essentially pledged to shut down the American energy market with new regulations when he said, “If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.” Two years later his destructive rhetoric continued to flow through the administration’s hallways as federal officials threatened to keep the government’s boot on the neck of oil companies that hadn’t fell in line. And unfortunately, as we learned last week, President Obama fully intends to keep his promise of dismantling the domestic coal industry once and for all. The Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Obama—Not a Friend of Coal. Or West Virginia

    06/09/2014 6:52:44 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 14 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | June 9, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    Approximately thirty miles from my front door is a West Virginia, coal-fired power plant that was recently shut-down by the last round of Obama-imposed EPA mandates. Now the word comes down from Washington that Obama has ordered the EPA to institute another batch of non-congressionally-approved regulations, which are certain to place other West Virginia power plants in jeopardy. In another glaring lie mined by the administration, Obama says these decisions will help the environment.
  • ABC Revives Soros-Funded Attacks on Johns Hopkins and Coal Companies

    06/09/2014 9:29:44 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies
    newsbusters ^ | june 6, 2014 | sean long
    Building on a long week of anti-coal attacks by the media and the Environmental Protection Agency, ABC’s June 5 “World News” revived another attack on the coal industry. ABC hyped a 2013 investigation that it conducted in partnership with the Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity (CPI). It alleged that the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions had essentially been bought off by coal companies to ignore cases of black lung disease in miners. ABC’s David Muir declared a “victory a long time in the making,” Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Paul Wheeler for allegedly “working for the coal company.” (video after break) On October 30, 2013, ABCNews.com...
  • John Podesta: EPA carbon rule will survive next president

    06/06/2014 3:45:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | June 6, 2014 | By DARREN GOODE
    White House counselor John Podesta is “fairly confident” that proposed EPA greenhouse gas restrictions can survive scrutiny under the next president — and that Democrats can campaign on the climate change issue in races this year. “If you’re a climate denier trying to run nationally, I think you’re going to have a very hard road to go getting elected president of the United States,” he said. “There’s no doubt there’s some states where this is an issue that presents a different set of political challenges, particularly coal-producing states,” he said. “And there’s no doubt that the polluters have come after...
  • Paul Krugman: The Climate Domino

    06/06/2014 12:46:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 5, 2014 | Paul Krugman
    Maybe it’s me, but the predictable right-wing cries of outrage over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules on carbon seem oddly muted and unfocused. I mean, these are the people who managed to create national outrage over nonexistent death panels. Now the Obama administration is doing something that really will impose at least some pain on some people. Where are the eye-catching fake horror stories? For what it’s worth, however, the attacks on the new rules mainly involve the three C’s: conspiracy, cost and China. That is, right-wingers claim that there isn’t any global warming, that it’s all a hoax...
  • Hey Stupid! They Attack Energy; You Attack a Deserter

    06/05/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | John Ransom
    This is how stupid we've become: Does Obama do one stupid thing to cover for the other stupid thing? Does he do the stupid prisoner exchange to make up for the stupid carbon plan? Or is all the stupidity organic? Getting past the fact that none of this makes anybody in United States look very good, I think these are legitimate questions. Because it seems to me that Obama has waved the red meat, and the conservative lions have attacked. The red meat in this case being the exchange of prisoner Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists. CNN...
  • This Democratic Senate candidate just hit Obama hard in an ad

    06/04/2014 2:23:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 4, 2014 | BY REBECCA BERG
    With the EPA's proposed new power plant rules posing a potential threat to Democrats running in coal-reliant states, Alison Lundergan Grimes is fighting back early -- and fiercely -- by attacking the president and the EPA in a new radio ad, unveiled Wednesday. In the ad, which will air mainly throughout Kentucky's coal counties in the east and west of the state, Grimes takes President Obama to task for the new regulations on carbon emissions, which would be phased in over the next 15 years. "Mr. President, Kentucky has lost one-third of our coal jobs in just the last three...
  • ‘We are back to the time of … government by fiat,’ state senator says (WI)

    06/04/2014 8:43:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 6-3-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — As the Obama administration tightens the noose around the necks of coal, power plants and mining, one Wisconsin state senator is worried the next victim could be a proposed iron-ore mine just south of Lake Superior. Gogebic Taconite is proposing building a $1.5-billion open pit mine in the Penokee hills In Iron and Ashland counties, near the small community of Mellen. An economic impact report projects the mine could create thousands of jobs in job-famished northern Wisconsin and beyond. State Sen. Tom Tiffany, who shepherded a bill that streamlined state mining regulations that could pave the way...
  • Obama rules by decree because Congress lets him: Real reason for EPA-led war on coal

    06/03/2014 8:33:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 3, 2014 | Lord Monckton
    During the 2008 election campaign, Mr. Obama made two things clear. First, that the Constitution of the United States was a reactionary document that stood in the way of socialism. Secondly, that he was going to wage war on coal. The latest arbitrary and capricious EPA regulations requiring a 30 percent cut in national CO2 emissions by 2030 are at root unconstitutional. As Article I, Section 1, of the Constitution says, “All legislative power herein granted shall be vested in the Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.” The EPA is...
  • Coal-state lawmakers rally against power plant emissions crackdown

    06/03/2014 10:47:42 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 3, 2014
    Coal-state lawmakers, accusing President Obama of using a back door to impose strict emissions limits on power plants, are rallying to slam that door shut -- claiming the plan would cost jobs and jack up electric bills. In Kentucky, West Virginia, and other states that rely on coal to fuel their own economies -- and that help generate power for everybody else -- officials vowed Monday to introduce legislation halting the newly announced EPA plan. Under the draft regulation unveiled Monday, carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants would be cut 30 percent by 2030. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., calling...
  • Minnesota ordered to cut carbon emissions 41 percent

    06/03/2014 5:25:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-2-14 | Amy Forliti
    emissions by nearly 41 percent over the next 15 years as part of a sweeping plan President Barack Obama announced Monday to reduce pollution from power plants. Obama's plan calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions nationwide by 2030, when compared with 2005 levels. It sets different goals for each state, and some that rely heavily on coal won't have to make as many reductions. Minnesota is one of nine states told to reduce their 2012 levels by more than 40 percent, to help meet the nation's overall reduction goal. Officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, utilities...
  • EPA rule gives new boost to gas

    06/03/2014 5:09:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 2, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Natural gas is poised to be one of the biggest winners of the Obama administration’s new plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions, accelerating the electric sector’s move away from coal toward the cleaner-burning power source. Despite a modest climb in coal use for electric generation in 2013, it already has fallen out of favor in the power sector, as utilities increasingly turn to natural gas for its cheaper, lower-emission profile. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed standards — requiring states to pare carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030 — are likely to hasten that switch. But natural...
  • Labor unions none too happy with the Obama administration’s new emissions regulations

    06/03/2014 4:10:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 2, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The Obama administration knew that it wasn’t going to get applause from all of its fellow Democrats on the regulations released by the Environmental Protection Agency this morning — and not only did officials not expect any, they even gave Congressional Democrats their implicit blessing on the issue. Via Reuters: Democrats in Republican-leaning states have a simple strategy for dealing with President Barack Obama’s upcoming power plant restrictions before the mid-term elections: Fight them, with the White House’s blessing. The new rules, popular with the Democratic Party’s base, are one of Obama’s highest domestic priorities for his second term. …...
  • EPA Admits Climate Rule Will Raise Electricity Prices

    06/02/2014 1:53:51 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 2 2014 | The Daily Caller
    In 2008, Barack Obama said his energy plan would cause electricity prices to “necessarily skyrocket.” The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest power plant regulations seem designed to do just that. The EPA’s own regulatory analysis of its rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants says it will hike retail electricity by as much as 6.5 percent by 2020 — all while forcing 19 percent of the U.S. coal-fired capacity to shutdown and decreasing coal production by up to 28 percent. “Under the provisions of this rule, EPA projects that approximately 46 to 49 GW of additional coal-fired generation...
  • 'Clean Energy' Ruined Spain; now Obama is Dragging the US Over the Same Green Precipice

    06/02/2014 1:11:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-2-14 | James Delingpole
    "Feeding the masses on unicorn ribs". That was how Walter Russell Mead once poured scorn on Obama's misbegotten attempts to revive the US economy by creating five million "green jobs." Mead was quite right, of course. And there was plenty of evidence to back him up, such as the 2009 report by a Madrid university professor Gabriel Calzada Alvarez that for every expensive "green job" created by government subsidy, 2.2 jobs were destroyed in the real economy. The Obama administration responded as only the Obama administration knows how: by calling in its left-wing attack dogs. Friendly organisations including George Soros's...
  • EPA unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

    06/02/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/02/2014 | BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND JEFF MASON
    The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed by the United States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity. Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Monday that between 2020 and 2030, the U.S. amount of carbon dioxide the proposal would reduce under the plan would be more...
  • Some states move to blunt impact of Obama's expected emission standards for power plants

    06/02/2014 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    US News ^ | June 1, 2014 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers. The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, further diminishing coal's role in U.S. electricity production in the process. The Environmental Protection Agency refused to confirm the details of the proposal Sunday. People familiar with the proposal shared the details on condition of anonymity, since they...
  • EPA spokeswonk tries to sell Obama’s power plan with nirvana style graphics

    06/02/2014 8:52:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Wattsupwiththat.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    Wow, this EPA guy (Joseph Goffman, EPA Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel) thinks that renewables are going to make up 30% of the power grid by 2030. That may be, but the big hidden gotcha in that is that 30% is not power on demand. It is at the whims of wind and clouds. By replacing that much of the power grid with transient energy, look for brown-outs and black-outs in our future. What happens in a major heat wave (which they predict will be more frequent) and the wind does not blow? Watch the video: See also...
  • Domestic production satisfies 84% of total U.S. energy demand in 2013

    06/02/2014 8:24:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JUNE 2, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Total U.S. energy production reached 81.7 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) in 2013, enough to satisfy 84% of total U.S. energy demand, which totaled 97.5 quads. Natural gas was the largest domestically produced energy resource for the third year in a row and, together with the other fossil fuels (coal, crude oil, and hydrocarbon gas liquids), accounted for more than three quarters of U.S. energy production. In total, the United States consumed 97.5 quads of energy, 82% of which was fossil fuels. Renewable and nuclear energy made up 10% and 8%, respectively, of U.S. energy consumption. The portion of U.S....
  • Obama administration targets coal with controversial emissions regulation

    06/02/2014 8:18:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Foxnews ^ | June 02, 2014 | staff
    <p>The Obama administration took aim at the coal industry on Monday by mandating a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030 -- despite claims the regulation will cost nearly a quarter-million jobs a year and force plants across the country to close.</p>
  • The EPA as Super-Legislature

    06/02/2014 5:16:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 6-2-14 | Editors
    Having failed to get the Democrats’ cap-and-trade scheme through Congress, President Obama intends to create it through fiat, with the Environmental Protection Agency scheduled to issue today what amounts to a bill of attainder against coal-fired electricity generators. The regulation will set a national limit on greenhouse-gas emissions from coal plants and then offer states a phony menu of choices for meeting that standard, stacking the policy deck in such a way as to force them into cap-and-trade programs administered by multistate cartels. It is far from obvious that the Obama administration has anything like the legal authority for this;...
  • New EPA Rules: The Beheading of King Coal

    06/02/2014 5:05:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Barron's ^ | May 31, 2014 | Jim McTague
    Payday is arriving for clean energy's diehard investors, those optimistic carbon-hating Robespierres who have survived repeated hope and despair, beginning with Bill Clinton's administration. A proposal due from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday is expected to require huge cuts in power plants' carbon-dioxide emissions by 2025. Utilities heavily reliant on coal will be the losers, while those with lots of nuclear plants, like Exelon (ticker: EXC), or with solar or wind generation, will be in hog heaven. Small wonder that clean energy exchange-traded funds rose last week when details of the plan began to leak from the corridors...
  • The War on Coal? Wyoming's future is at stake in the debate on coal

    05/31/2014 6:33:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Wyoming Star-Tribune ^ | May 31, 2014 | By BENJAMIN STORROW
    There is little doubt among the students in Brandon Cone’s engineering class at Campbell County High School that a war is being waged against coal. The children of the mechanics who fix the mines’ great diesel trucks, the welders who staff their machine shops and the railroad employees who see the final product shipped across the country and beyond have obvious pride in the local industry. “We power a lot of the country just from Gillette,” said Corey Silver, a junior whose father works at the Cordero Rojo mine, a comment widely echoed by his peers. The students’ pride in...
  • Obama suggests his upcoming rule on coal plants will avert long-term health crisis

    05/31/2014 5:45:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama on Saturday tried to bolster public support for new rules his administration will announce next week on coal-firing power plants, arguing their carbon emissions are a nation health crisis – beyond hurting the economy and causing global warming. “We don’t have to choose between the health of our economy and the health of our children,” Obama said in his weekly address. “As president and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”(continued)