Obama's EPA War on Coal Forces Shutdown of 60 Year Old Utah Coal Plant


The disastrous Obamacare website roll-out has taken center stage these days as its many flaws exemplify the total ineptitude of the Washington “Obama-ites” as they seek to force individual Americans to participate in a precursor of a single-payer healthcare system. Other problems facing the country remain unresolved but fade from the limelight. There are still no resolutions to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, NSA spying on all Americans, IRS targeting of conservative organizations, the Department of Justice’s attempt to prohibit free speech by enacting penalties against those who speak out against Islam, the targeting of Fox News reporter James Rosen, the government spying on AP reporters, Eric Holder being in contempt of Congress, Kathleen Sebelius refusing to appear before Congress, and the continued war on coal by the Obama administration.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues its ever encroaching regulations on coal plants to decrease the effects of global warming/climate change, which the majority of the computer models predicting this global disaster have proven to be inaccurate at the very least. Next year, one of Utah’s oldest power plants will suffer a closure because of the EPA’s costly mercury emission limiting regulations.

According to the Daily Caller:

The Carbon Power Plant’s location inside a narrow canyon doesn’t give plant operators enough room to install the necessary pollution control technology required by the EPA. Therefore, the plant will have to be closed and 74 workers will lose their jobs.

“The way rules are being crafted there is a regulatory environment that will cause a transition away from coal because of air-quality concerns,” said David Eskelson, spokesman for Rocky Mountain Power – the utility that runs the plant. “But that transition is going to be reasonably gradual. We expect to be able to operate our coal plants to the end of their regulatory lives.”

Another Utah coal plant operated by the Intermountain Power Agency will soon be shuttered as well as its customers in Southern California are requiring energy to come from natural gas or renewable energy.

The necessary pollution control technology required by the EPA consists of “filtration equipment called ‘baghouses’ and other features needed to remove toxin-bearing particulates from the exhaust rising from the stacks” as reported by The Salt Lake Tribune.

Since 2010, there have been 150 coal-burning plants that have announced their retirement equating to 58,000 megawatts of power or one-sixth of America’s electrical output. This can be attributed to pending environmental regulations and numerous lawsuits filed by environmentalists, such as the Sierra Club.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said, “Plant by plant and community by community we are not only curbing our country’s carbon pollution, but we are also saving lives. The transition from coal to clean energy can and will transform our economy by establishing a huge new sector of good jobs that power our communities without poisoning our children.”

According to the Daily Caller, “The Clean Air Task Force claims that shuttering the 150 coal plants will save 4,000 lives annually, prevent 6,200 heart attacks and 66,300 asthma attacks every year and avoid $1.9 billion in health care costs.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Rocky Mountain Power’s coal-burning plants account for 60 percent of its generating capacity with natural gas providing 12 percent, hydro and wind generating 8 percent each, and other renewables barely registering.

The coal industry and some states are not taking this lying down. They are fighting back against the EPA’s coal plant regulations, bringing the issue to the Supreme Court, who has promised to review the greenhouse gas emission limits on the power plants.

According to Laura Sheehan, spokeswoman for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, America would be a very dark place if the Sierra Club has its way. Sheehan states, “Sierra Club seeks to permanently phase out coal from our nation’s energy portfolio by 2030, even though coal powers nearly 40% of America’s electricity, and its diminished use would result in dangerous overreliance on natural gas, which is a ‘just in time’ source, piped in when needed, and intermittent energy sources like renewables.”

Sheehan believes this is “nothing but a loss for the thousands of coal communities” suffering from plant and mine shutdowns while the Sierra Club claims victory.

Obamacare will devastate the health care industry, which is one sixth of the economy, and now coal-burning plants closing leave one sixth of the electrical output of America needing to be replaced by natural gas or renewables. Is it a coincidence that devastation is happening in sixths?

But, all in all, these closings will save 4000 lives annually and avoid $1.9 billion in health care costs. Not to worry though, this will balance out by the thousands of lives lost due to Obamacare and the additional billions spent on “government cheese” insurance; not to mention, there will be thousands out of work. However, this is solved by all the new jobs created through the use of natural gas or renewables. Jobs are growing since 137,000 jobs were created in September to match the over 200,000 entering the workforce, with over 40 million now unemployed. This is the liberal way of balancing the scales. The sarcasm is strong today.

All of these EPA regulations resulting in plant closings and jobs lost are based on the myth of global warming/climate change upheld by faulty computer models generated by government employed scientists. Let’s not forget that the UN admits their computer models were faulty at a rate of 98%. China is the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions. Funny, that does not make the news. The UN nor any other country would dare approach China about their emissions and its effect on global warming/climate change. My guess is China would tell the UN and other countries to mind their own business, take their faulty models and stick it where the sun don’t shine; they aren’t bowing to a myth or any nation or entity, whether sovereign or not.

So, why does the US bow to a myth, encourage reliance on “renewables” and cripple one sixth of America’s electrical output, not to mention the health care industry which is one sixth of the economy? The answer to that question is multi-faceted, but the real question is which one sixth will be next to make it a 666 slam dunk.

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