Do you remember when President Obama said his policies would necessarily cause energy prices to skyrocket and bankrupt the coal industry? He was telling the truth. The Business Journal Daily reported that six coal plants will be shuttered thanks to EPA regulations.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is blasting environmental regulations blamed for FirstEnergy Corp.’s decision to close six coal-fired plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. So, too, is U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio, who again accused President Obama of waging “war on coal.”
First Energy said its decision to shutter the plants, including four in Ohio, was based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which were recently finalized, and other environmental regulations. About 430 workers are employed at the Ohio plants. …
As important as the First Energy jobs are, Portman said the “bigger issue” is electric rates in Ohio. Some studies estimate a potential “double-digit” impact on electric rates due to the regulations, he told reporters during a conference call. (Read More)
A report from Williamsport, Maryland Herald-Mail yesterday tells the story of the impact the closing of the R. Paul Smith Power station will have on the entire community.
Williamsport resident Johnna Artz didn’t mince words Thursday about her opposition to the closing of the R. Paul Smith Power Station in town.
“This affects everybody,” she said. “It hurts the whole community with the number of jobs and revenue lost.” The plant, which went on line in 1927 and employs around 40 people, is being closed as a result of tougher emission regulations imposed by theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Artz, 71, who has lived in Williamsport for 48 years, said that the plant closing will impact her family. She said the federal government could focus on other environmental issues instead of those that take away jobs. (Read More)
All of this, and for what?
Recently, I blogged about EPA’s big mercury lie. In a nutshell, the Agency claims that its ultra-expensive new Mercury and Air Toxics rule is appropriate and necessary in order to protect fetuses from developmental disorders. Yet, according to EPA’s own analysis, the new mercury regulation serves to protect America’s supposed population of pregnant, subsistence fisherwomen, who eat 300 pounds of self-caught fish reeled in exclusively from the most polluted bodies of water. To put it another way, this regulation, which costs $10 billion annually, safeguards a population that doesn’t exist. (Read More)
Oh, and let’s not forget about the rolling blackouts we can all look forward to.
As if the economy isn’t bad enough already. Now we’ll have more unemployed Americans and higher energy prices. How does that make sense? Especially when the reasons they give for these regulations are suspect, at best.