Obama's war on coal hurts Americans


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Obama’s escalating executve action War on Coal will needlessly harm Americans

By Gretchen Randall

Date:  January 7, 2015



Situation: Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing numerous rules and regulations this year that will cost the economy thousands of jobs.

 The EPA’s regulation to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from coal-burning power plants is a virtual war against coal, which is the main source of electricity in 21 states and provides about 40 percent of the nation’s total electricity.  It is estimated that this rule, when finalized later this year, will cause many of power plants to close over the next twenty years because they will not be able to afford the costs to bring the plants into compliance.  

 The Heritage Foundation estimates this will cause a loss of 600,000 jobs nationwide and raise the cost of cooking, heating and lighting for the average American family. http://dailysignal.com/2013/12/17/epa-plans-kill-jobs-reduce-incom/

 Of course, Obama warned the country in 2008 while running for president when he spoke of his energy plan and forecast that, “electricity prices will necessarily skyrocket.”      (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/01/02/obama-administration-preps-regulatory-rush-in-2015/)

 And it’s not just carbon regulations with which the Obama administration has hit the country.  According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), 3541 final rules and regulations were approved in 2014.  Another 2375 rules are being considered this year.  These are rules proposed by federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and do not require approval by Congress, however Congress may now be able to pass legislation to prohibit or rein in some of theses rules.  https://cei.org/content/unconstitutionality-index-feds-issued-27-regs-every-new-law-3541-2014

The new Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), recently said, “As Majority Leader, I will continue to take the War on Coal right back to the President and his EPA with laws aimed at protecting coal jobs, restricting the use of government funds for ill-conceived regulatory schemes, and robust congressional oversight of Washington bureaucrats.”

 Note: As this was being written, U.S. EPA announced it will delay the final rules on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants until later this summer to allow states time to submit their plans.

Contact: Gretchen Randall

Winningreen LLC

Chicago, IL

Phone: 773-857-5086

e-mail: grandall@winningreen.com