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EPA Turns Out The Christmas Lights
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/28/2011 | Russ Harding

Posted on 12/30/2011 2:55:22 PM PST by MichCapCon

Enjoy this season’s Christmas lights; next Christmas it will be considerably more expensive to run the lights that adorn Christmas trees, homes and businesses in many areas around the country, including Michigan.

Most American households would have preferred a lump of coal in their stocking from the Environmental Protection Agency rather than the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule issued by the agency today. The rule is aimed at coal-fired power plants, mandating among other things a 90 percent reduction in mercury emissions. This may be the most expensive regulation on utilities issued by the EPA to date, estimated to cost utilities around 11 billion dollars per year.

Utility companies around the country are already reacting to the EPA's Christmas present by announcing the shuttering of 72 power plants around the country, including several in Michigan, as well as filing for rate increases running into the double digits.

No, Virginia, wind power will not replace coal in the generation of electricity as it is too expensive and unreliable. Natural gas is far more likely to replace the lost coal-fired plants. Fortunately, natural gas prices are currently low, but it bears a recent history of large fluctuations in price.

Natural gas is also the preferred heating fuel for homes in most areas of the U.S. However, utilizing it will require vast quantities of the fuel, which is likely to have an escalating effect on future prices.

Perhaps in the end the Grinch could not steal Christmas, but the EPA is trying its best.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: bulb; light

1 posted on 12/30/2011 2:55:33 PM PST by MichCapCon
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To: MichCapCon

More jobs lost, higher electric bills, less food on the table and the EPA is just getting started. I expect to see the economy worsen in 2012 between healthcare and the EPA.


2 posted on 12/30/2011 2:59:28 PM PST by formosa (Formosa)
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To: MichCapCon

The EPA needs to be erased from our government.

Unfunded - shutdown.

The next republican president could effectively do it with the stroke of a pen by simply firing all of the employees and not paying their utility bills. That’s how easy it is. If they say otherwise, they don’t really mean it when they speak against the EPA.


3 posted on 12/30/2011 2:59:28 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: MichCapCon

My electricity already costs me more than 3 times what it did 10 years ago.


4 posted on 12/30/2011 2:59:45 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: MichCapCon

Economic Treason


5 posted on 12/30/2011 3:01:23 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: formosa
Natural gas is also the preferred heating fuel for homes in most areas of the U.S. However, utilizing it will require vast quantities of the fuel, which is likely to have an escalating effect on future prices.

They could start by lifting the great lakes drilling ban and supply the midwest while easing the pressure elsewhere.
6 posted on 12/30/2011 3:04:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek
My electricity already costs me more than 3 times what it did 10 years ago.

................................

Since Dec 21, 2003

Must be the FReeping. : )

7 posted on 12/30/2011 3:13:14 PM PST by digger48
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To: KoRn

The EPA is on Perry’s list of the big three government agencies to shut down.


8 posted on 12/30/2011 3:13:48 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: MichCapCon

If whoever becomes the next president does not deal with the EPA, then they are not worth much. We need to reduce them to a crew of about 5 people.


9 posted on 12/30/2011 3:16:25 PM PST by Revel
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To: cripplecreek

Nope. That could possibly make sense, and we can’t have any of that. Screw people, the earth must be saved!


10 posted on 12/30/2011 3:18:36 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: MichCapCon

In other words,

NO mercury (not the slightest bit) allowed to produce electricity but...

....bulbs filled with mercury to burn in each home.

“The first effect of not believing in God, is that you lose your common sense.” ...GK Chesterton


11 posted on 12/30/2011 3:23:36 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: vpintheak
State geologists estimate that approximately 30 wells could be directionally drilled under the Great Lakes. Directional drilling, sometimes referred to as slant drilling, is performed at an angle, allowing placement of the well head onshore rather than on a drilling platform in the lake. While director of the Department of Environmental Quality in 1996, I (Russ Harding) was approached by companies interested in exploring for oil and gas under the Great Lakes. I asked the Michigan Environmental Science Board (a group of scientists, mostly from universities, with environmental and natural resource expertise) to study whether directional drilling under the Great Lakes posed any threat to natural resources.

The Board concluded: "[T]here is little to no risk of contamination to the Great Lakes bottom or waters through releases directly above the bottom hole portion of directionally drilled wells." The Board went on to say: "There is, however, a small risk of contamination at the well head." The board made recommendations on steps that could be taken to mitigate any impact to the Great Lakes from the well head, including locating the wells at least 1,000 feet from the shoreline and implementing proper waste disposal measures.
Before the ban, eight wells had been directionally drilled under the Great Lakes without environmental harm.


Great Lakes Directional Drilling Ban Should Be Lifted

They passed the stupid ban on the backs of photos of offshore oil rigs in the gulf and pictures of oil soaked sea birds, neither of which have anything to do with drilling for natural gas under the great lakes.
12 posted on 12/30/2011 3:24:20 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: KoRn

There was a time when I thought that this agency could be rolled back to its functions in the 80’s, but now I think it needs to be completely eliminated, all it’s employees fired (and barred from reapplying), and restarted with the limited mission that it was designed to do.

By now, probably everyone down to the bathroom attendants there are wackos.


13 posted on 12/30/2011 3:25:47 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: cripplecreek

If only an intelligent person like yourself was in charge miracles would happen.
Used to live in Michigan and with the exception of Detroit, I loved it. I wish they would drill there. It was a family friendly state for the most part and I would hate to see it go the way of California.


14 posted on 12/30/2011 3:30:48 PM PST by formosa (Formosa)
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To: MichCapCon

When people start throwing away the “new” mercury contaminated squiggly light bulbs. I wonder if the mercury released by millions of bulbs will equal the coal plants.


15 posted on 12/30/2011 3:32:59 PM PST by marty60
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To: formosa
Funny thing is that we drill for oil all over the place in Michigan. There are working wells in every single county of the lower peninsula. Lots of drilling going on here in southeastern Jackson county these days but natural gas is where its at.

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16 posted on 12/30/2011 3:35:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: marty60

20 years down the road the government will be seeking billions in cleanup funds from all the mercury in the landfills.


17 posted on 12/30/2011 3:37:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

OH, no doubt about that!


18 posted on 12/30/2011 3:50:20 PM PST by marty60
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To: MichCapCon

They’re aiming for a 90% reduction in mercury at coal burning plants? What about the new light bulbs??? I believe that’s the next move by the EPA: once all the incandescent lights are used up, they will strictly limit the use of the new bulbs because of their mercury content. They want us sitting in the dark, folks! They want us using 15th century wind technology and no electric lights or electricity! Except for them - because they are an integral part of society. Let’s take back our country before it’s too late.


19 posted on 12/30/2011 3:53:23 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: formosa

Change...bah, humbug!


20 posted on 12/30/2011 4:02:01 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: FrdmLvr

Do you realize that both Mark Schauer and Bart Stupak counted CMS energy among their top contributors while in office?


21 posted on 12/30/2011 4:03:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: MichCapCon

And who builds those natural gas fired turbine generators?None other than GE!


22 posted on 12/30/2011 4:09:52 PM PST by Renegade
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To: SumProVita
NO mercury (not the slightest bit) allowed to produce electricity but... ....bulbs filled with mercury to burn in each home.

Makes sense to an ecoweenie, I'm sure.

23 posted on 12/30/2011 4:11:16 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: cripplecreek

Shocked! not!


24 posted on 12/30/2011 4:20:29 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Renegade
And who builds those natural gas fired turbine generators?None other than GE!

Not a fan of GE but someone has to do it. Buying GE generators sure beats the hell out of freezing to death in the dark.
25 posted on 12/30/2011 4:21:43 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: FrdmLvr

Open secrets is a great research tool. Stupak has joined the other 369 former members of congress who are currently lobbyists

http://www.opensecrets.org/revolving/top.php?display=Z


26 posted on 12/30/2011 4:30:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: MichCapCon

What is the EPA going to do about all of the volcanoes that put out more mercury than mankind can even begin to think about making?


27 posted on 12/30/2011 4:42:07 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Revel

No President or Congress will get rid of ANY government agency, except maybe Ron Paul. Romney, Newt, Perry will only grow government, just like Ronald Reagan and both Bushes grew government each and every year. What will it take for so called small government conservatives to learn that Republicans have been in a position to stop government growth either through vetoing bills as President or cutting spending in congress for most of the past 40 years and never have.


28 posted on 12/30/2011 4:51:02 PM PST by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: Renegade

Existing Coal Fired Boilers can be easily converted to Natural Gas Fired. No big investment - cleaner stack emissions - Gas Turbines not required.


29 posted on 12/30/2011 6:21:44 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: Renegade

Existing Coal Fired Boilers can be easily converted to Natural Gas Fired. Cleaner stack emissions and No need to buy Gas Turbines.


30 posted on 12/30/2011 6:31:15 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: TNoldman

Sorry about duplicate posting - loading was really slow tonight.


31 posted on 12/30/2011 6:33:06 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: formosa
More jobs lost, higher electric bills, less food on the table and the EPA is just getting started.

ping

32 posted on 12/30/2011 7:00:25 PM PST by alrea
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To: MichCapCon
The rule is aimed at coal-fired power plants, mandating among other things a 90 percent reduction in mercury emissions...astounding - at the same time they push this rule, they're requiring the country to abandon incandescent lighting in favor of systems like CLF bulbs, which contain high levels of mercury and practically demand a visit from your local hazmat unit for cleanup if one accidentally breaks - these people truly are psychotic......
33 posted on 12/30/2011 9:22:37 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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