Skip to comments.Obama set to kill off coal industry?
Posted on 10/27/2011 10:33:56 AM PDT by Qbert
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The proposed merger of two federal agencies managing public land and mining is part of a White House effort to wipe out the U.S. coal industry, a critic said.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called for the merger of the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Surface Mining.
U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said he had "serious" concerns about the decision to "suddenly and dramatically" change management of coal mines and BLM lands by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration.
"The Obama administration has not made secret its desire to put an end to America's coal mining industry and this appears to be one more step in that direction," Hastings said.
Hastings said BLM and OSM have separate duties. OSM oversees surface coal mining regulations while BLM manages more than 245 million acres primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska.
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Just in time for your winter heating and electricity bills.
As he promised to do in prior statements (”electric bills would necessarily skyrocket”, etc.)
And yet you fools in West Virginia went ahead and sent Joe Manchin to the Senate. It will still be your dumbest decision ever, even if you do join the Big 12.
Energy policy is one more indirect way to accomplish redistribution and establish socialist control. After limiting drilling and exploration, coal is the next sector to attack.
No, when they vote again for Obama in '12, that will be their dumbest decision.
When coal produces 42% of the US electricity , for the EPA / WH to threaten closure of the coal industry prior to winter is illogical .
Rolling “brown-outs” in Texas just this last season .
No nuclear plants built in the last 25-30 years .
The largest coal deposit in the Western Hemisphere exists in our backyard - no importing , no balance of payments , no threat to our supply - EXCEPT by our President ! GO FIGURE !!
He is making us a bananna-republic by his leadership from behind !
Killing jobs has been his strategy all along. Why change course now?
He said he would go after coal during the 2008 election...West Virginia I think voted for him...Isnt that the classic definition of insanity...repeating same behavior and expecting a different result...
WV delivered for McLame...not for Obama
Only the American coal mining industry. The larger Chinese coal industry will be unaffected.
Dear FACES Member,
Its time to protect our nations remaining mining jobs by urging our lawmakers to stop the out-of-control EPA!
H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Hopefully a companion piece of legislation will come up for a vote before the entire U.S. Senate soon -- we need you to urge your Senators to make this happen!
The EPA has made it quite clear that it does not consider the importance of coal jobs, coal communities or even states rights in their decision making process. Please let your lawmakers know that you support H.R. 2018 and the common-sense protections it puts in place:
The bill includes protections for states already EPA-approved water quality standards and permitting authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA.)
The bill sets reasonable time limits for agency comment periods and helps reduce pointless bureaucratic delays in the section 404 permitting process.
The bill places limits on EPAs ability to veto dredge and fill permits issued by the Army Corps of Engineers and gives states more flexibility to administer these permitting programs.
Lets stop the EPA overreach across the nation right now please TAKE ACTION now by sending a letter to your lawmakers in support of H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011."
Thank you for your support,
Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security (FACES of Coal)
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But coal workers can get their student loans forgiven after 20 years........./S
“vote again for Obama”?
In 2008, West Virginia went for Sarah Palin and her running mate.
Sorry. I should have looked that up instead of assuming it went for BO.
WV did NOT vote for Zer0....unlike those of you in PA!
“After limiting drilling and exploration, coal is the next sector to attack.” — Don’t forget, California is implementing cap & trade to destroy any and all industries that use energy.
Manchin, Rockefeller Co-sponsor Coal Ash Bill in Senate
Measure virtually identical to one McKinley sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W. Va., have signed on as co-sponsors of a U.S. Senate bill they say would ensure the safe and effective disposal of coal combustible residuals, also known as coal ash. Ash is a byproduct of coal-fired power plants and is recycled as a building material. The bill is practically identical to one that passed the House of Representatives Oct. 14. That bill was introduced by Rep. David McKinley, R- W.Va. It limits the EPAs ability to regulate the disposal of coal ash.
“But coal workers can get their student loans forgiven after 20 years.”
Even better, they can take out $200,000 in loans to retool themselves, become social workers in their impoverished towns, and pay back only $11,000 after 20 years! It’s a win-win-win for everybody!
No Pastor, they did not. The people of FL and CA however DID!!!
Are we going to stand still for this? CONGRESS HAD BETTER DENY FURTHER EXECUTIVE ORDERS OF ANY KIND! The white House needs a monthly extermination of evil weevils until it is thoroughly cleaned out!
The largest coal deposit in the Western Hemisphere exists in our backyard - no importing , no balance of payments , no threat to our supply - EXCEPT by our TREASONOUS President ! GO FIGURE !!
He said he would.
Excuse me? Are you saying that people like me voted for Obama?
Obama said before the 2008 election
So there you have the socialist Obama admitting what his plan was
but somebody threw a wrench in the works.
The Democrats couldnt get Obamas cap and trade through congress.
Obama wasnt fazed and proclaimed he would effectively accomplish his goal
by letting the EPA mandate new regulations
that would make coal fired plants very expensive to retrofit and operate.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 9, 2011 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) today announced the company’s plan for complying with a series of regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would impact coal-fueled power plants. Based on the regulations as proposed, AEP’s compliance plan would retire nearly 6,000 megawatts (MW) of coal-fueled power generation; upgrade or install new advanced emissions reduction equipment on another 10,100 MW; refuel 1,070 MW of coal generation as 932 MW of natural gas capacity; and build 1,220 MW of natural gas-fueled generation. The cost of AEP’s compliance plan could range from $6 billion to $8 billion in capital investment through the end of the decade. High demand for labor and materials due to a constrained compliance time frame could drive actual costs higher than these estimates. The plan, including retirements, could change significantly depending on the final form of the EPA regulations and regulatory approvals from state commissions.
The retirements and retrofits in the plan are in addition to more than $7.2 billion that AEP has invested since 1990 to reduce emissions from its coal-fueled generation fleet. Annual emissions of nitrogen oxides from AEP plants are 80 percent lower today than in 1990. Sulfur dioxide emissions from AEP plants are 73 percent lower than in 1990. The company currently owns nearly 25,000 MW of coal-fueled generation, approximately 65 percent of its total generating capacity. Coal would fuel approximately 57 percent of AEP’s total generating capacity by the end of the decade.
“We support regulations that achieve long-term environmental benefits while protecting customers, the economy and the reliability of the electric grid, but the cumulative impacts of the EPA’s current regulatory path have been vastly underestimated, particularly in Midwest states dependent on coal to fuel their economies. We have worked for months to develop a compliance plan that will mitigate the impact of these rules for our customers and preserve jobs, but because of the unrealistic compliance timelines in the EPA proposals, we will have to prematurely shut down nearly 25 percent of our current coal-fueled generating capacity, cut hundreds of good power plant jobs, and invest billions of dollars in capital to retire, retrofit and replace coal-fueled power plants. The sudden increase in electricity rates and impacts on state economies will be significant at a time when people and states are still struggling,” said Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman and chief executive officer.
Although some jobs would be created from the installation of emissions reduction equipment, AEP expects a net loss of approximately 600 power plant jobs with annual wages totaling approximately $40 million as a result of compliance with the proposed EPA rules.
“We are deeply concerned about the impact of the proposed regulations on our customers and local economies. Communities that have depended on these plants to provide good jobs and support local services will face significant reductions in payroll and property taxes in a very short period of time. The economic impact will extend far beyond direct employment at power plants as thousands of ancillary jobs are supported by every coal-fueled generating unit. Businesses that have benefited from reasonably priced coal-fueled power will face the impact of electricity price increases ranging from 10 percent to more than 35 percent just for compliance with these environmental rules at a time when they are still trying to recover from the economic downturn,” Morris said.
“Although discounted by some, the potential impacts on the reliability of the transmission system, particularly in the Midwest, are significant. The proposed timelines for compliance aren’t adequate for construction of significant retrofits or replacement generation, so many coal-fueled plants would be prematurely retired or idled in just a few years. AEP’s compliance plan alone would abruptly cut generation capacity in the Midwest by more than 5,400 MW. Depending on the year, another 1,500 MW to 5,200 MW of AEP generation would be idled or curtailed for extended periods as pollution control equipment is installed,” Morris said.
AEP has shared its compliance plan with PJM Interconnection, Southwest Power Pool and North American Electric Reliability Corp. for use in their evaluation of the impacts of EPA’s proposed rules.
“We will continue to work through the EPA process with the hope that the agency will recognize the cumulative impact of the proposed rules and develop a more reasonable compliance schedule. We also will continue talking with lawmakers in Washington about a legislative approach that would achieve the same long-term environmental goals with less negative impact on jobs and the U.S. economy,” Morris said. “With more time and flexibility, we will get to the same level of emission reductions, but it will cost our customers less and will prevent premature job losses, extend the construction job benefits, and ensure the ongoing reliability of the electric system.”
AEP’s current plan for compliance with the rules as proposed includes permanently retiring the following coal-fueled power plants:
AEP would retire generating units at the following locations but continue operating some generation at the sites:
The two coal-fueled generating units at Northeastern Plant (935 MW) in Oolagah, Okla., would be idled for a year or more while emission reduction equipment is installed. Both units would be idled beginning Jan. 1, 2016. One unit would return to service by Dec. 31, 2016. The other unit would return to service by Dec. 31, 2017.
AEP will complete construction of the Dresden Plant (580 MW natural gas) in Dresden, Ohio, in 2012.
In addition to the retrofits above, AEP would install or upgrade emissions reduction equipment at seven other coal-fueled power plants in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio and Texas.
Perhaps the 0bama strategy is to kill off the coal industry, declare that capitalism has failed, then bring it back- under government control, of course.
No0 more than you implied in your #5.
The undocumented Pharoah/Imam/pRes_ _ent-by-Trick:
The stupid adult Americans and children are prepared and ready
for their future slavery.
The King: You inept, undocumented, lying Marxist Kenyan.
I AM an American, unlike you.
Congress has nothing to with an EO...it can’t approve or deny any of it.
You are right...but far too many voted for him.
IIRC, Obama or Biden promised during the ‘08 campaign, to doom the coal industry.
That’s the whole point behind the “green” movement -
replace viable energy sources with unreliable and unviable ones
so that the capitalist economy collapses.
You know, that’s a new angle that I hadn’t thought of...
they restrict “fossil” fuel production UNTIL they get socialist control over everything,
then re-open energy usage, but only under their control, so they can have all the energy they want and restrict it to the peasants in order to keep them under control.
The goals of the elitists, those who are enabling the communists, is to create as much DIFFERENCE in lifestyle between themselves and the masses as possible.
And this plan would do just that!
Jay Rockefeller is trailing in his Senate race as we speak.
Obama said he would do this before he was elected. Evidently some peopele did not believe him.
Really think they can do it?
Not this damned Congress.
Is he going to circumvent Congress again? Boehner thinks it’s “laughable”.
Those who think of the 0bama administration as stupid are wrong.
And its “just co-incidence” energy production is the economic driver in “red states”, too !! >PS