Skip to comments.The Regulations are Coming, the Regulations are Coming
Posted on 11/11/2012 8:09:42 AM PST by Kaslin
Part of the hope the Romney campaign offered was a comprehension of the role energy plays in the American economyespecially energy that is abundant, affordable, and available. He made energy the number one point of his five-point plan. During his now-unsuccessful bid for the White House, he met with industry leaders from a variety of sectors to determine what would unleash job growth and economic development.
Those meetings, and Americas current predicament, brought about a transformation in his thinking and resulted in specific agendas designed to roll back the Obama Administrations onerous regulationsspecifically those imposed by Lisa Jacksons Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Many of the EPA regulations, such as the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards for Power Plants and Boiler MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) Rule, are particularly destructive to the coal industry. Understanding the death knell the Obama Administrations regulations were issuing to the coal industry and, more particularly, the miners and their families in Appalachia, the region rallied around Romney.
On Friday, November 9, a coal industry newsletter stated: In President Barack Obamas second term, U.S. coal producers are bracing for tighter regulation of everything from emissions from coal-burning plants, to coal ash, to respirable coal dust in mines, to Appalachian surface-mining activities. One example is the U.S. EPAs Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, one of the most costly rules in EPA history.
In her book Regulating to Disaster, economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth describes the regulations this way:
The Mercury and Air Toxic Standards for Power Plants rule will make electricity generation far more complex and expensive, especially in the eastern half of the United States. It will require the closure of many coal- and oil-fired power plants, and placement of emissions control equipment on others.
Maximum Achievable Control Technology means that plants and boilers have to use the most stringent methods possible to get heavy metals out of the air, even if these methods cost billions and the benefits are worth far lessas the case with the new utility rule. That is why many plants will have to close.
Furchtgott-Roth explains that the new regulations mean higher electricity prices for these parts of the country, which are already suffering from declining manufacturing. Interestingly, she points out that the battleground states of Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Michigan will be hit particularly hard by the increased electricity rates brought about by the regulationsregulations that a Romney presidency would have likely overturned.
For example, while I did not have access to Team Romneys plans for either the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards or Boiler MACT, I do have white papers on other blows to coal, such as the Cooling Water Intake Structures Rulewhich affects thousands of existing power plants and manufacturing facilities that generate electricity or manufacture other goods and that also withdraw at least 2 million gallons per day of cooling water.
The Romney document states: The proposed rule imposes a huge regulatory burden for little environmental benefit; EPAs own estimate of total annualized compliance costs for the impingement standard alone is $384 million, while it estimates that the cost will yield only $18 million in annualized benefits. Moreover, the rule requires the power industry to bear cumulative costs that have not been analyzed by EPA. It delineates actions to be taken through either litigation and/or executive order.
Following the Obama victory, the specifics of the Romney plan are irrelevantother than to note that plans did exist that would have saved jobs and kept electricity rates low. In West Virginia, which has had 80% of its electricity generated from coal, regulations have already nearly doubled electricity rates in just the past few years.
Valerie Jarrett, often referred to as the brains of the White House, is reported to have threatened anyone who opposes them with punitive actions: After we win this election, its our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we dont forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded; the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.
The coal industry, already under attack, came out en masse for Romney in hopes of saving their communities and livelihoods. In the current climate, a Romney victory was their only hope.
In September, Alpha Natural Resources announced major lay-offswith 400 jobs already eliminated and nearly 1000 more to take place in 2013, production cuts, and the closure of eight mines. Presumably, a Romney win could have reversed the economic devastationin Eastern Kentucky alone, more than 2000 jobs have been lost in 2012.
Apparently Teco Energy also saw the writing on the wall and was hoping against hope for a Romney presidency. Two days after President Obama was re-elected, Teco Coal Company announced major lay-offs. Likewise, Murray Energy released a statement saying it would give pink slips to 102 workers at its West Ridge Mine in Utah and 54 at its underground mine in the southern Illinois town of Galatia.
In a prayer Bob Murray read to his staff before letting them go, he said: My regret, Lord, is that our young people, including those in my own family, never will know what America was like or might have been. They will pay the price in their reduced standard of living and, most especially, reduced freedom. Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build. We ask for your guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise.
Wasting no time on the payback threat, also on Friday, the Department of Interior (DOI) issued a final plan to close 1.6 million acres of federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development.
With the Jarrett threat dangling, the EPA is likely to tighten the regulatory screws on the coal industryraising electricity rates and increasing lay-offs in an already hard-hit region. The DOI will continue to restrict oil and gas developmentpumping up gasoline prices and hurting the middle class and the poor.
Many of us hoped to wake up Tuesday, November 7, to a feeling of freedom, flexibility and fun. Instead, we find ourselves facing four more years of regulation, restriction, and rancor.
As Al Jolson once said,”You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
Directive 10-289 is just around the corner. With the consequences of Obamacare legitimizing its appearance. God help us!
When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but when the ruler is a man of discernment, understanding, and knowledge, its stability will long continue. Proverbs 28:2 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The average person has no clue as to the consequences of shutting down all these coal fired power plants. In a year or so we will have rolling blackouts and your power bill will be $500 per month if you have it. Thanks to the smart meters once you use up your monthly allotment of KW’s they will turn you off til the start of the new month.
I wish Texas weather and landscape were better. I've lived in Northern California for 60 years and I'm stuck on its weather and beauty.
Yes, but the same problem would exist if Romney would have won because Romney == barry. /bs
CARB regulations in California will be a killer. You’ll be taxed for mowing your lawn.
Will Texas secede from the Union?
I hope so. It serves them right
I mean of course the liberals
Who knows? But I love their attitude.
The whole country is going to be inundated with guys like Dickless over here.
Congress, recall your oath, obey that oath, do that which your oath calls upon you to do...................
Now Americans will learn what it’s like to live in a country occupied by the enemy. Conservatives and patriots control 30 states. It’s time to make use of that political power. A good beginning would be to drive every rat from state and local offices, and then start cleaning out the rat cities.
We can impeach him and he should be. Unfortunately we can not remove him due to those idiots who rather sat on their butts instead of making sure we get the majority back in the Senate
Which part are you talking about?
A lot of the coal that is mined in western North America ends up getting shipped overseas to countries around the Pacific Rim.
Obama’s Energy Policy
Explaining away that 47% remark and going on the attack
What Romney could have explained are the reasons why those on fixed incomes must go on food stamps and apply for other benefits such as energy assistance etc.
The price of ; goods, services ,food, as well as the cost, use, and type of of energy resources, particularly coal,and oil, have all been driven up by Obama through his endless edicts, use of regulations and prohibitions all designed to change the systems of distribution and use of pleantiful resources to conform to his socialist scheme or ideal. Without any regard to the consequences. After all let US remember “to make an omlet ..”one must break a few eggs” and the one who made that remark and the followers of that ism who repeat it.”
Instead we learned about the 20 million jobs Mitt would create ...which the electorate blew off as smoke...
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