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Coal plants already announcing shutdowns ahead of Obama adminís regulations
Hotair ^ | 07/11/2013 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 07/11/2013 6:02:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

That’s really the goal, of course, of the Obama administrations incoming regulations. The hardcore eco-radicals will openly admit that, yes, a “war on coal” is precisely what’s needed to accomplish their goals, and that they do want to forcibly remove the coal industry from America’s (and someday, the world’s) energy scheme; but the Obama administration will deny the “war on coal” charge all day long, insisting that, why no, what we really want is just to nudge coal to become more clean and efficient, and eventually support a slow and steady shift in our energy scheme’s proportions as we begin to tackle this regrettably obstreperous problem of climate change.

That’s precisely why they made a point last week of very loudly announcing their plans to directly contribute $8 billion to an initiative to adapt these fossil-fuel “technologies to use them cleanly and more efficiently” as a crucial component of their supposed “all of the above” energy policy. Obama “expects fossil fuels, and coal specifically, to remain a significant contributor for some time,” his new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz pointedly told reporters recently. Riiiiiight.

But in anticipation of his administration’s plans to regulate the heck of out both new and existing power plants, at least several coal plant have already announced forthcoming shutdowns. Here’s one instance:

FirstEnergy Corp will shut two coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania by Oct. 9 due to weak power prices and the high cost of complying with stricter environmental rules, the company said on Tuesday.

In a federal filing, FirstEnergy said it would recognize an impairment charge of about $488 million ($321 million after tax) in the second quarter of 2013 for the shutdowns.

The plants are Hatfields Ferry in Masontown and Mitchell in Courtney, FirstEnergy said in a release. It expects the shutdown of the two plants to affect about 380 employees.

Together, the company said the plants could generate 2,080 megawatts, about 10 percent of its total capacity. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.

FirstEnergy said it would cost about $275 million to install the equipment at the two plants to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

And, oh look, here’s another:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 11, 2013 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) announced today that it expects to retire its 585-megawatt (MW) coal-fueled Muskingum River Plant Unit 5 in Beverly, Ohio, in 2015.

AEP reached an agreement with other parties in February to modify the company’s 2007 New Source Review Consent Decree and give AEP the option to retire Muskingum River Unit 5 or refuel it with natural gas. Due to the cost of compliance with environmental regulations and current market conditions, AEP has determined that it is unlikely to make the capital investment to refuel the unit. …

The company previously announced its intent to retire Muskingum River Units 1-4 (840 MW) in 2015. Approximately 95 employees working at Muskingum River Plant Units 1-5 will be impacted.

And get ready for more shutdowns and job losses, because that almost certainly won’t be the last of them.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carbontax; coal; energy; greenhousegases; kenyanbornmuzzie; opec; regulations
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1 posted on 07/11/2013 6:02:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
America is in for a very bad patch.

Especially you folks who live in a very cold northern state.

2 posted on 07/11/2013 6:05:02 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: SeekAndFind

The administration is justifying this on saving lives that would be lost breathing in toxic pollution. Has anyone calculated the cost per theoretical death these regulations impose?


3 posted on 07/11/2013 6:06:34 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: SeekAndFind

More obama jobs


4 posted on 07/11/2013 6:07:39 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SeekAndFind

And I’m sure His Arrogance’s butt buddy, Slow Joe Manchin, is just jumping for joy down in creepy crackerland.


5 posted on 07/11/2013 6:09:00 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The short list would be the list of all administration officials that are NOT pathological liars!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Where do these libs think that the electricity comes from for their Electric cars?


6 posted on 07/11/2013 6:10:47 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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7 posted on 07/11/2013 6:13:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Were I in charge of an energy company I’d shut ‘em all down, and blandly explain that I have no legal authority to violate international treaties, defy the EPA and the president of the United States in this critical matter of saving the planet from see-oh-two.


8 posted on 07/11/2013 6:18:52 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: machogirl

unicorn farts.


9 posted on 07/11/2013 6:19:21 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank you. A very good graphic. I’m wondering what the libs will do when energy prices are too high for heating/cooling and the rich libs are using the same energy for their electric cars while the middle class/poor are freezing/sweating?


10 posted on 07/11/2013 6:20:58 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: Secret Agent Man

lol


11 posted on 07/11/2013 6:21:36 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: SeekAndFind

So who are the union thugs who lose their jobs going to vote for in the 2014 elections? They will vote the same party line they have voted for decades! They can’t connect the dots!


12 posted on 07/11/2013 6:26:33 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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I care about the coal industry and I hope that this years by far the coldest on record in the North East.


13 posted on 07/11/2013 6:33:15 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: machogirl

The libs think that power for the electric cars will come from wind and solar power. They are not quantitative. They haven’t a clue.


14 posted on 07/11/2013 6:35:37 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: machogirl

“. I’m wondering what the libs will do when energy prices are too high for heating/cooling and the rich libs are using the same energy for their electric cars while the middle class/poor are freezing/sweating?”

They will blame Repblicans for killing grandma. And thats how the MSM will report it.

What they should do is no heat the NY Slimes building this winter. No space heaters no nothing. Let them see what being cold feels like.


15 posted on 07/11/2013 6:37:12 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: machogirl

Well, for starters, the Obama Regime doesn’t give a hoot in Hell about the middle class - that’s who they’re trying to annihilate as a matter of policy. As for the institutional welfare class - the usual suspects - they’ll get further subsidies in their so-called benefit entitlements out of our paychecks in the form of a cost offset. Until we all no longer have paychecks, that is.


16 posted on 07/11/2013 6:39:02 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: RetiredTexasVet

They’re still mining it and selling it. Overseas. That’s why the UMWA ain’t screaming. The new operation over the mountain from me just erected a huge standing rock and bolted their logo onto it. I live in the Pa. anthracite region.


17 posted on 07/11/2013 6:43:35 PM PDT by RedwM
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To: YHAOS
America is in for a very bad patch.

Especially you folks who live in a very cold northern state.


Wouldn't that incentivize Liberal New Englanders and Pacific Northwesterners to relocate South ... into Red states?
18 posted on 07/11/2013 6:44:26 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: SeekAndFind

What are all the inner Obama vote stealing blacks going to do when all the angry, out of work, coal miners show up to take over their communities?


19 posted on 07/11/2013 6:48:34 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (sue the DNC for the IRS abuse! Can RICO laws be used against the DNC?)
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To: Viking2002

I believe you are right. They want a society like Mexico. Elite ruling class, and everyone else in poverty.


20 posted on 07/11/2013 6:52:13 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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