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'War on coal:' GOP Senate group moves to block EPA power plant rules
Fox news ^ | Jan 18, 2014

Posted on 01/18/2014 7:44:40 AM PST by upchuck

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 39 fellow Republicans are attempting to use a rarely used legislative tactic to block planned Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas standards that would limit the amount of carbon new power plants can emit.

The Kentucky senator filed a formal resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used provision that allows Congress to block executive branch regulations that Congress considers onerous. The EPA rules were published in the Federal Register last week.

"Kentucky is facing a real crisis here," McConnell said Thursday in introducing the disapproval motion. Regulations imposed by the Obama administration have already cost hundreds of coal jobs in Kentucky, McConnell said, adding that the EPA rule "would effectively ban coal-fired power plants from being built in the future."

"The Obama administration appears to be sending signals that its latest regulation is just the beginning in a new, expanded front in its war on coal," said McConnell.

The agency's rules would impose tough new limits on the amount of carbon dioxide new plants are allowed to emit, essentially requiring any new coal plants to install expensive carbon-capture technology. Critics argue the technology is too expensive, not commercially available and poses safety risks.

The Sierra Club denounced the Republican effort as a "political maneuver."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coalplants; epaoutofcontrol; mcconnell; sierraclub; waroncoal
Betcha McConnell wouldn't be bothered if he did not represent (?) a coal state.
1 posted on 01/18/2014 7:44:40 AM PST by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Aiken Electric, my local power company, publishes a monthly magazine. In the latest issue there’s an article by the CEO claiming that these EPA rules could push my electric bill up by 54%.

The EPA, like most federal agencies, is out of control.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 7:47:43 AM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: upchuck

McConnell has a crisis of his own,voters in his state think it’s time for him to go.


3 posted on 01/18/2014 7:48:18 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: upchuck
OSHA got overzealous on safety regulations some time ago and CONgress threatened to refund them is they did not comply.

It worked.

4 posted on 01/18/2014 7:55:12 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: upchuck

I don’t think it will be too long before Barry and his boy, Eric the Holder, have the FBI coming around reading our electrical meters.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 7:55:49 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where are Holder's "po folks" getting the I.D.s to sign up for ObamaCare?)
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To: Farmer Dean

“The Obama administration appears to be sending signals that its latest regulation is just the beginning in a new, expanded front in its war on coal,” said McConnell”

Mitch, always a day late and dollar short.


6 posted on 01/18/2014 7:56:31 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: upchuck

Five years into the Obama regime and he is just discovering that their goal is to destroy America. Sorry, Pal. We’re entering the fourth quarter and are down 75 points.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 7:56:39 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: upchuck
he Sierra Club denounced the Republican effort as a "political maneuver."

That's rich coming from the party of anything goes!

8 posted on 01/18/2014 7:57:46 AM PST by CWW (Pray for God's Protection!)
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To: upchuck

He’s up for re-election and every vote buy counts.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 7:58:22 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: upchuck

Betcha McConnell wouldn’t be bothered if he did not represent (?) a coal state during an election year..


fixed it for ya.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 7:59:21 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Gee Mitch where were you during the 2008 campaign when the Hero of Benghazi said he was going to put all of the coal companies out of business?


11 posted on 01/18/2014 7:59:27 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Georgia Girl 2

12 posted on 01/18/2014 7:59:56 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

No one cares= they’ll get away with it.


13 posted on 01/18/2014 8:03:11 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: CWW

OK!! Everybody pay attention!

Lesson for today:

1. The sun is 1,300,000 times as big as the earth.

2. The sun is a ball of fire that controls the climates of all its planets.

3. The earth is one of the sun’s planets.

4. The earth is a speck in comparison to the size of the sun.

5. Inhabitants of the earth are less than specks.

Study Question: How do less-than-specks in congress plan to control the sun?


14 posted on 01/18/2014 8:14:25 AM PST by abclily
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To: CWW
...The Sierra Club....

Doesn't the Sierra Club support eagle-killing wind energy? They have no credibility.

15 posted on 01/18/2014 8:16:34 AM PST by grania
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Google just bought the technology to control it all.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 8:21:33 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: upchuck

The Sierra Club denounced the Republican effort as a “political maneuver.”

Well, it was a political maneuver by this administration
to put those regulations in place.

Liberals generally accuse you of what they are doing.


17 posted on 01/18/2014 8:23:53 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: upchuck

There have been articles about EPA reducing fines if companies will donate to certain green non profit organizations.

This was very common in Germany during the Hitler years. “We won’t fine you if you use your profits to build us a munitions plant.”

fascism to the core............................


18 posted on 01/18/2014 8:24:32 AM PST by PeterPrinciple
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To: grania
Doesn't the Sierra Club support eagle-killing wind energy? They have no credibility.

The Sierra Club also supported natural gas, including soliciting donations from the industry, until we found it under our feet.

19 posted on 01/18/2014 8:34:29 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: upchuck
the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used provision that allows Congress to block executive branch regulations that Congress considers onerous

"rarely used" - I see the problem already

20 posted on 01/18/2014 9:02:59 AM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: upchuck
" an article by the CEO"

What a pity more of our gutless, fawning, very rich CEOs don't do this. They have a real bully pulpit which they should use more often. The problem is that if their costs go up, caised by the EPA, then their prices have to go up and, BINGO, the brilliant CEO has increased revenues. Time for a bigger bonus.

21 posted on 01/18/2014 9:20:41 AM PST by I am Richard Brandon (center)
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To: upchuck
From Obama’s own lips...he'll bankrupt coal/power plants.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-aLcbr63ME

22 posted on 01/18/2014 9:29:09 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: upchuck

Limiting the EPAs ability to make law instead of enforcing laws passed by the two legislative bodies is what needs to be done. To do anything less lets them continue forcing their ideology down peoples throats on other fronts.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 9:39:26 AM PST by SCHROLL
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To: upchuck

Oh hey,,,Mitch woke up!

Too late


24 posted on 01/18/2014 9:41:53 AM PST by austinaero
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To: upchuck

Stupid comment. Senators are representatives of their state.


25 posted on 01/18/2014 9:47:00 AM PST by WriteOn (Truth)
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To: upchuck

I just wish we didn’t have to rely on these pubby pussies.

What else can be done to subdue the ecomaniacs at EPA?


26 posted on 01/18/2014 10:38:46 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: tet68

“Liberals generally accuse you of what they are doing.”

That’s what Lenin said to do.

Vladimir, not John.


27 posted on 01/18/2014 10:40:03 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: upchuck
Betcha McConnell wouldn't be bothered if he did not represent (?) a coal state.

And he wasn't up for re-election.
28 posted on 01/18/2014 10:49:39 AM PST by Old Yeller
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To: upchuck
The Kentucky senator filed a formal resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used provision that allows Congress to block executive branch regulations that Congress considers onerou

is there a time limit on this ?
they should have done this when Obama started legislating Obamacarebr
29 posted on 01/18/2014 3:25:30 PM PST by stylin19a (Obama -> Fredo smart)
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To: upchuck

Not to worry. He will be caving soon for the right price... or Reid and the media tells him that he’s being a bad boy.


30 posted on 01/18/2014 4:03:40 PM PST by Moorings
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