Skip to comments.Lawmakers & interest groups clash as Obama prepares to announce performance standard for power plant
Posted on 05/29/2014 1:21:40 AM PDT by markomalley
Lawmakers and Washington interest groups are engaged in a battle over whether looming EPA rules will help or hurt as President Obama prepares to announce a highly anticipated performance standard for power plants June 2.
The proposed standard will require existing natural gas and coal-fired power plants to release no more than 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour of electricity - easily done with natural gas but unobtainable by present day coal plants.
Although coal still provides almost 40 percent of U.S. electricity, the White House's new point man on energy, John Podesta, said Wednesday that climate change necessitates coals demise. "President Obama believes we have a moral obligation to act now to curb climate change," he said.
While Podesta affirmed the president's commitment to address climate change, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was releasing a study that found the new standard will result in the loss of 224,000 jobs every year through 2030 and impose $50 billion in annual costs.
"The American household will lose $586 billion of disposable income. That means a household losing over $3,400 of income they'd otherwise be spending on something else," said Karen Harbert of the Chamber of Commerce.
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Well, all you union coal miners who already lost your jobs can now join your friends and family as they lose their jobs. Then you’ll all have plenty of time to go down on election day and vote for some more democrats.
when this was reported by fox as a possibility about 3 years ago, I called ed markeys office and the young man who took my call said “fox lies”.
The EPA is an illegal Government operation not allowed by the Constitution!!
WTF America, THIS IS INSANITY!!!
It would be nice if the Dhims would be the ones who have the electricity blackouts.
Exactly. He’s an idiot.
This is satire, right?
The folly of closing working coal plants, while seeing them built abroad in the name of global warming and special interest groups makes just no economic sense. No wonder our country is in the economic malaise.
It makes perfect sense if you intend to bring down the US and enslave its population. Obama loves our enemies and believes the US should pay for all its past sins as he sees them. He is the head of a coup that has overthrown America.
China is so much better at controlling pollution don'tcha know? Those pictures of air pollution in China were actually taken in the mountains of West Virginia.
For real I wish our side would be hollering this - why aren't they putting forth a cohesive counter-argument?
A power and money grab plain and simple. This is insanity.
You should call back in, recount that conversation, and rub their noses in it.
TVA can't even afford to keep up with the standards. Every upgrade they do the EPA adds more rules. TVA is closing down coal fired steam plants. They aren't building new ones either. Our energy policies are being written by fools who have no real concept of affordable and economically feasible energy. They have their Kindergarten ideas of Hocus Pocus no more coal, no more Nuke, no more this, no more that, but they have no viable alternatives which can meet the power demands needed to run this nations homes and industries.
Yo. Way, way passed time for some performance standards for government flunkies, starting with Odumbo.
CO2 is PLANT FOOD! What morons Americans are to go along with this scam...
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Here it comes bend over.
Types of coal don’t make that much difference in the amount of CO2 they release. Of the 3 major types, on average they produce 2.14 pounds of CO2 per kilowatt hour kWh of electricity. (From eia.gov website http://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=74&t=11)
Natural gas, despite the impression given by Obama, DOES release CO2 into the atmosphere. For that same kWh of electricity, natural gas releases 1.22 pounds of CO2.
The difference is: 57%.
So, in this article Obama is going to cause economic mayhem for America, so that, instead of 1000 pounds of CO2 being introduced into the atmosphere, we release 570 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Meanwhile, China, India, Southeast Asia, and most of the developing world, and lots of the developed world, are not buying this stuff. They are driving on full speed ahead with coal. (Which they buy from us for the most part...pure hypocrisy on Obama’s part who knows this.)
IIRC, a megawatt hour is enough to power 100,000 homes for a year. Assuming we have 3 people per home in America, that means 100,000,000 homes will produce 500 tons of CO2 a year using coal, and will use 285 tons using natural gas.
In the meantime, the rest of the world (if using at our rate) is using 10000 tons, and Obama’s dumb economic move will reduce that by 215 to 9785 tons.
By the way, if you had 10,000 tons of water that would be about 2.5 million gallons of water. There’s a swimming pool in Chili that holds 66 million gallons of water, and there’s a not so large one in south Florida that holds 700,000 gallons of water. A pool that’s 5 feet deep, 400 feet long, and 200 feet wide would hold 2.5 million gallons of water.
That’s the same weight as ALL of the CO2 released by the world in a year in producing power for 6 billion people if all were producing at the same rate as the US (which they probably aren’t.)
Enough to fill a not so deep swimming pool that’s not a whole lot bigger than a football field.
And that is causing the polar caps to melt, the seas to rise, destruction and death for all of us.
I’m calling BS on that.
“...all you union coal miners who already lost your jobs can now join your friends and family as they lose their jobs. Then youll all have plenty of time to go down on election day and vote for some more democrats.”
Don’t blame them! You should see the anti-Obama billboards in coal country.
Oh they understand the economics quite well. Their goal is to reduce energy consumption at any cost.
The communists/democrats and Obama are destroying the coal industry for a hoax called global warming. this proves government is unaccountable, and a cancer that must be abolished
global warming is a hoax democrats created to justify the existence and growth of government(socialism)
There is nothing wrong with using coal. CO2 emissions cause nothing
we should be using this coal to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses .
What a great business plan! How about harvesting the eagles killed at wind farms to sell as gormet endangered species delicacy meat?