Skip to comments.Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan doom Colorado’s coal industries?
Posted on 08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT by george76
Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPAs Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called CO2 pollution could come at a dear price to the states coal industry.
Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind.
The history of Colorados coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect of about 1:4for every coal job created, four other jobs are created to support it. In a 2012 report by the National Mining Association, it was indicated that over 17,000 actual coal jobs in Colorado have resulted in an overall contribution of around 74,000 total jobs.
coal-fired power plants are casualties in the EPAs war on CO2. Coal-generated electricity is relatively cheapmuch less expensive than that produced by renewable resources
To put 72 GW [gigawatt] in perspective, that is enough electrical generation capacity to reliably power 44.7 million homesor every home in every state west of the Mississippi River, excluding Texas. In other words, EPA is shutting down enough generating capacity to power every home in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana
The Colowyo mine saga in Northwestern Colorado may be the best example of the governments two-pronged assault on both coal production and coal-generated electricity. In May a district judge sided with the environmentalist organization, WildEarth Guardians
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In 2013 Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill doubling that mandate to 20 percent. To date Colorados renewable mandates have withstood both legal and legislative challenges.
And then idiots like Hickey join forces with 0bama and his Marxist EPA to help them out.
The low information kids have not yet figured out that higher electric bills will be passed on in higher food & other prices, where the live [ unless mom pays their bills ] , and lower wages where they might work.
Never mind the higher NOcare health premiums and deductibles that will hit soon.
Where they might work? Lots of industries are going to leave and take the jobs with them if energy bills skyrocket as the president has promised. Or just shut down.
“Will EPAs Clean Power Plan doom Colorados coal industries?”
In a word: yes.
Its going to be a long cold winter for folks now with less electricity in Colorado.
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