Up Next… Obama’s New Energy Regulations Will Put 32 Coal Plants Out of Business

The Obama Administration killed the Keystone Pipeline project today.

Up next is the coal industry.
New EPA regulations will force 32 coal plants to close their doors putting hundreds of Americans out of work.

The latest move by the EPA will force new regulations on 26 states. The new rules will kill thousands of jobs, cost billions of dollars and increase electricity rates for every family.

New EPA rules will force Western coal-fired power plants to install haze-reducing pollution-control equipment at a cost of $1.6 billion a year. Pictured is the Dave Johnston Power Plant in Glenrock, Wyoming. (IBD)

The AP reported:

An Associated Press analysis has found that more than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to close because of the new, more stringent regulations. Another 36 plants are at risk of closing.

No lights will go dark. But the Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 14.7 gigawatts — enough power for more than 11 million households — will be retired from the power grid in the 2014-15 period when the rules take effect. One rule curbs air pollution in states downwind from dirty power plants. Another sets first standards for mercury and other toxic pollutants from smokestacks.

The effect is greatest in the Midwest and in coal belt states such as Virginia and West Virginia, where dozens of units are likely to shut down.

Take Giles County, where American Electric Power’s Glen Lyn plant is located, and where 44 jobs are on the line.

County Administrator Chris McKlarney worries about the $600,000 tax-revenue hit his $40 million budget will take. But that’s just one concern involving a plant and workers whose community contribution is “hard to quantify.”

“They’ve done so much donation-wise for local causes … And they’re really good people working there,” he said. “They’re coaches in Little League sports, involved in the Parent-Teacher Organization — you lose those kind of people, it’s tough.”

And they’re good jobs — stable, well-paying positions with good benefits in places where such things can be hard to find.

The Obama Administration’s new energy regulations will shut down about 8% of all U.S. generating capacity or the equivalent of wiping out all power generation for Florida and Mississippi.

Marathon Pundit
says the new regulations are cold-blooded.

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  • Coasta

    No words come…just sadness. May he rot in hell.

  • Patty

    OMG, IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH. What is wrong with all these Republican so called leaders.

    We are losing AMERICA!!!!!

  • Texas_Treeroach

    Destroying the Country, one step at a time.

  • Patty

    Coal industry is the main source of Jobs in several states. Hillary must have put her nose in this one too.

    I cannot imagine the many Americans who will lose their jobs because the coal industry will have to pay fines in order to operate. The insurance on the employees, benefits, healthcare.

    It is simply insanity that Obama has gotten away with this insane attitude. Why there aren’t impeachment proceedings is beyond many Americans. Not just me and there have to be Republicans and some democrats that want to see Obama at least, proceedings.

  • Patty

    11 Solyndras bankrupted, XL pipeline gone, Moratoriums on Drilling, Gas prices skyrocketing and now our fuel for our home and the bill will be higher on Americans who are already strapped for money.

    Soros getting richer on Brazil’s oil industry. Regulations are strangling all industries. Manufacturer have been training people and some are doing well but this is very small.

    This is just devastating.

  • Estragon

    While we form our circular firing squad, Obama proceeds with his plans.

  • Patty

    The Obama Administration’s new energy regulations will shut down about 8% of all U.S. generating capacity or the equivalent of wiping out all power generation for Florida and Mississippi.

    Florida will go Republican. Mississippi will go Republican. Kentucky may.

    27 coal states.

    Although 90 percent of the country’s coal reserves are concentrated in 10 states, coal in mined in 27 states and can be found in even more. Montana has the most coal, 25 percent of demonstrated reserves. Wyoming, third among states with the most coal, is first in coal output, accounting for 18 percent of annual production.

    U.S. coal reserves contain 12 times as much energy as all the oil in Saudi Arabia! A brief look at some numbers explains why coal is the country’s most abundant and important energy resource.

    According to the United States Geological Survey, we have 1.7 trillion tons of identified coal resources — coal for which geological evidence and engineering studies provide reliable information about location, rank, quality, and quantity. (Geologists recognize that more coal deposits are likely to be discovered in the future, so they estimate total coal resources could amount to 4 trillion tons.)

    Much of the coal we know about cannot be mined today, because it would be too costly or existing technology doesn’t allow it. It may be too deep, for example, or the quality may not meet current needs. So to be realistic, experts estimate that 472 billion tons of that coal are potentially recoverable. This is called the demonstrated reserve base.

    Mining techniques leave a good deal of coal in place, so the amount of coal that experts estimate actually can be mined is called the recoverable reserve base. It amounts to an estimated 267 billion tons — 29 percent of the entire world’s recoverable coal!

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  • Rose

    Cold-blooded is way too polite a term for this sociopathic blood lust. Just considering the KNOWN estimable deaths directly attributable.

    If you stay polite about it, you won’t do anything to stop it.

    Get REAL. Don’t over-react – but under-reacting is even worse – sitting in the boiling water and taking a nap – it is being in a stupor.

    Respond. This is activity that demands a reasonable response to stop this garbage.

    “There are two ways to acquire the niceties of life: to produce them or to plunder them. When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Frederic Bastiat

    Frederick Douglass – Businessman and FORMER SLAVE: Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they have resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.

    “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same object, evidence a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government…” – Declaration of Independence

  • Patty

    In 2006, there were 82,595 people employed in coal mining in the U.S. Of those, 47,475 worked in underground mining, and 35,398 worked in surface mining.

    This is 2006 but I do believe that they maybe thinking less coal is used in America.

    China produces it but without regulations.

  • Valerie

    Preventing this is what we should be talking about, instead of gossip about either Newt Gingrich’s marriage, or Mitt Romney’s money.

  • Patty

    Dozens Of Coal Factories Forced To Shut Down In Response To Strict EPA Regulation

    Electric utilities announced the closure of dozens of coal-fired plants today in response to new EPA regulations mandating facilities to lower toxic interstate emissions. Among them:

    American Electric Power Company said it would retire nearly 6,000 MW of generating capacity.

    Duke Energy said it would retire its 862 MW factory in New Richmond, Ohio.

    CPS Energy said it would close an 871 MW generator by 2018, 18 years before the end of its useful life.

    The nation’s utility and coal industries have been battling the EPA since July, after the the environmental agency replaced the Clean Air Interstate Rule with stricter standards requiring coal-fired power plants in 27 states to slash thousands of tons of pollutants that drift across state borders.

    Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-08-09/news/30000102_1_coal-industry-clean-coal-electricity-power-plants#ixzz1jsSnpSse

  • gus

    Hey EVERYBODY!!! I just bought this REALLY REALLY GROOVY NEW CAR!!!
    The KOMMIESAR Sir Barry de la Dimwit spent $250,000.00 TAX DOLLARS on each one!!!


  • Patty

    #6 January 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm
    Estragon commented:

    While we form our circular firing squad, Obama proceeds with his plans.
    Absolutely. I have said what they are planning is evil. We all have been saying this from the moment he took the oath. His plans are falling into place. I will go here, Newt knows it, Romney knows it but he is a RINO in my opinion. From one horrible act to another. We are losing America. And I cannot do a think about other than hope that my vote counts.

  • kate

    I truly loathe Obama. He is destroying this country. A big thank you to all the idiots who voted for him. He said he was going to do this and he now he is.

  • Patty

    If he intends to lower the unemployment numbers this certainly isn’t going to do it.

  • Patty

    #15 January 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm
    kate commented:

    I truly loathe Obama. He is destroying this country. A big thank you to all the idiots who voted for him. He said he was going to do this and he now he is.

    My sentiments exactly. You are not alone. God Help us.

  • Patty

    27 states have been preparing for the Obamanator. All will be fined and that will cost them plenty. Some will be forced to shut down because according to EPA the winds are a blowing pollution while China’s coal industry is soaring.

  • Timwi
  • Patty

    Obama’s EPA Regulations Will Cost Coal Industry $200 Billion & Electricity Rates to Skyrocket