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


  • Rose

    We knew all this before he was elected – the GOP let the RNC shove McCain at us knowing that for 10 yrs he had remained #1 Most Hated GOP Politician by GOP Voters – by the expediency of the RNC opening up all the opening Primaries to crossover Dim voters – AFTER ARIZONA had pleaded with them to acknowledge their UNANIMOUS CENSURE of McCain in 2005, and to do the same with all Congressional Republicans, as well.

    The RNC liked the results so well, they are doing it to us again.

    Obama: “Let me sort of describe my overall policy. What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is more — that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive than anybody else’s out there. I was the first call for 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases that was emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are placed, imposed every year. So if somebody wants to build a coal powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that is being emitted. That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiessal and other alternative energy approaches. The only thing that I’ve said with respect to coal – I haven’t been some coal booster – What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to say if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.
    You know, that I think is the right approach the same with respect to nuclear, Right now we don’t know how to store nuclear waste wisely and we don’t know how to deal with some of the safety issues that remain. And so it’s wildly expensive to pursue nuclear energy.
    But I tell you what if we could figure out how to store it safely then I think most of us would say that might be a pretty good deal. Then the point is if we set rigorous standards for allowable emissions, then we can allow the market to determine and technology and entrepreneurs to pursue what’s the best approach to take as opposed to us saying at the outset here are the winners that we’re picking…… and maybe we pick wrong and maybe we pick right. That requires mobilizing a citizenry that requires them understanding what is at stake. And Climate change is a great example, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…
    Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.
    Regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers. You can already see what the arguments are going to be during the general election.
    People will say, Obama and Al Gore, these folks, they are going to destroy the economy; this is going to cost us $8 trillion or whatever their number is. If you can’t persuade the American people that, yes, there’s going to be some increase in electricity rates on the front end – But that over the long term because of the combinations of more efficient energy usage and changing light bulbs and more efficient appliances — but also technology improving how we can produce clean energy that the economy will benefit. If we can’t make that argument persuasively enough, you can be Lyndon Johnson. You are not going to get that done.

  • Patty

    While our economy is shot to H#@$ Obama will burden Middle Class (what is left of it) into well OBAMA FOOD STAMP PRESIDENT. There I said it again. When a president is not first address the real problems with our economy and turning to other personal goals and for the base of his contributors, that person is not a president but a supreme leader.

    Favors will be given to his donors and we will be freezing and let to rot in the cold.

  • Rose

    #11 January 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm


    You are RIGHT. Dead right.
    If we were dealing honestly with the RECORDS of MEN MOST LIKELY to stop Odrama Queen COLD and REVERSE THIS DAMAGE, then there would be NO CONVERSATIONS WHATSOEVER about Newt OR Mitt, either one! Same as there never would have been any conversation about McCain in ’08.


    Here in Colorado, Xcel is converting to Gas. Which means much higher prices for electricity. China is now buying US coal. Looks like it will be mined, but go overseas.
    I hope that the company that owns the coal fired plant that supplies Washington DC closes.

  • Patty

    Have no idea how the regulations on our resources in this time in history will help anyone but Obama’s friends.

    Now, that would be mediocre but this is our nation and the American lives at stake. Here is a president, inexperienced at best living through his donors and political expediency

    It is about the politics and not the people. So he says and believes this. He has money, he will never want for a thing. Nor his children.

    It is clear now, that XL pipeline would help Middle Class American and The Coal Industry has helped them too. This president says he will help them and my question to the Candidates is press him on this. Press him on his complete and utter destruction of the nation that he is definitely not leading to success and happiness.

  • Yeper

    I despise Obama but, when he was elected, ( and I didnt vote for him ) I was stupid and thought maybe, just maybe he was going to do the ‘ole Hope and Change thingy. What a fool, yep, I was dumb thinking that. That asshat wont be happy until gas is $5 and we are all driving mopeds to work.

    Wife and I have never been political in our 36 years together. That ends this year, as we have just joined the Tea party, volunteered to help with phone banks and knock on doors – I dread doing it, but I dread Obama for 4 more years even more

  • jainphx

    Denies pipe line, has an unelected agency pass regulations that will make it almost impossible to produce cheap energy making the cost of electricity quadruple. Gas at the pump has been over three dollars a gallon for over two years, but he stops drilling in the gulf, but only for this country. Brazoil, Cuba, China, Mexico all are drilling in the gulf. We will not survive this evil piece of crap, please folks bring pressure on all in congress to bring impeachment charges against this one man recking crew.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    New EPA regulations will force 32 coal plants to close their doors putting hundreds of Americans out of work.

    Note to the “fifty-three percent”: You voted for this piece of $#@!, now enjoy it, you bleeping a%%$#@&s.

    If only the consequences of stupidity were confined to the people who vote that way…

  • nano

    So lets see Clinton put major areas of our cleanest coal deposits off limits by declaring them national wilderness areas. This had nothing to do with his foreign donors who imports coal from Indonesia.

    Enviros have blocked construction of 100 new coal plants in the last 3 years which would have gone to replace these older technology plants. Thus they were the ones responsible for maintaining pollution levels.

    I could go on and on but you get the general idea.

  • billy sol

    The people that are to suffer the most are the same that put this charlatan in office in 2008. If it takes “Shock and Awe” when gas prices reach $5.00/gallon to penetrate their empty skulls, so be it ! I own 3 cars all Korean, ann Japanese . . . .as long as the U.A.W. exists I shall never purchase another American car . . . .Ford is the exception. I intend to park them with exception if my 2003 KIA, and will spend the summer working via the net, and doing some serious landscaping. Obama, and his puppet, Mcnumbskull are destroying this country/ecomomy and the only way to eradicate these vermin will be offered next November on election day!

    Campaign! .. ..Influence you friends, and VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • JPeden

    Forget about Obama’s being “the worst President ever”, he’s going hell bent for the title of “the worst Person ever”. Amazing! I almost feel lucky to be alive…just to have the opportunity to take him on!

  • FurryGuy

    This is not new, it was public knowledge what the EPA was planning on doing since 2010.

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  • ogee

    People can all now get gov heat assistance. LOL. I don’t suppose any of you want to be downwind to the fumes and pollutants namely mercury blowing out your internal organs in a slow death. Save the beauty of God’s Appalachians from the greedy. Adjust and roll with it. They stopped clear cutting forests of Oregon in 1980 and loggers lost their livelihood while the state was thrust into a depression that lasted a while due to the ripple effect. Generations of loggers were unskilled to do anything else but the state stepped in and retrained everyone. They ended up having better jobs and better lives. Out of every raincloud comes a rainbow. Obama didn’t do this. He doesn’t do shat. He’s just a face on TV and a lazy dope addict to boot.

    Q. Why can’t the National Weather Service name a hurricane after Obama?

    A. The Centers for Disease Control gets to use his name first.

    Q: What would you get if you crossed a Jackass with Barack Obama?

    A: Barack Obama.

    President Barack Hussein Obama has finally released his actual birth certificate, proving that he really was born in Hawaii, our 57th state.

    It was recently reported in the news a while ago that the President had been accidentally locked out of the White House. For that one panicked moment Obama thought that they must have found his real birth certificate

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  • ogee

    @ Billy sol

    I own 3 cars all Korean, ann Japanese . . . .as long as the U.A.W. exists I shall never purchase another American car . . . .Ford is the exception

    So you own cars built in Mexico but complain that jobs are lost from not polluting with coal? This is oxymoronic, no? Trade them all in for a Hyndai built in USA (Alabama) and get 40 miles to the gallon and the smoothest ride in the world with the best warranty. THINK people and stop your whining. pubs are really good at whining. But that’s about it. Grow a spine. Use your God given brains. Cry me a river.
    I’m not sure what I detest more. The obama’s or you people who have slipped into mind numbing whining.

    Did ya all catch the nightline show where they revealed Willard Romney’s offshore bank accounts from ill gotten gains at Bains? (which is shut down now) 😆 I didn’t think so. and did you know he stole more than 250 billion from little people like you and me, ruining thier lives-but you cry about pollution control? 😡 Yeah watch the you tube “when mitt came to town”. You need to know. And for the record he is a closet democrat. Ask anyone in Massachusetts. No lie. 😆

  • Greg

    It you have not read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, now is a good time to do it. However Instead of going quietly into the night and allowing the disintegration of the coal industry and accepting the low standards of living resulting,,,,,Be active in pushing back,,,,,,be respectful in shutting down any EPA mandate,,,,,Be intolerant of any special interest group that seeks to impose new regulation of any kind. Progressive politics is code for special interest manipulating he common good…. Socialism is theft….Chose your charities close to home

  • CV1

    Of all the campaign promises he did not keep, why did he have to keep this one????? What the hell are the pro-Obama people thinking. Can’t they just admit that they made a mistake and realize it needs to be fixed?

  • Retro

    A person voting for obama is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders

    obama is a LIAR. Remember that Muslims believe it is alright
    to lie in order to further their agenda and Islam. He is no more
    a Christian than Lucifer. In fact obama has a prearranged date
    with the devil. Don’t believe a word out of his lying mouth.He is only
    saying these things because he wants to be reelected. Just
    remember all the lies he told during the 2008 campaign.

    obama has a huge burning hate for America

  • Ella

    I know where my faith is. We should all stay steadfast in that and pray that we get to have an honest vote in November. God is good and just and listens to those who have a personal relationship with Him. That’s really the only good thing I can think about these days. Sorry, didn’t mean to offend any non-believers here.

  • Militant Conservative

    An unintended consequence of Obama’s actions

    will be clean nuclear power plants and an

    Economic boom under the next president.

    Thus showing America what a poor leader

    A black socialist is.

  • squeaky

    “People can all now get gov heat assistance. LOL. I don’t suppose any of you want to be downwind to the fumes and pollutants..” atleast as of now o’bummer cut fuel aid for the northeast. gives him the chance later to play hero when the time is right and he could use some publicity. timing timing timing….


    If I were these coal power plant operators I would be signing long term natural gas supply deals and laying pipelines to the plants immediately. The conversion seems to be relatively simple, making the plants dual fuel so they can go back to coal when the EPA is killed and all the regulations deleted. This moves jobs to the gas side of the equation and coal mining will suffer but at least we will not all be sitting in the dark using candles, gaslamps or kerosene for light and a dog powered wheel for electricity to power the TV and computer.

  • bigL

    I think Obama is against XL Pipleline because 90% of the direct jobs will be white Jobs.
    Anecdote alarm : there are oil wells all over where I live. anda lot of the waliking Horses pumpers are now bein activated and the drilling/clean out rigs are coming in. I see only middle class white guys working. that is not racist. I think it would be a great job for any one. And perhaps the oil guys should train others. But for right now there are the middle-class white guys and
    that is who Obama is skewering.

    And where is the GOP? crickets…. they shoiuld have count one Of Impeachment-Abuse of Power- sent right up to the Senate. Fight back. Close dn the WH whn Obama leaves.
    Turn the power off on the EOB if he is not there.

    But I think that XL Pipeline had a ripple-effect of 500,000 jobs and would lift USA spirits. So it is blocked. Abuse of Power. One of the counts against Nixon. All the Donk lefties did it. Hilary was a staff lawyer at the time in that cmte. It works.

  • squeaky

    obama is going to have to get up pretty early in the morning [supposedly he can’t] to beat us early risers. the answer to powering up your electric cars [geico ad i love]………good for a laugh unless that’s being monitored too.

  • squeaky

    throw in the closing of refineries on the east coast…

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  • tadcf

    Obama didn’t kill the pipeline; he only reaffirmed his choice to delay a decision based upon rerouting the pipeline around the Ogalala aquifir—to which TransCanada has now agreed. Now the only decision the has to be made is how it should be re-routed.

  • feduptoo

    Last summer, AEP told us that they will shut down 5 plants, one is about 15 miles from where I live. They said 600 would lose their job while they convert from coal to gas…per the EPA.

    Those people, we are told, will never be rehired.

    AEP also told us that our rates will go up, 35% to 40%, this on top of two rate increases they got in 2009/2010!

    There will be thousands that lose their jobs in coal mines, they are already shutting down many now….due to the EPA and the greenies tying themselves to trees!

    Then, we will see many heavy equipment dealerships shut down or lay off, I retired from one, and they have already cut back to the bare minimum of employees.

    I don’t think any President should have so much power, that they end up killing off jobs and fuel resources in our supposedly free country!

    China gets coal shipped to them from Wyoming and Washington…they also bought into a south TX oil and gas field….

    Now tell me why it’s ok for China to get our resources, but not us!

  • 10000 tons of Wyoming coal roll through Kirkwood, Mo daily in route to the Portage-de-Sioux coal fired Ameren UE plant on the Missouri river. Wrap your head around that St. Louis and St. Louis County.

  • MR.ED

    Now you see why the smart meters were put on your houses with brownouts and Blackouts coming from this you will be limited on your usage unless you live in gov houseing can’t lose them votes These people have a plan total control of eveything they are almost there

  • jar

    First I thought how this was going to affect me personally on a small scale with my electric bill going up. Then I thought how Walmart’s electric bill would also rise, my local grocery store, the Dollar General store I like to shop at, the local burger joint, on and on. Everything under the sun is going to see a huge increase on just staying open and operational.

    Businesses will have no choice but to increase their prices in order to pay their own electric bills and the increased cost of the retail that purchase to sell to us. Obama and all his cronies don’t give a rip. Everything they use and have access to is FREE for them because we the taxpayers are all paying for it. This is criminal.

  • gwhh

    At least in this case. He doing what he promised he would do. Lets also remeber that the San Fran News Berry give this interview to. Sat on this video until AFTER the election! Geeze, I wonder why?

    As President Obama personally predicted, his own plan will make our electricity rates “skyrocket” as higher costs are passed on to consumers.

    Barack Obama: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” (January 2008)


  • Paddy

    I hope everyone realizes that the photo shown in the post of WY coal powered plant has been phoTo shopped to make steam water vapor look like evil black clouds of soot and pollutants. Propoganda invariably is based upon false images.

  • MJ

    @Rose #21
    ‘the GOP let the RNC shove McCain at us knowing that for 10 yrs he had remained ‘

    The Demo-COMMIES registered as Repubs, they voted for McCain in the primaries.
    THEY shoved this pos on us.

  • cal rifkin

    Remember, this mofo is gonna save the planet, whether you want it or not. Keeping the seas from rising isn’t easy, damnit!!

  • Finncrisp

    He is just following the plan – destroy, disarm, demise. This is the real hopey changey stuff he wanted all along. Had enough ?

  • jar

    I wanted to share this article with some friends on fb but when I try I get something like “you don’t have ‘permission to do that.” Anyone know what is going on there. I can’t do it with any articles lately. I want to pass it on my clicking “reshare.”

  • bg


    gwhh #56 January 19, 2012 at 9:05 am


    and a bit more or less.. 😉

    Obama to Bankrupt Coal Industry and Raise Energy Prices

    Biden: No Coal !!!


  • burt

    How stupid do you have to be and still suppore Obama?

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  • Dee

    The photo of Dave Johnston Power Plant shows how a picture can be twisted to fit the needs of the press. The assumption is that this is black, sooty smog coming from the plant. As a resident, I have never seen anything but clean white steam emitted after going through the scrubbers. With our cooler weather, the steam shows up quite well at sunset, making it look dark. I enjoy my beautiful blue skies and starry nights. If you want to see smog, drive into Las Vegas on any given day. Only clean natural gas or hydroeletric power plants, but plenty of haze. Drive anywhere in Wyoming outside of the major cities, and even in most of them, you will not find smog, but several coal-fired power plants providing a much needed boost to the economy and our country.

  • Questionman

    @tadcf, you’re the only one with a brain. The rest are just disgusting racists idiots! They just are. I’m sorry. Not my fault you a-holes convinced me that you are racists cause that what you are!

    I’m shaking my head in disgust at how this President has been and still being treated by the majority group in this country. Can you imagine if a Black radio jock or a Black leader were to call a white President racial names like Limbaugh, Beck, Republican leaders? Can you imagine the outcry? They continue to disrespect the President, his wife and Blacks daily but you try disrespecting one of theirs and you’ll end up dead. They can do whatever they want to a Black person but we must keep quiet and not say anything. If Newt were a Black man, he wouldn’t be running for President with his type of record. Sarah Palin, a woman who is not even half intelligent is seen as someone to listen to and elevate by the White community. It’s just disgraceful.

    Obama is evil because he pushed through legislation without the proper time to make an analysis and he is evil because he rejected legislation because it did not provide the proper time to make an analysis.

    You guys are pathetic. Your agenda is showing.

    The Republicans are in bad shape for 2012.

    “I know we’re going to get hit hard from President Obama, but we’re going to stuff it down his throat and point out it is capitalism and freedom that makes America strong.”

    The “Obama hates Capitalism, he is a communist, he hates America and straight people, he is black” argument is a loser.

    Looks to me like another four years, of one of the most intelligent and effective presidents in the history of this great country.

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  • We really need to start moving to cleaner energy. Nothing will EVER change unless we change it. We should have been way beyond where we are now. Polluters have spent God knows how much money to stop green energy.

    Here is an interesting read about whether or not fossil fuel companies will face liability for climate change.

  • Harry

    The reason that these companies have to shut their doors is because instead of spending their money on fixing up their infrastructure, they spend money trying to buy votes in Congress and shut down the EPA. They knew these regulations were coming. They take the easy-way-out for themselves when they shut down plants. Blame them, not the EPA for trying to keep our air clean.

    Seriously, everyone on here wants an Oxygen tank when they are 30.

  • Kevin Rodela

    If people in these states, especially like Pennsylvania and Virginia, vote for Obama again then they get what they deserve. The good news is that it is not too late to turn this around. The XL Keystone pipeline will still be completed albeit delayed, no thanks to Obama and Warren Buffet – whose BNSF Railroad stands to lose millions of dollar from the Keystone Pipeline. Spread the word to everyone you know,becasue the news media is not doing their job. If we just all sit around and feel sorry for ourselves then we will just fade into despairity like all of the other once great nations and become just another mediocre western european country.

    I was going to junior high school in Saudi Arabia when Reagan was elected. Two months after I moved over there is when the students stormed the embassy in Iran. I remember how ineptly Carter handled that whole thing. All the ex-pats were very uneasy. We thought that they were comming for us next. We were so relieved when Reagaon was elected in 1980.

    We have to do whatever it takes to defeat Obama – even if it mean volunteering and giving money to the GOP presidential nominee … your congressional or senatorial candidate.

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