As Promised… Obama Moves in to Kill Coal Industry With Onerous New EPA Regs

Barack Obama continues his war on cheap American energy.
In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.”

He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket.

He wasn’t kidding.
Last year the Obama Administration, for the first time ever, blocked an already approved bid to build one of the largest mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachian history.

This week the Obama Administration will issue its first limits on greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants.
The Washington Post reported:

The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move could end the construction of conventional coal-fired facilities in the United States.

The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt, meets that standard; coal plants emit an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt.

Industry officials and environmentalists said in interviews that the rule, which comes on the heels of tough new requirements that the Obama administration imposed on mercury emissions andcross-state pollution from utilities within the past year, dooms any proposal to build a coal-fired plant that does not have costly carbon controls.

“This standard effectively bans new coal plants,” said Joseph Stanko, who heads government relations at the law firm Hunton and Williams and represents several utility companies. “So I don’t see how that is an ‘all of the above’ energy policy.”

The new rules aimed at making the air cleaner will cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion – with the added cost passed down to the American consumer.

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  • USMC Thomas

    Skyrocketing gas and electricity prices and the people most affected vote for this fool.

  • Joe College

    Higher electricity rates are just fine for Obama. All his friends are big players in utilities. Bill Ayers’ father was a very major player in a company called Commonwealth Edison…

    Commonwealth eventually became Exelon through a series of mergers engineered by the likes of Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod. Goldman Sachs was the investment bank…

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Bill Ayers’ is worth several hundred million in legacy Commonwealth stock which is now Exelon.

  • James Buri

    BAD NEWS: Ms. HANOI plays Nancy Reagan
    GOOD NEWS: Ms. Hanoi will have to memorize Nancy Reagan’s life and her spoken word. Also, to play Nancy Reagan, Ms. Hanoi will learn more about Ronald Reagan.

  • democraps suck

    the further destruction of america continues from the kenyan fraud…

  • Yael

    Not only all that, but these EPA rules threaten to severely diminish the stability and reliability of the electric grid.

  • Also, I haven’t been able to confirm, but what I’m hearing here in coal country is that the coal-fired power plants that are shutting down are required to then be DISMANTLED. Like cash-for-clunkers, only there’s no monetary incentive… just wanton destruction… to make it impossible for anyone to ever use those plants again, for generating electricity… or anything else.

  • bear

    Make no mistake, the marxists couldn’t care less about coal. They are systematically destroying the U.S. economy. This is just the next step. They want to make sure that we cannot afford to support or protect ourselves, as individuals and as a nation.

    By expanding the “entitlement” class, the lefties believe they can build their favorite demographic: ignorant, poor, unemployable (by attitude, if nothing else), culturally and racially divided, and filled with a propaganda-inspired hate for America. The occupoopers and “no justice, no peace” race-baiters are evidence that this strategy is bearing fruit.

    Part and parcel of this socialist strategy is the assault on and removal of the first and second amendments.

  • Greg

    The Excelon reference in message 2 a bove is spot on for the underlying reason for the Chicago Demo leadership to be deystroying the coal industry. These guys do understand capitalism….. Shutting out coal creates shortages of power and Excelon corp value soars…….who owns exelon…….

  • Nice little sneak attack from the Administration. Too bad our guys are too busy attacking each other to notice. And bored reporters are too busy trying to get Santorum to scream one of the seven dirty words at them to focus on mundane things like jobs and the economy …

  • bigkahuna

    I dont know how these morons expect anything to survive their assault on this country.

    How is anyone going to afford anything extra but food, water and utilities. No extras that people buy . He has inflated the dollar so bad and killing oil, gas, electric, coal and jobs . Soon it will be military and they have already killed education.

    What a brilliant piece of Sh*t. He will seal his own fate in Nov 2012 without a military takeover if Romney or whoever has any brains to use his own words and actions.

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  • jorgen

    And will it make the air cleaner? Of course not! It will not make any difference in practice.

  • valerie

    AND – The Global Warming Models are still wrong.

    “What is happening to global temperatures in reality? The answer is: almost nothing for more than 10 years. Monthly values of the global temperature anomaly of the lower atmosphere, compiled at the University of Alabama from NASA satellite data, can be found at the website The latest (February 2012) monthly global temperature anomaly for the lower atmosphere was minus 0.12 degrees Celsius, slightly less than the average since the satellite record of temperatures began in 1979.”

    Mr. Happer is a professor of physics at Princeton.

  • valerie

    #9 March 27, 2012 at 8:22 am
    ombdz commented:

    Actually, all of the Republican candidates, including Mr. Santorum, have persistently focused on jobs and the economy. The reporters, however, have focused on whatever the Democrats want to talk about, instead of jobs and the economy. Then they complain because the Republicans don’t…. as if the problem were the Republican failure to give the message, instead of the reporters’ failure to transmit.

  • feduptoo

    I live in the Tri-State area of Ky, WV, Ohio…..we are seeing coal mines shut down.

    AEP (American Electric Power), told us last year, that they are shutting down 5 plants to convert to gas, from coal.

    They said over 600 workers will lose their jobs and never be rehired.

    They told us our rates will increase 35% to 45% more to cover their costs for converting…I suspect those rates will never go down……they got a rate increase a little over a year ago!

    So, with that rate already in place, and another 35% to 45% increase, many will never be able to afford to heat or cool their homes!

    AEP is now sending out letters, wanting people to sign up for them to put a thermostat in your home, they will then control your home temperature, stating they can decrease your costs by doing this…..they will cut off your electric at certain times of the day! They will have access to all things electric in your home….including a water heater if you have electric!

    We have already received two of these letters, plus a call, which I never answered, but they left a message.

    I alerted all my family and friends about this, and told them to not do this, as before long they will then want to force all of us into this!

    We received an invitation to a steak dinner from AEP yesterday! I suspect it’s to try to sell us on this controlled thermostat….and not where one can confront them with these increased costs….

    So, thanks Obama….people in our Tri-State area will either pick paying for food, or medicine, or their mortgage….or pay to heat/cool their homes!

    P.S., by attacking the coal industry, more people will lose their jobs than just coal miners or AEP workers…..we have one of the biggest CAT dealerships located here, one I retired from, anyone connected with this industry will end up losing their jobs1

  • feduptoo


    Our one and only coke plant was also attacked by the EPA, the owners said they could no longer afford to upgrade to the new EPA’s regulations.

    It was shut down.

    The local steel plant got their supply from here…..said they would look elsewhere!

  • Racials want to make America another 3rd world sh-t hole …..Where’s are representives in congress ,the EPA is out of control and needs to be stopped.or alot people are going to dying from heat strokes this summer from not be able to afford to pay for electic costs……

  • owl

    I am so tired of ranting.
    So what is wrong with this picture?

    We have a Repub party that seems to be too dumb to survive. We have ELECTED voices.

    Where are they? Why do they not have a couple on TV screaming about these locations?

    Why do I not hear the biggest stink that ever happened? Why do our ELECTED voices not cause such a stink that those Pooper-Scoopers can’t scoop it fast enough. You know that is what Obama has done for 3 years. He moves on.

    Now I must go on a political junky vacation. It is just too much and I can’t reach those ELECTED voices to shake them till their teeth rattle. This GOP has a lot to answer for…….

  • owl

    One more kind suggestion for our ELECTED voices. Do not do it on Hannity, because that poor guy has been carrying the load for so long, his back has to hurt. Plus, many will not be able to HEAR you because of it.

    Pick yourself a couple of other shows. Put people on EVERY DAY to name NAMES and LOCATIONS where they are killing this country. Tell how much money it will will cost us.
    Ding, ding…………..same as gasoline.

    Maybe you could bribe Mr Bill to let you on, if you tell him he could really say he was “looking out for the folks.” Nope, he would twist it to scoop for Obama. Forget that.

  • Finncrisp

    If Global warming was real, the outrage should be at China, which is building coal fired plants as fast as we can ship them the coal to run them. Until there is outrage at the chinese power generation buildup, I know this is just an attack on our country by the new Communists in the EPA. By the time we take our coal plants off the grid, China will have put more in service with less pollution controls than the ones we are going to take off line for the sake of progress.

    This is so much BS. Does anyone have any idea how bad this dunce is making it for the next president? He can’t leave town fast enough. When he loses, wait and see all the exec orders and destruction pouring out of the White house on the way out. They will do much more than take the W keys off the key boards and lift the glass ware.

  • UpChuck.Liberals

    Everyone that relies on the energy from these nasty coal power plants had best PRAY for a very cool summer. Otherwise the death rate from the heat and no air conditioning isn’t going to be pretty. Of course the Liberals will blame the awful power companies for not producting enough. Or more likely because it’s going the be the sick, elderly or infirmed that will die they’re not too concerned about it.

  • Freddy

    Hold off on that car wash!!!!

    These rules are OUTSIDE of the guidelines that govern the EPA. They will be defeated in court before they can ever be implemented.

    This is just Obama posturing to get enviro-whacko campaign donations.

  • befuddled

    All that money made from global warming hysterics is being funneled into eco terrorism.If you gave money to Al Gore, thank yourself for high prices. It took a lot of money from wealthy Obama contributors to stop that pipeline. And it takes only a small sum to own the POTUS. Coal plants got on the wrong side of the Democrats, they should’ve paid up.

  • befuddled

    This is so much BS. Does anyone have any idea how bad this dunce is making it for the next president? He can’t leave town fast enough. When he loses, wait and see all the exec orders and destruction pouring out of the White house on the way out. They will do much more than take the W keys off the key boards and lift the glass ware.

    Exactly, the way they’ve hamstrung us for generations to come is a travesty.Perhaps that’s why when the Democrats took control, they never let off the gas pedal, because they knew the people in America would never trust them with power again.