In terms of energy, coal is our most abundant resource. That is why it is used to generate about half of our electricity, and why Barack Hussein Obama promised before he was elected to make energy prices “skyrocket” by crippling the coal industry with malevolent regulations openly intended to bankrupt it. Using the most frightening bureaucracy in the entire malignant behemoth that calls itself our government, Obama has made good on this threat by targeting dozens of coal plants for destruction. Now his EPA delivers the death blow:
The Obama administration proposed on Tuesday the first rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new U.S. power plants, a move hotly contested by Republicans and industry in an election year.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal would effectively stop the building of most new coal-fired plants in an industry that is moving rapidly to more natural gas.
Natural gas is obtained largely by fracking, which liberals also oppose. If Obama is reelected, it will almost certainly be severely curtailed if not banned.
While the proposal does not dictate which fuels a plant can burn, it requires any new coal plants to use costly technology to capture and store the emissions underground. Any new coal-fired plants would have to halve carbon dioxide emissions to match those of gas plants.
Carbon dioxide, an essential plant nutrient that is produced by literally all human activity including breathing, has never been proven to be in any way harmful, except in the fever dreams of rabidly anti-human environmentalist fanatics.
Under the new standards, coal plants could add equipment to capture and bury underground for permanent storage their carbon emissions. The rules give utilities time to get those systems running, by requiring they average the emissions cuts over 30 years. Still, the coal-burning industry says that carbon capture and storage, known as CCS, is not yet commercially available.
Jackson said the EPA believes the technology will be ready soon. “Every model that we’ve seen shows that technology as it develops will become commercially available certainly within the next 10 years”.
If our socialist rulers can predict what the weather will be like decades from now if they don’t impose further taxes and regulations, why shouldn’t they be able to predict what technologies will exist? Their authoritarian arrogance has grown so vast that they believe reality itself is subject to bureaucratic coercion.
The consequences of this lunacy for our economy will be obvious to an idiot, and possibly even to some Democrats.
They will soon have us shivering in the dark.
On tips from AC, Shawn, and J.