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Friday, November 15, 2013

Obama's War On Coal

Barack Obama is very determined to lower our American standard of living by raising the price of electricity. That's why he has escalated his war on coal; coal plants are major producers of the electricity that makes American homes so pleasant with heating, cooling, and many electric appliances. Obama's new Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Gina McCarthy, recently announced Obama's plan to use executive power to bypass Congress and limit new coal plants to 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide (an unattainable reduction from current emissions of about 1,800 pounds) per megawatt-hour.

Ms. McCarthy also announced a schedule to establish emissions limits on existing power plants to become effective within three years. She based the new rules on her assertion that "climate change -- caused by carbon pollution -- is one of the most significant public health threats of our time." If Obama were really serious about generating power without carbon emissions, he would promote nuclear energy instead of killing it.

Obama's animosity against America's high standard of living based on low-cost electricity is obvious from many statements he has made on the campaign trail. He told the San Francisco Chronicle: "under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket ... because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, natural gas.... Whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retro-fit their operations. That will cost money."

We did, indeed, pay more. USA Today reported in December 2011 that "Electric bills have skyrocketed in the last five years." And electricity rates have continued to rise steadily since then.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia summed up the cost of Obama's announcement: "If these regulations go into effect, American jobs will be lost, electricity prices will soar and economic uncertainty will grow."

Listen to the radio commentary here:



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