Saturday, December 10, 2011

Barack Obama - #3481 - Mercury Emission Rules: Obama's EPA Skipping a Few Steps on Climate Regulations - Hot Air (2) Atty. Gen. Cuccinelli Testified to U.S. House on Harmful Economic Effects of EPA Rule on Electric Utility Customers, Jobs -

I won’t even dredge up the numerous times we’ve talked about the new, job killing, cross-state mercury emission rules currently being “considered” by the EPA with the full support of President Obama.(Though it is worth noting that just last week the North American Electric Reliability Corporation released a report stating that these new rules would stress the power grid in “ways never before experienced.”) But there’s still time for all voices to be heard and valid issues to be examined before the EPA releases their decision on December 16th, right? As the Washington Examiner discovered on the President’s own reelection web site, the entire thing may just be a dog and pony show for the public’s benefit. The Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to be reviewing almost a million public comments on their proposed new mercury regulations for power plants. The final regulation isn’t set to be issued until next Friday. But according to President Obama’s reelection website, the EPA has already acted So what does Barack Obama claim as part of his case for keeping the base happy? Under President Obama’s watch, the Environmental Protection Agency has set up the first national standards for mercury emissions and other dangerous chemicals from coal and oil-fired power plants.

The new rules will help to clear our skies of pollutants that can make health problems like asthma and bronchitis worse, saving up to 17,000 lives each year. Wait a minute… the EPA is supposedly in the process of reviewing more than a million comments from citizens, energy producers, workers and everyone else. There allegedly isn’t a decision yet. But somehow Barack Obama already knows the outcome? Was this question ever seriously being looked at, or was it a fait accompli before the first screams emerged about the lost jobs to come and the strain on the energy grid, particularly in Texas and adjoining states? Read more........

Atty. Gen. Cuccinelli Testified to U.S. House on Harmful Economic Effects of EPA Rule on Electric Utility Customers, Jobs, - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli testified to a U.S. House committee on the potentially harmful effects Environmental Protection Agency rules would have on consumer energy prices and jobs, particularly in Virginia. Cuccinelli testified to the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on behalf of Virginia electrical utility customers about the EPA's Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule. The regulation creates national standards for emission levels for certain utilities. The attorney general argued that the cost of complying with EPA regulations on utilities ends up being borne by electrical customers, with the hardest hit customers residing in the poorest part of Virginia........"Not only would EPA's regulations drive up the cost of electricity significantly for families and businesses already reeling from a bad economy, but the EPA openly admits that it did not gather sufficient information to calculate the potential job losses and total costs to the American economy due to its regulations........In fact, the rule will have a huge economic impact on this nation:  First, it will increase electricity prices between 10 and 35 percent. That can be a financial death blow for businesses struggling to meet payroll and families on fixed incomes. Second, retrofitting power plants to meet the standards will be prohibitively expensive, so there is no question that certain plants will close and the nation's electricity supply will decrease, leading to upward pressure on prices and likely brownouts and blackouts. The EPA even concedes that at least 10 gigawatts of electricity will be lost from the nation's power grid; but FERC says over 80 gigawatts.  Third, while the EPA says it cannot quantify the number, it acknowledges that jobs will be lost. There are estimates of 180,000 jobs per year between 2013 and 2020.  Read more.......

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