Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new standards to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, air particulate, ozone, coal ash, and especially carbon dioxide—it’s all getting regulated in the name of “saving the environment” and supposedly curbing global warming. The new rules will likely force the closure of many coal plants between now and 2017, although it’s difficult to know precisely how many. As a result it’s likely that up to one-fifth of the nation’s oldest coal-fired electrical generating plants, largely in the Midwest and South, will be forced to shutdown in the next five years. Given that coal provides nearly 50 percent of the nation’s power, that means higher electric bills, rolling blackouts and fewer jobs.
None of this is a surprise to me, or readers of my book, Climategate.
As I wrote in the book:
On April 2, 2007 science was thrown under the bus by the Supreme Court when 5 black-robed judges declared that carbon dioxide was a pollutant. The petitioners were the States of California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Orgeon, Rhode island, Vermont and Washington, plus the cities of New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., plus the territory of American Samoa of all places. Radical organizations including the Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club were also involved.
The Court’s landmark 5-4 decision required the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate CO2 under the Federal Clean Air Act. President Bush refused to allow his EPA to respond to the court ruling, but within his first year on the job, predictably, President Barack Obama did.
December 7, 2009 lived up to it’s 1941 billing as the day that will live in infamy, as Obama’s EPA chief, Lisa Jackson, held a press conference to announce “that the EPA has finalized its endangerment finding on greenhouse gas pollution, and is now authorized and obligated to take reasonable efforts to reduce greenhouse pollutants under the Clean Air Act.”
The “endangerment finding” means humanity is at risk because of a miniscule increase in carbon dioxide, and the Obama administration believes it has the dutiful power to react by curtailing such emissions.
“The overwhelming amounts of scientific study show that the threat is real – as does the evidence before our very eyes,” Jackson said. “Polar ice caps crumbling into the oceans, changing migratory patterns of animals and broader ranges for deadly diseases, historic droughts, more powerful storms, and disappearing coastlines. After decades of this mounting evidence, climate change has now become a household issue. Parents across the United States and around the world are concerned for their children and grandchildren.”
Taken to an extreme, virtually anything that emits carbon dioxide could be regulated by the EPA—power plants, planes, cars, barbeques, lawnmowers, even marathon runners.
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