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Wasting Colorado’s Money on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Via The Denver Post: 

With the full support of Gov. Hickenlooper, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is refusing to fully honor the U.S. Supreme Court’s Feb. 9 stay on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Republicans in the legislature are trying to stop the agency from wasting taxpayer dollars pursuing a plan that’s not required by any federal environmental mandate, nor authorized by Colorado statute.

The U.S. Supreme Court halted implementation of the Clean Power Plan because the 27 state plaintiffs met the court’s two conditions for granting a stay — proof of “irreparable harm” in the absence of a stay, and likelihood of eventual success on the merits.

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Alabama Still Threatened by Obama’s War on Coal


The Obama Administration’s assault on the nation’s coal producers took a remarkable turn recently.  The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay against the president’s massive “Clean Power Plan” (CPP), blocking the new program until a federal court determines its legality.

The ruling produced a huge sigh of relief from the 27 states currently suing to halt what they see as the most far-reaching and intrusive regulations ever imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)

Cash-strapped states no longer need to scramble to reduce power sector carbon dioxide emissions 32% by 2030.  Because the power plan requires interim targets in 2022, though, many states were already mobilizing to build new power sector infrastructure at substantial cost.

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Power Grab: How The EPA’s Clean Power Plan Aims To Nationalize The Electric Grid

Via The Daily Caller:

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) tells 47 states and three Native American tribal nations to come up with plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a third or else the federal government will do it for them. The “or else” looks an awful lot like the cap-and-trade carbon emissions scheme rejected by Congress multiple times in the past decade. In any event, the CPP is an unprecedented federal power grab.

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed implementation of the 1,500-pages of costly red tape, temporarily delaying electricity cost hikes of around 30 percent, depending on the state.

The rationale for this disruption of the electric grid is the aim of slowing the rise in the global average temperature by 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100 — well within the wide margins of error of climate models, none of which have accurately predicted the result of complex interactions of the Earth’s climate.

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Wyoming Coal Operators Practice Responsible Restoration

Via The Casper Star-Tribune:

I have watched with interest the public discussion regarding restoration of mined lands in Wyoming and the suggestion that some companies may not live up to their obligations. As a rancher myself, and as a representative of ranchers and agricultural interests, I recognize the importance of maintaining the land we call home. Our wide open spaces in the West are the heritage we have handed down from one generation to the next. The land helps sustain our lives, from agricultural production to wildlife habitat to recreational use.

Having visited several Wyoming coal mines over the past 20 years, I have been impressed with the mining operations, but more importantly, as a landowner, with the quality of land restoration being undertaken by Wyoming mining companies. The reclamation specialists who work in Wyoming mines have a stake in making sure the land is restored for future use. Many were born and raised in Wyoming, and they care about the land, just as I do.

When I last visited a mine site, I saw acres and acres of restored land within the mine borders. I noticed restoration being conducted in step with the mining process to restore natural habitat. Water channels were reestablished and forage was growing abundantly. Antelope, rabbits and other wildlife were enjoying the abundance of forage on the previously mined land. Livestock were being returned to areas where they had grazed prior to mining. A more casual observer might not be able to tell the difference between land that was mined and land that is native habitat.

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Hillary Clinton and the Myth of Dirty Coal


There’s more fallout from Hillary Clinton’s recent pledge to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin calls Clinton’s comments “horrific” and noted that the reverberations of such remarks could sway voters throughout states where coal plays an important industrial role.

Indeed, Clinton’s remarks overlook the significant connections between coal and key sectors such as freight, rail, and manufacturing. Not only does coal continue to provide roughly 38 percent of U.S. power generation, but it also delivers both the energy and raw materials for America’s steel industry.

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OPINION: Arizona Energy Plan Will be Costly for Seniors


Recently, the Supreme Court took the unprecedented step of issuing a stay against President Obama’s massive Clean Power Plan. The Court determined that states should not be compelled to pay the exorbitant costs of the plan until a federal court determines its legality.

The ruling produced a huge sigh of relief from the 27 states currently suing to halt a large-scale transformation of their energy grid through one of the most far-reaching regulations ever imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Essentially, states no longer need to scramble to achieve a 32 percent reduction in power sector carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. However, the power plan had required interim targets in 2022, and many states were already bracing for the costs of building new power sector infrastructure.

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The EPA’s All Pain, No Gain Plan To Nationalize The Electric Grid

Via Forbes:

Unlike prior regulatory efforts to improve air quality by reducing toxic emissions, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) aims to cut non-toxic carbon dioxide emissions by about a third. The stated reason is to slow the increase of the Earth’s temperature by 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Back when one of the aims of the EPA was merely clean air and water, mitigating air pollution from industrial sources typically entailed installing emissions control equipment, often at great cost. But, the net result was cleaner air.

The challenge with reducing carbon dioxide emissions is that carbon dioxide and water are typically the two emissions products that experts strive to produce as they are the two non-toxic products of clean fossil fuel combustion. Short of entombing carbon dioxide deep underground, an experimental process known as sequestration, the only ways of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power generation are to switch fuels and/or improve efficiency.

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Coal Jobs: Jenkins Takes on the EPA

Via The Bluefield Daily Telegraph:

Kudos to U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., who spoke in passionate support of the coal industry while questioning Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy during a hearing this week.

Jenkins spoke of how the administration “has unapologetically and systematically worked to shut down our country’s most abundant, reliable and cheapest form of energy, coal,” adding, “But what this administration and the EPA doesn’t understand is what their actions have done to the people of West Virginia.”

While questioning McCarthy at the hearing on the EPA’s fiscal year 2017 budget request, Jenkins asked if she had ever visited West Virginia. The EPA chief replied with a succinct “I can not recall.”

Killing Coal Means Burying America’s Steel Industry Too


Hillary Clinton recently vowed to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” It wasn’t a nice thing to say, considering the many thousands of hard-working men and women whose livelihoods are tied to the U.S. mining sector.

Clinton’s comments weren’t a complete surprise, however, given the open hostility exhibited by the environmental Left to America’s extractive industries. Fossil fuels have simply become public enemy number one for climate alarmists, and obviously Clinton and her compatriots hope to combat a perceived “crisis.”

But what would happen if Clinton got her wish? How would the United States fare if, moving forward, the country simply designated its remaining coal reserves as off-limits to mining?

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