Say you recently bought a new car for the family. It seats five comfortably, meets current safety and gas mileage standards (called CAFE Standards by the Environmental Protection Agency) and you financed it for five years; not an uncommon thing to do in this day and age.
You plan on keeping the car for five or six years and make your monthly payment, on time, each month. It’s clean inside and out and you make sure the oil is changed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Lastly, you park where it is unlikely to get a door ding in any parking lot.
Yet two years into owning and paying for your new car the EPA decides your vehicle needs to emit less pollution. You are then required to make modifications to attain 46 percent better gas mileage before you are able to renew your vehicle registration. It does not matter that you are still paying for your car or at the time of purchase the car met and even exceeded the current mileage standards. It now has to meet standards far and above previous standards and what is technologically possible, all at your expense. You cry foul, unfair and not possible but are told “no matter — your car has to meet the standards or else you will not be permitted to drive it on public roadways again.” I would bet my next year’s income if this happened to any hard-working American citizen, or group of citizens, there would be an outcry. Attorney general, governors and U.S. senators alike would be notified and action would be demanded.
This scenario exists today. The EPA has acted in a capricious and arbitrary manner by passing Rule 111(d), the Clean Power Plan, as a way to make it seem innocuous to the general public. Essentially, Rule 111(d) requires coal-fired power plants in North Dakota to reduce carbon emissions by 46 percent. No matter technology does not currently exist to make our coal-powered generation that efficient. No matter facilities were built to the existing standards. No matter the power-generating companies have continuously upgraded their facilities as new technologies have come on line. And, no matter our power-generating facilities are being depreciated over time. The EPA has spoken, they bypassed Congress, and we must comply or risk limiting or losing our ability to generate power.
If not, consider what this means to power consumption: Costs will significantly increase to replace power generated by coal and we may even experience degradations of electric reliability. All the while, we, as consumers of power, continue to pay for power-generating facilities which may be forced to either produce less power or somehow find a way to meet an almost unattainable reduction in emissions.
Now I ask, where is the outrage?
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- On May 31, 2016