This is the 2nd post that we’ve done on this topic (…here’s the first one).
I lived for a number of years in a Coal state (West Virginia) and am sympathetic to the plight discussed here. By any measure, the Obama Administration’s targeting of the coal industry seems deliberate. And, by setting arbitrary levels of mercury output, they are virtually begging for the law of “unintended consequences” to rear its head.
A quick quote from Heritage.com:
The EPA is proposing to force power plants to reduce mercury by 90 percent within three years—at an estimated cost of $11 billion annually. A significant number of coal-fired plants will actually exceed the standard—by shutting down altogether. Indeed, grid operators, along with 27 states, are warning that the overly stringent regulations will threaten the reliability of the electricity system and dramatically increase power costs.
Just like candidate Obama promised.
If you get your livelihood or your power from coal plants, President Genius has a message for you: tough.
He didn’t lie, I guess. This is change.