EPA fulfills Obama’s promise on coal

posted at 12:12 pm on April 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

We can’t say we weren’t warned. In January 2008, Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that people would have to be crazy to open a coal-fueled electricity plant, because Obama’s policies would make energy costs “skyrocket” and send them into bankruptcy. Now the EPA has issued an unprecedented order to renege on a permit already granted to open a coal-generator plant in a Navajo reservation in New Mexico that has the tribe and its supporters steaming:

In a dramatic move yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew the air quality permit it issued last summer for the Desert Rock coal-fired power plant, which is slated to be built on the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region just southwest of Farmington, New Mexico. …

Jeff Holmstead, former head of the air program at EPA and now head of the Environmental Strategies Group at Bracewell & Giuliani, the law firm representing the plant’s developer, Sithe Global, said in a statement that he has “never seen anything like it.”

“I don’t think anyone ever imagined that the new team at EPA would seem to have such little regard for due process or basic notions of fairness,” Holmstead said. “Everyone understands that a new Administration has discretion to change rules and policies prospectively. But I’ve never seen any Administration try to change policies and rules retroactively.”

The Navajo tribe, which hoped to bolster its economy by selling the electricity and employing its members, lashed out as well:

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said in a statement the decision was further proof that the U.S. government isn’t “honest and truthful in its dealings with Native America.” Shirley said that the EPA withdrawal of the permit will harm the Navajo people.

“I have people dying every day because of poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, gangs, and the U.S. Government is not there to adequately fund the direct service programs that cater to these needs,” he said.

Shirley concluded by saying that the message from the EPA is that it will hold projects “on Navajo land to standards that may well be impossible to meet — and that wouldn’t be applicable elsewhere.”

Here’s what Obama told the Chronicle, and what the editors of the Chronicle sat on for almost ten months:

So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

The huge sum would have to come from a Congressionally-approved cap-and-trade system, which appears to be going nowhere at the moment. Instead, Obama has sent the EPA to act as his hatchet man, killing off energy producers in order to get via regulation what he cannot get through legislation.

The EPA sided with the state of New Mexico on other grounds, but they’re pretty transparent. The regulators said that the Navajos should have proposed using a gasification process that’s still in the experimental phase and hasn’t been proven at all. In fact, Al Gore called it a myth just this month, so apparently the EPA expected the Navajos to include a mythical system in order to retroactively justify the permit they had in their hand.

Obama has declared war on energy producers, and the EPA is his regulatory army.  They just won their first victory, and the Navajos will be poorer for it — and so will their potential customers, who could have benefited from more plentiful resources.


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I thought they were an independent nation???

Remember 95% of people will see their taxes reduced by $13.00 a week but you light and energy bills will double.

Rick007 on April 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Rick007 on April 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

The prices of everything will go up as businesses at all levels add their extra costs to the prices of their goods and services. Think of cap & trade as a European style VAT.

DerKrieger on April 28, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I said it before and I’ll say it again. Liberals aren’t going to be happy until everyone’s living in grass huts or caves again. They hate you!

TrickyDick on April 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Count me in as well. Obama is looking for a showdown.
He will get one “somewhere” and it won’t be pretty.
Time to stand up against the Marxist axis of evil.

izoneguy on April 28, 2009 at 1:37 PM

That is exactly what this punk wants. His smug and snotty attitude is evident whenever he speaks. The clip of him acknowledging the AF1 fly-by with his s#!t eating grin is becoming a daily finger to the eye of all of America.

thomasaur on April 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

The Indian Wars. I’ll fight on the Indian’s side.

Griz on April 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

thomasaur on April 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM

I’m ready to give it. I’d rather live in a smaller nation free of Liberalism than fight the rest of my life to try to change the federal leviathan.

Liberals cannot survive without Conservatives. They need us to work and pay taxes to support all their government programs. We can easily survive without them.

DerKrieger on April 28, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Literal proof that Obama is dimming the lights of our shining city on a hill.

CP on April 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

*puts on strange “sunglasses”*

barack obama hates native americans

Joe Caps on April 28, 2009 at 1:47 PM

I expect to see the Navajos sue Mr. Obama and the EPA in Court. This chapter isn’t finally written.

eaglewingz08 on April 28, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Literal proof that Obama is dimming the lights of our shining city on a hill.

CP on April 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

He has turned off the light at the end of the tunnel.

I believe it is time for states to think of seceeding. When the Lib’s in Wash.can tell Alaska where and when they can drill for oil thats the last straw.
Energy prices will bankrut our great nation.

Rick007 on April 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM

… the adults are in charge.

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

A genuine getalife legacy.

Yoop on April 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

He has turned off the light at the end of the tunnel.

I believe it is time for states to think of seceeding. When the Lib’s in Wash.can tell Alaska where and when they can drill for oil thats the last straw.
Energy prices will bankrut our great nation.

Rick007 on April 28, 2009 at 1:53 PM

He’s dynamited the tunnel so a light no longer does us any good.

thomasaur on April 28, 2009 at 1:56 PM

DerKrieger on April 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Its actualy much worse…

They want to use electricity for cars as well… just one little problem…

If you convert the energy from a Barrel of oil, to Kilowatt hours… you can easily estimate that amount of electricity it would take for transportation…

Numbers run out to about 1.2 TIMES the amount of electricity generated by the entire US Power grid.

So, for us all to convert to electric cars, like Barry wants, we’d have to more than DOUBLE the electric generation and distribution grid of America…

But no Coal, no Nucs, no more Hydro (can’t build dams), no large Solar (Feinstein says it makes the desert look ugly), and Wind power only works when the wind blows….

Its funny how just a BIT of basic research and common sense shows the inherent stupicity of their agenda.

Romeo13 on April 28, 2009 at 1:58 PM

This is screaming for that Reid clip..
‘Coal is killing us’

Now I have to search for it.

saus on April 28, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Umm – are you kidding me?!?

Jeff Holmstead, former head of the air program at EPA and now head of the Environmental Strategies Group at Bracewell & Giuliani, the law firm representing the plant’s developer, Sithe Global

The guy in charge of approving their permit is now the guy representing them legally?

Stop this insane cronyism madness!

A Axe on April 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Suppose the buyer’s remorse is starting to well up with the Navahos? New Mexico may turn red again in a few years.

iurockhead on April 28, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Pay back for not fixing it for Daschle …

tarpon on April 28, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Here’s the beauty part — this happens on the same day that Arlen Specter joins the other team. Brilliant!

Mr. D on April 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM

No kidding. Are folks so sure Tommey can’t win in ’10?

Sekhmet on April 28, 2009 at 2:16 PM

This is screaming for that Reid clip..
‘Coal is killing us’

Now I have to search for it.

saus on April 28, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Find the James Hanson quote about the coal trains being equivalent to the death trains heading to Auschwitz, while you’re in there.

iurockhead on April 28, 2009 at 2:16 PM

“I don’t think anyone ever imagined that the new team at EPA would seem to have such little regard for due process or basic notions of fairness,” Holmstead said

Sure we would. “it’s not about fairnes”. Remember! He said he would kill coal and he is. Oh yeah, western PA, Kentucky and West Va. See how well your vote counted. Voted yourselves right out of work.

faol on April 28, 2009 at 2:17 PM

unbelievable, every stinkin’ day is unbelievable. Yet they cook up numbers that say Dear Leader has a 66% approval rating? 66% of Americans are ignorant in that case.

kirkill on April 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Amazing, isn’t it? I’m getting to the point where I don’t even want to read what Obama’s next trick is going to be. It’s like the proverbial freight train, coming at you full speed ahead, cutting down anything in it’s path along the way.

scalleywag on April 28, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Hmmmm……..wonder if a couple of years from now it will be easier to see N. Korea than America at night from space.

Puddleglum on April 28, 2009 at 2:21 PM

There’s a significant cross section of the left that really thinks everyone would be happier if we just returned to subsistence farming, but we’re just too dumb or blinded by consumerism to notice. They’re like trendy Amish with kaffiyehs and iPods. And no sense of self-awareness or irony. And now they’ve got political power.

But fear not, the adults are in charge.

On the other hand, if they offer to open a nuclear power plant I’ll be all for it … so long as they keep it up. More nukes, more cheap energy, and more innovation will do more for the environment than any number of foolish, draconian EPA policies.

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 28, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Heh, and a whole lot of them like to eat stuff that doesn’t grow locally to them, and get annoyed if their neighbor has goats and chickens.

Sekhmet on April 28, 2009 at 2:23 PM

I recall a very expensive research project, from a long time ago, that involved *thermal* rock breaking. It was to be applied as an underground mining method using electrically driven heat lamps to spall copper-bearing rock.

Then along came a wisea** ( ;-) ) with a calculation, literally on the back of an envelope, that roughly determined how many tons of rock had to be broken, leading to pounds of copper produced, that would be needed to make the method a viably commercial alternative to blasting.

That calculation indicated that there was not enough electrical power being generated in total, in the entire Upper Midwestern US to drive the system, much less that from the local generating plant. That was before cost per KWH was even considered, both then and future.

When the scope of the problem was presented to the PhD researcher running the program the look on his face was both priceless and very telling regarding a forward-looking perspective. In his mind it was imperative to make the system work first. The totally impossible restrictions need not be considered till later, and “weren’t his problem”.

I expect to see that same look on a lot of faces 5 to 10 years down the road.

Yoop on April 28, 2009 at 2:24 PM

I am so glad I never went to natural gas for my fireplace.

We are so screwed!

upinak on April 28, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Desert Rock was never going to happen. It was unpopular on the res and faced one challenge after another by tribal members and anti-coal groups. Killing it was a formality.

mchristian on April 28, 2009 at 2:25 PM

He’s dynamited the tunnel so a light no longer does us any good.

thomasaur on April 28, 2009 at 1:56 PM

seriously?

scalleywag on April 28, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Amazing, isn’t it? I’m getting to the point where I don’t even want to read what Obama’s next trick is going to be. It’s like the proverbial freight train, coming at you full speed ahead, cutting down anything in it’s path along the way.

scalleywag on April 28, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Reminds me of the bar scene in ’48 Hours’ where Eddie Murphy starts picking up glasses and dropping them on the floor saying “Let’s see what we can f!@k with next”.

thomasaur on April 28, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Well well well. When the man stands up and says if you elect me I will bankrupt the coal industry and cause energy cost to skyrocket what did the voters think? In fact you get what you ask for. The current bill in congress will cost the typical household 3900 dollars a year.

TomLawler on April 28, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I don’t know what the voters thought. I never understood it at all. When one of the candidates is making all kinds of promises to hurt all of us, why would anyone still vote for him?

And now he’s DOING all those things. Is there some point where people might notice?

Or are most people truly propagandized, enough to believe we are all bad people (due to being Americans), and deserve such punishment?

Alana on April 28, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Well well well. When the man stands up and says if you elect me I will bankrupt the coal industry and cause energy cost to skyrocket what did the voters think? In fact you get what you ask for. The current bill in congress will cost the typical household 3900 dollars a year.

TomLawler on April 28, 2009 at 2:29 PM

But But he’s gonna give you $13.00 a week. Don’t forget you will be taxed on it next year. LOL

Rick007 on April 28, 2009 at 2:43 PM

It truly is the beginning of the end, isn’t it?

As far as I can tell, nineball, yes.

Alana on April 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Everyone, let’s gather ’round the coal fire for a few classics..

Dirty Harry: Coal Makes Us Sick

Can’t find the exact post on Hansen in the hotair archive, but this should do..
Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them.

What you all really need is some alarmist maniacs to really drive home these points.. /s.

saus on April 28, 2009 at 2:47 PM

I miss McCains 45 Atomic plants.

GunRunner on April 28, 2009 at 2:51 PM

thomasaur on April 28, 2009 at 2:27 PM

hahahaha, that’s a perfect analogy!

scalleywag on April 28, 2009 at 2:59 PM

It’s an Indian thing. Sioux/Cheyenne did, too.
They must figure their Domestic Dependent Nation status hinges on a Democrat being in power.
When will they realize govt in general is to be distrusted?
They certainly have more experience at being screwed over than the general American does.

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said in a statement the decision was further proof that the U.S. government isn’t “honest and truthful in its dealings with Native America.” Shirley said that the EPA withdrawal of the permit will harm the Navajo people.
“I have people dying every day because of poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, gangs, and the U.S. Government is not there to adequately fund the direct service programs that cater to these needs,” he said.

I lived on the Navajo Reservation for most of my life. The Rez is like a 3rd world country in more ways than you would believe. The Navajo President’s words tell the story: Many Navajos and other Native American’s have been conditioned to live their lives with their hand out waiting for the great white fathers to fill it. (Maybe that phrase doesn’t quite work any more.) Of course they voted for the 0 as they have always voted for libs with promises to take care of them.

People dependent on the government are always screwed in one way or another. Obama is working overtime to make sure we are all dependent on the government. Soon the entire United States will be a 3rd world country

el rey on April 28, 2009 at 3:04 PM

And the hits just keep on coming. Obama’s deceitful socialist* administration has now taken over the formally free industries of banking, insurance, automobiles, and energy.

His is not just the worst Presidency ever already, but is the worst thing that has happened to this country since WWII.

Jaibones on April 28, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Maybe it’s time for the Navajos to re-open the Scalp House and go after the EPA.

What would happen if the plant were build on the Res and the Navajo Nation claimed sovereignty to license it?

sdillard on April 28, 2009 at 3:14 PM

faol
WV went McCain thanks much,but I can hold out hope that maybe just maybe someone could challange Byrd in 10 and stand a chance.

tee866 on April 28, 2009 at 3:22 PM

This is a racist attack on native Americans. They are being shown racial prejudice.

seven on April 28, 2009 at 3:25 PM

I expect to see the Navajos sue Mr. Obama and the EPA in Court. This chapter isn’t finally written.

eaglewingz08 on April 28, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Has The One ever been successfully taken to court? He has of course taken others but I don’t know a case where he was sued. One day some of his contract breaking will wind it’s way into courts and he will start losing. It was illegal how he fired the CEO of GM without a board meeting.

seven on April 28, 2009 at 3:30 PM

And they said George was an idiot???

gary on April 28, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I have a suggestion for whenever a Conservative administration finally gets into office…

…help the EPA get back to nature…

…by moving all their administrative offices to the Alaskan North Slope to fulfill the Constitutional requirements for Federal land control of ANWR. I predict that within a year the department will be MUCH smaller.

dominigan on April 28, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Obama has declared war on energy producers, and the EPA is his regulatory army. They just won their first victory, and the Navajos will be poorer for it — and so will their potential customers, who could have benefited from more plentiful resources.

I’ve been to the four corners area (a copper mine) and I can tell you they are very poor, it’s a very sad situation indeed.

Also, I can tell you from experience being in the environmental, health and safety field the air emissions permitting process is long and costly, money the Navajos needed for other things I’m sure but ingood faith tried to develop an electric coal plant in order to provide a source for jobs and revenue, got it approved and then had the rug pulled out from under them!

I guess the Obambi administration is concerned with only certain minorities in America and the Native Americans aren’t one of them…Native Americans used to say the “white man” that spoke with a forked tongue…so now they’ll have to change it to the black man speaks with a silver forked tongue

Liberty or Death on April 28, 2009 at 4:10 PM

I live in the Four Corners area and know a bit about this. The Navajo tribe is deeply divided over building the power plant. They already have one coal-fired power plant on the res that spews a lot of junk into the air and there is a very vocal group that opposed building another despite the fact that it would have been a clean coal facility. There have also been the usual challenges by enviro-wactivists.

It is a fact that most Navajos are Democrats. One of my Navajo co-workers told me before the election that he and most people on the res would vote for Obama, in part because they always did and in part because that is the way they get their entitlements. He had never and planned never to vote for a Republican for any office.

mchristian on April 28, 2009 at 4:16 PM

that’s ok.

obama’s going to pay my car note. remember?

madmonkphotog on April 28, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Coal gasification has been available, via Eastman Chemical Company, Tenn – for about 7 years now.

Brian Ferguson is their CEO and has talked about it since 2000, with fruition in 2002.

Odie1941 on April 28, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Not worry, they’re Indians, Biden is getting them all jobs at his local Qwik-E-Mart even as we speak.

29Victor on April 28, 2009 at 4:43 PM

el rey on April 28, 2009 at 3:04 PM

The Sioux/Cheyenne reservation is just S of me. It definitely is 3rd world there & so, so sad.
Being dependent upon the US govt has ruined these people. But unfortunately, they have failed to band together as a group for their own welfare.
Some tribes seem to have gotten it together-but for the most part, Native Americans have fallen through the cracks.
1st it was our fault.
But now it is their fault.

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 5:22 PM

mchristian on April 28, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Yup. They want to continue getting their commodities!

Badger40 on April 28, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Look at the bright side… he just lost the Native American voting block and the coal producing states. Elections have consequences. Nice going Obama voters.

suzyk on April 28, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Hows bankrupting the coal industry working out for you PA Obama voters? Schmucks.

marklmail on April 28, 2009 at 5:30 PM

There’s a bill board on rt 95 as you enter Phila from the north… It is a pro coal message from the coal industry something or other. I wonder what it will say next week.
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This a’hole will kill America one cut at a time comes to mind.
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Time to go off the grid as much as possible. Most Odumshit supporters will never see it coming though, the Cool Aid is too strong for their weak minds. Even when I talk to ones who do see the problems developing they still support Obinky because that is what they know. Like an abused spouse, they think it’s love.
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RalphyBoy on April 28, 2009 at 6:03 PM

TrickyDick on April 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM
I said it before and I’ll say it again. Liberals aren’t going to be happy until everyone’s living in grass huts or caves again in access controled mega-cities and buffalo roam freely everywhere in their historic range. They hate you everyone including themselves!

Fixed.

Friendly21 on April 28, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley said in a statement the decision was further proof that the U.S. government isn’t “honest and truthful in its dealings with Native America.” Shirley said that the EPA withdrawal of the permit will harm the Navajo people.

Good grief, the US Gov’t isn’t honest in its dealings with the rest of the US, so this is no surprise. By the time Obama and Co. are finished, America will be a third-world banana republic.

jdawg on April 28, 2009 at 7:06 PM

“I don’t think anyone ever imagined that the new team at EPA would seem to have such little regard for due process or basic notions of fairness”

uh, I didn’t just imagine it, I knew it.

And hundreds of posters on this site knew it too.

notagool on April 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM

TrickyDick on April 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM
I said it before and I’ll say it again. Liberals aren’t going to be happy until everyone’s living in grass huts or caves again in access controled mega-cities and buffalo roam freely everywhere in their historic range. They hate you everyone including themselves!

Fixed.

Friendly21 on April 28, 2009 at 6:24 PM

+1

JeffVader on April 28, 2009 at 7:32 PM

what a really great president this BHO is, lets keep him for ever. That way, the U.S. can be run by a dick…tator.

foxone on April 28, 2009 at 7:36 PM

This is the people who voted for Obama……………..chickens coming home to roost.

Miwagi on April 28, 2009 at 7:39 PM

I stayed on the Navajo Indian reservation for a week a few years back. The place was an absolute wreck. The streets were in the worst shape I have ever seen in any American community. Gang members were rampant in the area (they wore all black so they were easy to identify). There were no good jobs in the area (the guy’s house we were painting supported his family by working at Denny’s). We would drive around the community’s in buses shouting “church time” and the kids would flood the buses to go play games and learn at church. Apparently they had nothing else to do, so they were bursting at the seams to go do something fun. Many (if not most) of the people were alcoholics. It was a deplorable area. Which is what makes B.O.’s policy that much more devastating. If there were good jobs for them, they wouldn’t need to live in such disparity.

NeverLiberal on April 28, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Let us see now, if we cut our foot off, the government will give us what a peg leg so hobble around on? I told you set up a guillotine on crapitol hill and start lopping off those heads until reason comes to light. Nothing short will do. I know it sounds outrageous and perhaps mean but…

larvcom on April 28, 2009 at 10:08 PM

I think conservatives, or just plain on sane people, should start suing the government, like people did with FDR. They won’t have a chance in hell to win with the SCOTUS once the elderly leave and Obama appoints radicals.

PattyJ on April 28, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Navajo Nation, time to use your sovereignty to build that plant anyway. Then Obama can worry about Ward Churchill breathing down his back for once.

unclesmrgol on April 28, 2009 at 10:55 PM

ooo…ooo…ooo…

I am so excited about the idea of mythical power. Is that like burning unicorn poo in your car, or something?

But on a side note, I wonder how many of these Navajo’s voted for BHO. Bet they are changing their minds now.

gobblemom on April 28, 2009 at 11:10 PM

It’s a real shame that the enumerated powers don’t carry much weight anymore.

Send_Me on April 28, 2009 at 11:24 PM

If I remember correctly, New Mexico went for Obama. Elections have consequences…

ddrintn on April 29, 2009 at 12:10 AM

So I guess Obama hates the red man as well as the white man.

MB4 on April 29, 2009 at 12:27 AM

I know that Obama hates Winston Churchill. Maybe he thinks that Ward Churchill is a cousin of his and really part Indian.

MB4 on April 29, 2009 at 12:29 AM

This is a huge deal to the Navajo, especially since Southern California Edison shut down their electrical generating plant in Laughlin because EPA wanted scrubbers… they bought all their coal from the reservation and the Navajo had spent a great deal of money developing their facilities to provide to coal, it was one of the few good paying jobs available to the Navajo… Shirley fell for the democratic promises hook line and sinker — from what I can see — and the Navajo helped elect Obama in New Mexico as well as Udall and the woman who replaced Renzi in Flagstaff… the GOP needs to jump into the middle of this frey… heck, McCain totally blew it when that tape sat unnoticed for months and months and even then when it came out the Sunday before we all voted he was mute…..

Rapunzel on April 29, 2009 at 1:09 AM

All the Navaho’s need to do is put up a wind farm or a bunch of solar panels. Uhhhhbama’s going to run the country on sunshine and breezes, so they’ll be on the ground floor for the coming boom of green jobs.

darwin-t on April 29, 2009 at 6:27 AM

California’s already been having problems with power rationing, brownouts, rolling blackouts. What are they expected to do, use hamsters in exercise wheels for their power? Oh well, both California and NM went for Obama in the election. I don’t want to hear them snivel when everything in the fridge and freezer goes bad because their power went out.

quikstrike98 on April 29, 2009 at 8:24 AM

quikstrike98 on April 29, 2009 at 8:24 AM

As my husband said last night “Time to build an icehouse”.

Badger40 on April 29, 2009 at 10:11 AM

These fools in DC. You can’t shutdown the fossil fuel power generation facilities and then when you find that your green sources will not meet the demand, somehow resurrect the fossil power industry. Uncertainty was a partial cause of the depth of the Great Depression and these fools have learned nothing. If they think that the government can pick up there slack, well the recent flyover of NYC shows how competent they are in just the simplest of matters. And the more complex; well we can’t even get on quickly with nuclear power and off shore drilling. Yep, we’re in good hands with the same type of government idiots running things who for over 30 years have talked about energy independence as we sunk into more dependence on foreign sources; even electrical power from Canada.

Now onward to rationed health care for the masses to cure our health care system.

Rapunzel on April 29, 2009 at 1:09 AM, Re: Laughlin

The CA equivalent of the Public Utilities Commission shut down the $1.2 billion dollar project to make those two old coal fired units meet the 2005 emission standards and become more efficient. Since the power was to go to CA, they had a say in the project funding. so the two units had to shutdown. I was to run the project’s power plant modification aspect. There was also to be a new coal mine and pipeline to service the facility, with spending above the $1.2 billion for the facility modifications. Now as to why the PUC wouldn’t approve the project, since we meet the new standards in the design with all of the necessary equipment, I was never informed. We had scrubbers and baghouses in the design, from my memory, and our company had instlled them in many other earlier designs. IMHO, it was environmental politics since I have seen worthwhile projects stopped before such as the refinery in north central CA where after 5 years of hassle it was canceled in the US and built in Indonesia.

And a little irony was involved since my next and last job before retirement was being a major player in the testing of one time use only, newly designed equipment and the overseeing of operations for the destruction of mustard agent under the Dept of Army. Hey, when they shutdown private industry, there will always be a government job. (sarcasm/off)

Take care and be safe

amr on April 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

This is only the latest example of Obama’s use of the EPA for the furtherance of his agenda. Since January, the EPA has been revoking and denying permits for coal-related activities as a matter of course.

Of course, the outlook for new coal-fired power plants will only get worse in light of the EPA’s recent CO2 “finding,” but it’s not just the coal-fired power plants he’s targeting. It is also the mining operations. The EPA is rescinding or denying permits for mining operations in wholesale fashion.

The idiot UMWA supported Obama, of course.

hillbillyjim on April 29, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Please, God, a little swine flu cooties could actually do a lotta good in this instance.

Alden Pyle on April 29, 2009 at 1:25 PM

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