Obama’s Kinetic Military Action on Coal

posted at 9:25 am on August 10, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

It’s good to know that the president has taken note of the unemployment rate and plans to focus on jobs. But as William Yeatman notes at the New York Post, we didn’t expect the “focus” to come in the form of cross-hairs. While I maintain that there are many areas where government is largely powerless to directly impact employment, there are a few where it can exert tremendous influence. This only becomes a problem when Washington chooses to actively eliminate or bar the creation of jobs.

President Obama claims to see the need to create jobs at this time of endless 9-plus percent unemployment — yet his administration continues to relentlessly destroy jobs for ideological reasons. The best example may be the Obama Environmental Protection Agency’s “war on coal.”

The EPA’s regulatory crusade directly threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs — and “rolling blackouts” that threaten even more.

Start with a proposed regulation under the Clean Air Act that’s set to be finalized in November. The Utility MACT (“Maximum Achievable Control Technology”) rule seeks to cut US power plants’ emissions of mercury from 29 tons a year to just five. Yet EPA itself estimates that cutting even as much as 41 tons out of total emissions of 105 tons “is unlikely to substantially affect total risk.”

This report isn’t startling for any of the individual items on the menu, but more for the way it assembles the series of egregious errors in energy policy we’ve seen over the last couple of years. There is a pattern here, and it adds up to one missed opportunity after another.

  • The Utility MACT – a pointless exercise providing nearly zero tangible benefit, even in environmental terms, which is poised to place roughly one quarter million jobs in danger.
  • The EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule – Unleashed on Texas with almost no warning, the new rules require them to institute crippling changes in only six months when even the most optimistic analyst felt it would take a minimum of three years. Plants will be shut down, the power grid will be starved and jobs will go up in [the lack of] smoke.
  • Attacking Appalachian coal mining operations under the guise of saving a short-lived, not endangered insect. 15,000 more jobs getting ready to end.

And the war on coal doesn’t even include related maneuvers such as jacking up vehicle mileage standards against the input of scientists and engineers who insist the demands are beyond the bounds of reason. All of this translates to an ideological agenda which achieves the precise opposite of what the administration now claims as its focus: lowering the unemployment rate.

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Let’s just face it. Obama is purposely destroying America. It’s horrifying to watch him do it with impunity and with no opposition.

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

I can only conclude that Obama isn’t concerned as much about a second term as he is with doing as much damage as he possible can in one term.

dirtseller on August 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM

What are these people thinking?
None of these regulations will last.
It will create more job losses, higher utility prices, and possibly rolling blackouts.
This will serve only to pi** people off.
Perry will be the next president and all will be changed back to previous regs.
Am I missing something here?

humdinger on August 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM

America is better off when Obama and his administration stops focusing on anything people care about. Maybe they should just focus on golf and fund-raisers.

gwelf on August 10, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Add to this that they are against all alternative energy sources and we have a real mess on our hands.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 9:33 AM

There is opposition to Obama’s attack on our economy. They are called racists and terrorists by the dims and their lackeys in the mainstream media. Wake up. If it wasn’t for the Tea Party there would be NO opposition to the bankrupting our nation. The 2010 election was the biggest swing in 70 years and 2012 will be another step in taking our country back.

volsense on August 10, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Slight O/T but related:

Tuesday: Fed to keep interest rates low for the next two years…..Dow rises 429 points.

Wednesday: Reality sets in because the Fed is admitting the economy will suck for another two years……..Dow heading to -300

Rovin on August 10, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Add to this that they are against all alternative energy sources and we have a real mess on our hands. until they figure out how to tax and regulate them to death.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 9:33 AM

FIFY

Mangy Scot on August 10, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Can the damage he is inflicting on our beloved country be reversed after his regime is toppled?

OmahaConservative on August 10, 2011 at 9:37 AM

All of this translates to an ideological agenda which achieves the precise opposite of what the administration now claims as its focus: lowering the unemployment rate.

Cloward-Piven is the only rational explanation. And while a single person may be naive enough and get to the White House (I’m looking at you 1970s era Jimmy Carter ) advisers and policy makers cannot have that same level of naivete. You just don’t get to those positions by being naive. And if you are, you don’t survive. We have evil people in charge of our government.

rbj on August 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

This ridiculous man said exactly how he was going to treat the coal industry prior to the election, yet the coal states voted for him anyway.

How do you like him now?

When the mask slips is the only time that Obama does not lie.

The youTube video is still out there for all to see if you haven’t already.

Solution?

See, Palin, Sarah. Facebook, 8/8/11

turfmann on August 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I am always struck by the abject incoherence of liberalism. Obama and his ilk want us to buy electric cars, yet they simultaneously wage a war against our chief source of electricity.

flyfisher on August 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Appropos of the war on coal,

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_east_cincinnati/duke-energy-to-close-beckjord-power-plant-in-clermont-county
Posted: 07/18/2011
By: Jay Warren

BATAVIA, Ohio – Duke Energy said in a statement Monday that the Beckjord Station in New Richmond will be closed by January 2015 due to new EPA regulations that the company cannot afford to meet.

Already this summer Duke has been cycling my A/C on and off to avoid brownouts. If we haven’t constructed any coal-fired plants in decades, and we’re closing some we do have “due to new EPA regulations that the compan[ies] cannot afford to meet”, then where the hell am I getting power in 2015? Out of the butts of unicorns?

Paul-Cincy on August 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Well it’s not like he didn’t tell us he was going to do this.

NeoKong on August 10, 2011 at 9:41 AM

And yet the United Mine Workers will still continue blindly supporting the Dems.

teke184 on August 10, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Slight O/T but related:

Tuesday: Fed to keep interest rates low for the next two years…..Dow rises 429 points.

Wednesday: Reality sets in because the Fed is admitting the economy will suck for another two years……..Dow heading to -300

Rovin on August 10, 2011 at 9:36 AM

I didn’t understand yesterday’s late rally. But overnight I suppose the traders had time to figure out what they should have understood immediately. Yesterday the FED signaled prolonged doom. Bernanke fears we are in for a deflationary depression and that he is powerless to prevent it.

flyfisher on August 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Cloward-Piven is the only rational explanation…
rbj on August 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I’m curious. Have you ever had the opportunity to read the original “Weight of the Poor” from 1966?

turfmann on August 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Slight O/T but related:

Tuesday: Fed to keep interest rates low for the next two years…..Dow rises 429 points.

Wednesday: Reality sets in because the Fed is admitting the economy will suck for another two years……..Dow heading to -300

Rovin on August 10, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Looks like a Japan-style Lost Decade to come, much like a lot of us predicted when the “stimulus bill” was proposed.

teke184 on August 10, 2011 at 9:44 AM

As a compromise, when America’s conservatives are confined to new political reeducation camps, the barracks stoves will burn coal. Obama is generous that way.

RBMN on August 10, 2011 at 9:45 AM

No benefit, lots of cost. It needs to be stopped.

forest on August 10, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Yep. The EPA is on a rampage.

They are closing ( through regulation) power plants here in Texas and not allowing the replacement of those plants, even those utilizing updated and ‘clean coal’ technology.

All of this happening btw as we are having trouble dealing with power availability issues doe to the heat wave and drought.

catmman on August 10, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I wonder just how close we are to Obama ushering in the new “world currency”?

The plan is taking shape.

stenwin77 on August 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Obama is purposely destroying America. It’s horrifying to watch him do it with impunity and with no opposition.

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Depressing, too.

petefrt on August 10, 2011 at 9:49 AM

As a compromise, when America’s conservatives are confined to new political reeducation camps, the barracks stoves will burn coal. Obama is generous that way.

RBMN on August 10, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Of course the conservatives in the camps will be forced to mine the coal as part of their re-education.

Disturb the Universe on August 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I wonder just how close we are to Obama ushering in the new “world currency”?

The plan is taking shape.

stenwin77 on August 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM

So we’re skipping the Amero?

flyfisher on August 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

As a compromise, when America’s conservatives are confined to new political reeducation camps, the barracks stoves will burn coal. Obama is generous that way.

RBMN on August 10, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Of course the conservatives in the camps will be forced to mine the coal as part of their re-education.

Disturb the Universe on August 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Just think of all the jobs the camps will create.

flyfisher on August 10, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Look, guys, how can you expect the Marxists to send you all back to the Stone Age if you’ve still got electricity?

OldEnglish on August 10, 2011 at 9:55 AM

There has got to be a way to rein in this radical EPA.

Doesn’t congress have any power over this agency? Seriously, this is an honest question. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO STOP THIS DESTRUCTION?

/My last electric bill $459. Up from $311 two months ago.

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

This ridiculous man said exactly how he was going to treat the coal industry prior to the election, yet the coal states voted for him anyway.

How do you like him now?

turfmann on August 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I was working for a defense contractor in 1992 and we had a woman who was an ardent Democrat supporter come in the day after Clinton was elected proclaiming victory. I looked at her and said “congratulations, you just voted yourself out of a job.” We both got laid off three months later.

John Deaux on August 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

rule seeks to cut US power plants’ emissions of mercury from 29 tons a year to just five.

We could cut more than that by outlawing those squiggly light bulbs, and the only people who’d lose jobs would be Chinese.

Oldnuke on August 10, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Communist…

PatriotRider on August 10, 2011 at 10:02 AM

/My last electric bill $459. Up from $311 two months ago.

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Interesting. I’m on level billing and my bill is $185 a month all year long. It gets adjusted periodically but it’s been adjusted down as much as up in the last ten years so I’m about even over the long haul. My home is all electric and I run the A/C all summer long and I keep the thermostat set at around 75 deg F summer and winter. I know you’re in Florida and I’m in Virginia. It’s curious that there’d be that much difference in rates. I know up North of us the rates are much higher but I always thought the Southern states were about the same.

Oldnuke on August 10, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Yea that’s it please your little base, kill a bunch more jobs and make utility bills skyrocket right before the election, or even just threaten to. Word travels at the speed of light now remember?

Speakup on August 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM

As noted a few times already, he flat out told all of us he was going to do this but 51% didn’t give a flying fu*k and voted for him because he was black and it would be “historic”.

Let’s hope in 2012 voters pay a little closer attention to what candidates actually say and do as opposed to what they look like.

Tim Zank on August 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Can the damage he is inflicting on our beloved country be reversed after his regime is toppled?

OmahaConservative on August 10, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Wondered this many times. So much work to do.

itsacookbook on August 10, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I know up North of us the rates are much higher but I always thought the Southern states were about the same.

Oldnuke on August 10, 2011 at 10:04 AM

The rates down here are outrageous. I’m pretty much convinced that in the coming months Eric Holder’s people will move into my home and I will go and live where Eric Holder’s people came from. I worry for my parents and my family.

Social Justice.

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Word travels at the speed of light now remember?

Speakup on August 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Only if you have electricity.

OldEnglish on August 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

/My last electric bill $459. Up from $311 two months ago.

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Holy Crap how much weed you growing?

I keed I keed…..

That’s one he** of an electric bill!

Tim Zank on August 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Holy Crap how much weed you growing?

I keed I keed…..

That’s one he** of an electric bill!

Tim Zank on August 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

LOL! :oX

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 10:13 AM

May 21, 2008

Democrat Barack Obama has added another major union endorsement, with today’s vote by the United Mine Workers of America.

“We are extremely proud to make this endorsement today,” the union’s international President, Cecil E. Roberts, said in a statement. “Sen. Obama shares the values of UMWA members and our families. He understands and will fight for the needs our members have today and the hopes our members have for a secure future for themselves and their families.

“We looked at the positions of both Sen. Obama and Sen. John McCain when considering this endorsement,” Roberts said in the statement provided by the Obama campaign. “On issue after issue, it is clear that Sen. Obama will be on our side while Sen. McCain will not.”

The UMWA claims 105,000 active and retired coal miners, mine construction workers, public service employees, health care workers and manufacturing workers in the United States and Canada.

UPDATE: Blair Latoff, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, responded: “The short-sighted partisan dogma of Big Labor bosses is rarely, if ever, demonstrated more clearly than the United Mine Workers of America endorsement of Barack Obama – a candidate who supports raising taxes on coal. It’s hard to imagine anything less beneficial for rank-and-file miners than a President who supports raising taxes on their product.”

The leaders don’t give a rip about their members and are perfectly willing to sacrifice them on the altar of socialism.

RadClown on August 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM

I am so cool. My electric bill is under 100 dollars. many will have cooling bills on top of gasolene expense that will cause them to be missing another housepayment. Coal powered electric is economical.

seven on August 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Word travels at the speed of light now remember?

Speakup on August 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Only if you have electricity.

OldEnglish on August 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Bicycle+alternator=word travels at speed of light.

Speakup on August 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

This ridiculous man said exactly how he was going to treat the coal industry prior to the election, yet the coal states voted for him anyway.

How do you like him now?

When the mask slips is the only time that Obama does not lie.

The youTube video is still out there for all to see if you haven’t already.

Solution?

See, Palin, Sarah. Facebook, 8/8/11

turfmann on August 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Which coal states are you referring to. WV went for McCain and we were called a state of racists for it. Nevermind the fact that the video of Obaka saying he’d all but destroy the coal industry went viral here. Heck, I guess wanting to work and eat is racist if you’re a coal-mining state.

Pattosensei on August 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

We always worried about terrorists attacking our energy sources in this country. Looks like they are, and have. We just expected them to scream jihad afterward.

capejasmine on August 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Texas still has jobs? We can fix that. Oh, yes we can.

MTF on August 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Bicycle+alternator=word travels at speed of light.

Speakup on August 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

LOL! I’ll grant you that one. Start pedalling! :)

OldEnglish on August 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Obama wanted to pimp yopur utilities. The carbon tax schemes were intended for the gubm,ent to add a tarrif on electric and fossil fuels. On paper it would have been a revenue sours and taxation. Now we jhust have the burden of regulatory mandates in the scores of billions of dollars.

By they way, mountain top removal for wind farms is kosher. Just not mountain top removal for coal mining. Mountan top coal is much safer for workers.

seven on August 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

All of this translates to an ideological agenda which achieves the precise opposite of what the administration now claims as its focus: lowering the unemployment rate.

Yes this is intentional despite what Obama says he’s trying to do.
Does anybody doubt that for ideological reasons that Fast&Furious was to gin up the stats to justify undermining the 2nd Amendment?
In this latest debt fight, Paul Ryan said Obama never offered one economic reason against the House plan or for his. It was all about social justice. He went on to say Obama is incapable of walking away from his progressive Keynesian views. WSJ’s James Taranto has an interesting take on that today (actually yesterday). He went on to quote a 2010 Peggy Noonan column where the president dressed down Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the White House:

…Mr. Obama raised his voice slightly and quickened his cadence. “If the price of certainty is essentially for us to adopt the exact same proposals that were in place leading up to the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression . . . the result is going to be the same. I don’t know why we would expect a different outcome pursuing the exact same policy that got us in this fix in the first place.”

So that’s not political rhetoric he dresses his speeches with for the masses–he actually believes it!!

cartooner on August 10, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Abolish the EPA!!!

capejasmine on August 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Bicycle+alternator=word travels at speed of light.

Speakup on August 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM
LOL! I’ll grant you that one. Start pedalling! :)

OldEnglish on August 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I saw one of those at the flea market this past weekend. A bicycle with a lawnmower engine. Zoom Zoom.

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

I wonder just how close we are to Obama ushering in the new “world currency”?

The plan is taking shape.

stenwin77 on August 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Coming soon. First phase is the Obama 3 dollar bill. It will have the purchasing power of the old 1 dollar bill. The one dollar bill is bad because it goes back to the era of slavery.

At the dollar store, everything that is now a dollar will be 3 dollars.

seven on August 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

The MACT standard is a killer.

In central Utah, the big power plant (IPP) falls under the new mercury MACT (it burns coal and generates enough Mercury emissions to be under the MACT). They are supposed to install an expensive analyzer in their stacks. Problem is the mercury levels are so low coming through the stack, that they fall below the analyzer’s Method Detection Limit. That means the blip/spike you see on the analyzer is so small it can’t be differentiated from instrument noise. EPA still requires the purchase and installation of the analyzer.

Also in central Utah, a cement plant generates about 100lbs of mercury a year as they process the aggregate. The bag house captures a good chunk. Nevertheless, the MACT/EPA is telling them that they need to cut the emission down by 30lbs and must install equipment that costs $20 million to do so. That sure incentivizes the plant shutting down and moving to Mexico where their are almost no controls.

EPA rules are also screwed up as, often, the incentive is to remain as dirty as possible to get some nice subsidies to pay for cleaning things up more (and then, if you’re smart, just to barely meet the new level so you can be set for the next subsidy), while a proactive company that already cleaned up doesn’t get the government cheese.

batter on August 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM

New currency

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I think he just doesn’t want to be re-elected. Which is fine by me.

BobMbx on August 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM

New currency

Key West Reader on August 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM

“Not valid for Caucasian Use”

BobMbx on August 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I’m starting to think it’s never been about American jobs. It’s about creating offshore jobs.

What if the EPA made rules that nobody followed? I’m thinking particularly what they’re about to do to Texas.

sadatoni on August 10, 2011 at 10:45 AM

•The Utility MACT – a pointless exercise providing nearly zero tangible benefit, even in environmental terms, which is poised to place roughly one quarter million jobs in danger.
•The EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule – Unleashed on Texas with almost no warning, the new rules require them to institute crippling changes in only six months when even the most optimistic analyst felt it would take a minimum of three years. Plants will be shut down, the power grid will be starved and jobs will go up in [the lack of] smoke.
•Attacking Appalachian coal mining operations under the guise of saving a short-lived, not endangered insect. 15,000 more jobs getting ready to end.

This list does NOT include the April 2010 “rule” requiring power plants emitting more than 250,000 tons/year of carbon dioxide to install “Best Available Control Technology”, which is a double oxymoron because NO “control technology” is “available” for CO2, and since no one has yet tried it, no one knows what is “best”.

This CO2 emission rate corresponds to about 131 Megawatts (MW) of heating value of natural gas, and since no power plant is 100% efficient, the electricity produced would be much less than 131 MW. Coal produces about half as much heat per mass CO2 emitted as natural gas, so that the rule would affect coal-fired power plants producing less than 60 MW. But since most commercial power plants use multiple turbines each producing 250 MW or more, this “rule” has brought permitting of power plants to a standstill.

About 50% of US electricity production comes from coal, about 25% from natural gas, 15% from nuclear, about 5% from hydro, and 5% from “renewables”. By attacking the largest source of US power, the Obama Administration will essentially cripple the industry and force blackouts, since there has been no effort to promote nuclear power plants, the only technology with any hope of picking up the slack.

“The cost of electricity will necessarily skyrocket” said Obama. Will “Scranton Joe” Biden ride to the rescue of Old King Coal? Or must we wait for a new President?

Steve Z on August 10, 2011 at 10:53 AM

DOTUS…….everywhere, all the time.

Thank you GOP Ruling Class that wasted a chance to defeat this Cloward Piven disciple in 2008.

McCain and the GOP smarties told us we had nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency.

PappyD61 on August 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The Chinese may be selling US electricity from their Foreign Trade Zones soon.

Like they want to do in Idaho.

Google it.

PappyD61 on August 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM

In central Utah, the big power plant (IPP) falls under the new mercury MACT (it burns coal and generates enough Mercury emissions to be under the MACT). They are supposed to install an expensive analyzer in their stacks. Problem is the mercury levels are so low coming through the stack, that they fall below the analyzer’s Method Detection Limit. That means the blip/spike you see on the analyzer is so small it can’t be differentiated from instrument noise. EPA still requires the purchase and installation of the analyzer.

In other words, an extremely low mercury concentration times a lot of stack gas might exceed the emission standard, but the analyzer can’t distinguish between an exceedance and zero emissions.

In such a case, is the power plant “innocent until proven guilty”–if the EPA can’t prove the exceedance using the analyzer, there are no fines?

Steve Z on August 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Anybody want a bag of coal in their stocking for Christmas?

Steve Z on August 10, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Which coal states are you referring to. WV went for McCain and we were called a state of racists for it. Nevermind the fact that the video of Obaka saying he’d all but destroy the coal industry went viral here. Heck, I guess wanting to work and eat is racist if you’re a coal-mining state.

Pattosensei on August 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

You make a valid point. I was speaking off the top of my head as to which states went for Obama that were coal producing. Most of the largest ones went for McCain, but Montana, which produces a quarter of our coal, was won by McCain by 11,000 votes – about 2%.

So, I stand corrected (sorta -kinda).

But looking at the results I am just amazed at how many people voted against their personal interests in the face of very direct testimony from Obama on the subject of coal.

turfmann on August 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM

“Under my plan electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”-Obama ’08

“if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”-Obama ’08

Vera on August 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Colorado is a coal mining state that went for Obama.

Vera on August 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I am always struck by the abject incoherence of liberalism. Obama and his ilk want us to buy electric cars, yet they simultaneously wage a war against our chief source of electricity.

flyfisher on August 10, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Not incoherent at all. Once they get everybody on electricity, then they can tighten the grid and tell you how big your carbon footprint will be. The government controls the power lines, not the gas pumps and gas trucks. What’s ridiculous is that Obama is counteracting the possible seductive lure of “clean electric cars”–but even so, he’s doing that under the radar (and cover of the media) and only “wingnut” sites like this one will know anything about it.

Axeman on August 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM

In such a case, is the power plant “innocent until proven guilty”–if the EPA can’t prove the exceedance using the analyzer, there are no fines?

Steve Z on August 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Right now, EPA can tell them that the Maximum Detection Limit is their limit or something slightly above the MDL (anything above could be a violation). However, in the future (often the case), EPA can set out a rule to require emissions be cut another X%. If that is the case and the cut puts your allowable emissions below the MDL, how are you ever going to prove it?

batter on August 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The ERA – Environmental Ruling Agency.

They’re way beyond “protection” of Superfund spills and the like.

Axeman on August 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM

In related news…
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I recently heard on the radio that all remodeling contractors who work on pre-1978 build buildings need to be permitted for that that of work…
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Gazette story
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The rule applies to professional contractors and others who are compensated for work they do in homes, townhomes, condominiums, preschools and day-care centers — places frequented by children who are age 6 and under. The rule does not apply to homeowners doing their own work.

Gerding Construction owner John Gerding, who’s worked in construction since 1984, said his prices might increase as much as 50 percent, although he can’t say for sure until he begins employing the new EPA-required safety measures.

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The hits just keep coming…
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BTW… Where exactly is the line? The down on his luck painter I have coming over is doing work that I’m sure can be called into this law’s intent… Oh wait… I see it…

and others who are compensated for work they do in homes,

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We as homeowners have not been skipped over by the Obama EPA…
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RalphyBoy on August 10, 2011 at 12:27 PM

…By the way, mountain top removal for wind farms is kosher. Just not mountain top removal for coal mining. Mountain top coal is much safer for workers.

seven on August 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

YES! The liberals need to get over their irrational hatred of open pit coal mining. It’s far safer, and though it might look like hell for a year or two, the mining company puts it back together when they are done. In the history of the planet, the time the land is disturbed is insignificant.

It’s just another aspect of our childlike obsession with environmentalism.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM

But…but…but we’re going to have a ‘green’ economy. It will be run entirely on carbon-free unicorn farts. Why just the other day, Barney Frank showed us how.

GarandFan on August 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM

I can only conclude that Obama isn’t concerned as much about a second term as he is with doing as much damage as he possible can in one term.

dirtseller on August 10, 2011 at 9:31 AM

I concluded some time ago that Obama was actually a true believer in his agenda, and less interested in being re-elected than in pushing forward his goals. It’s the only positive thing I can say about him. I wish we could get a conservative president with the same ethic.

samuelrylander on August 10, 2011 at 12:37 PM

If another country did this we’d consider it an act of war.

Akzed on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Pol Pot’s policies created a wonderful life for everyone in Cambodia, too. Has he run this by Sen. Baucus, cuz MT has some big coal mines, too. On the home front, I’m going to cut more fire wood.

Kissmygrits on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I’m for forcing the bastions of liberal stupidity (mostly on the two left coasts) to live on windmill, solar, and their own methane emissions to power their home’s electricity and their automobiles fuel.

Want to hear them howl and scream when the A/C or heat don’t work? They’ll be begging for fossil fuels.

iamsaved on August 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

If another country did this we’d consider it an act of war.

Akzed on August 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Yesterday Rush asked a simple question: if you wanted to destroy the US economy, what would you do that is different from what the Bamster is doing?

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

“Let’s just face it. Obama is purposely destroying America. It’s horrifying to watch him do it with impunity and with no opposition.”–And many of these same Americans who will lose their jobs will vote for him agains. They are just that stupid.

WarEagle01 on August 10, 2011 at 2:14 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Raise unemployment Comp. to $2,000 a week?

Have a program to pay your mortgage for a few years if you lose your job.

Keep card check as an active threat.

BTW, a black guy who is a lib I was talking to a few hours ago mentioned two of the above programs. Namely, the program Maryland has to help you keep your home if you lose your job. Pays up to $50,000! (At this point I develop a facial tic) I said it was nuts and people should get money but find a job if they can work. He said children suffer. Real estate values go down. Sweden has a program like it and has no problems.

What do you say?

IlikedAUH2O on August 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

The top 3 coal producing states are:
1.WY 2.WV 3.KY
All three voted for McCain.
However, the UMWA endorsed Obama. I doubt the rank and file from those states followed orders.
Of course, we were told that those states were racists. Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with coal ( or guns).

humdinger on August 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM

The executive branch HAS USURPED TOO MUCH POWER. These kind of things should be decided the proper way, by enacting (or voting against) bills originating in Congress.

This administration is destroying our economy and our way of life BY FIAT. The power to regulate has been abused to the utmost; the same can be said of executive orders.

We need lawsuit after lawsuit; let the SCOTUS put an end to this imbalance of the Constitutionally created branches of government.

hillbillyjim on August 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

The GOP really needs to create ads going after Obama created job losses- none of which can be blamed on Bush.

Buy Danish on August 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

The GOP really needs to create ads going after Obama created job losses- none of which can be blamed on Bush.

Buy Danish on August 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Indeed. If it is left to the MSM, most folks will have no idea how far this president has gone in the destruction of jobs, businesses, and our standard of living.

The newly unveiled regulations for commercial haulers will unquestionably cause the price of EVERYTHING to skyrocket at a time when most are living from paycheck to paycheck if they are lucky enough to have a job at all.

The hits just keep coming. There’s no way that this is not by design. There’s just too much evidence to the contrary.

hillbillyjim on August 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Folks this is not just an attack on an isolated industry. It is an assault on everyone who uses electricity in any form. The low electric rates in Ky. were the deciding factor for Toyota to locate a plant in Georgetown creating 7.000 high paying jobs and producing the best selling car in the U.S.The liberal northeast states have no such resources and want to steal or destroy the energy rich states while they live in anthill cities riding their subways and trains paid for taxes on others and gasoline taxes designed to build roads.The EPA is creating a police state with their phony science and are all about redistributing the wealth.It is true that their phony “green” initiatives are destroying the home building industry and quietly destroying homeowners, Have you got your fluorescent light bulbs yet? That’s just the tip of the iceberg!Obama is using the EPA to destroy the country in order to reward his communist followers, and unions like the U.A.W.

Marco on August 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Of course the conservatives in the camps will be forced to mine the coal as part of their re-education.

Disturb the Universe on August 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Only if those conservatives are not among the unfortunate 25,000,000 deemed not re-educatable and so killed. Or at least that was the plan in the 70′s – maybe the radical liberals have had a change of heart in the interviening decades… Ya think?

Friendly21 on August 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Ok, think a moment. Why WOULD Obama be implementing a Cloward and Pivens strategy? Is it because he intends to overwhelm our institutions and bring the nation to riots and deaths from which his cronies can pick up the pieces with a strong man government?

He is setting up America for Greek, Spanish, British riots so that people will be a strong man to step in and take over with a dictatorship.

{^_^}

herself on August 11, 2011 at 5:27 AM