Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation

posted at 3:05 pm on March 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We get on President Obama’s case for neglecting to keep his campaign promises, so it’s only fair to note when he fulfills them.  In January 2008, Obama promised to bankrupt coal-fired power plants with his new environmental regulations.  Consider this a promise kept:

GenOn Energy Inc. plans to close five of its older coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania over the next four years.

The company, based in Houston, said Wednesday that tough new environmental rules make it unprofitable to operate the plants, which generate a total of 3,140 megawatts of electricity. The plants are in Portland, Shawville, Titus, New Castle and Elrama. Two plants in Ohio and one in New Jersey will also be closed. The company said the timeframes are subject to further review based on market conditions.

The Sierra Club cheered the announcement, of course, claiming it will prevent 179 premature deaths a year.  The Sierra Club is located in San Francisco, California, of course, and not in Pennsylvania, which will have to find some way to replace the production of 3140 megawatts of electricity each year.  The lack of production will make electricity even more expensive in the Rust Belt state where unemployment is 7.7% (about midrange for the US) and rising fuel prices will hammer the middle class already.

As the Obama administration continues its aggressive push to get more electric vehicles on the road — a goal of 1.5 million by 2015, when these plants are going to be shutting down — how exactly do they plan to generate enough electricity to meet current demand, let alone the increased demand as a million or more people plug their cars into the grid?


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This is amazing … against all of his Alinskyite teachings … this man is becoming so fanatical, that even some of his fanatics might start questioning him.

Note, I said “some.”

OhEssYouCowboys on March 1, 2012 at 3:16 PM

And Hitler turned out to be a pi$$ poor general. Tyrants always believe their own propaganda. They usually write it.

2ndMAW68 on March 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

That would be so plants that are too expensive to operate now can come online and we can pay more.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/new-power-plant-runs-only-to-pass-air-quality-tests/article_3664ca78-8258-5302-82a7-8e57e4d03407.html

Russ86 on March 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

The real problem with all the coal plants which will be forced to close across the country – and there will be many, many more – isn’t an immediate cost increase. It is a capacity issue.

Capacity will be stretched, and it will not be so easy as it is now to buy surplus power from another region because there will be much less surplus power. Expect rolling blackouts periodically in many areas if peak usage spikes.

Just one more step in Obama’s Grand Plan to turn the USA into a multicultural version of a 1980s Eastern European country.

Adjoran on March 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

It won’t don on the 52 percent who voted for Obama why their electric rates are so high and the lights and A/C keep going off.

TulsAmerican on March 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Serious question. Can this country recover from Obama’s policies when and/or if he is defeated in November? I fear that he has made so many EO’s and appointed so many radicals that it will require decades before we can get on an even keel. It is going to take someone with a spine of steel to undo the damage he has done to this country.

JannyMc on March 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Well, in anything like a sane world this gives Pennsylvania to the GOP in a landslide, no?

Can a liberal win the White House without Pennsylvania?

Jaibones on March 1, 2012 at 11:51 PM

It is going to take someone with a spine of steel to undo the damage he has done to this country.

JannyMc on March 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Hopefully, Romney will continue and expand his stated platform of reversing O’Bozo’s illegal Executive Orders on Day One.

Jaibones on March 1, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Yeah, it would be nice if he would commit to reversing Romneycare Ooops, Sorry, 0bamacare.

LegendHasIt on March 2, 2012 at 12:02 AM

“As the Obama administration continues its aggressive push to get more electric vehicles on the road — a goal of 1.5 million by 2015, when these plants are going to be shutting down — how exactly do they plan to generate enough electricity to meet current demand, let alone the increased demand as a million or more people plug their cars into the grid?” – Ed

I suspect that enviro-whackos will employ cocaine-fueled mice, rats, and hamsters to power the wheel in garage that will provide some electric generation – until PeTA gets involved. Cruelty to manimals ya know.
BUT! Should the green crowd decide to lose some of that veggie weight, they could put their own treadmill in their own garage and see how long it takes to charge that POS “electric car”.
A TWO-FER!

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM

More red meat for the deciding factor that will bring this agenda driven administration to its knees in November.

That deciding factor will be the Superpac’s.

I have no doubt the volume’s of cataloged material at the ready for their ad campaign’s is so enormous that only money (and the unwillingness of the liberal media) to air such material could prevent a clean and decisive blow to Dear Leader’s efforts to finish the job he has only just begun.

Hornet on March 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

When all of the coal fueled power plants are closed, all of these electric cars that the government wants us to buy will be useless.
Liberals are insane!

CTpatriot on March 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I have lived for 36 years in an economically depressed county (Clearfield) that has many people working at the Shawville (PA) Power Plant. The headline news in the local papers yesterday that the plant was closing sent shock waves through the community. Not only will the local workers be affected but the local coal industry which has traditionally been a huge part of our economy will also.

This is one more blow to a community that has seen most of the manufacturing jobs disappear beginning in the early 80′s and is only now experiencing some relief through the Marcellus Shale boom. No doubt that may soon be slowed down by government regulations and environmental concerns.

We have long lamented the fact that Pennsylvania is RED with the exception of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and a few isolated hot spots around Harrisburg and Erie which outvote us (fraud, Black Panther intimidation and the dead….move along, nothing to see here) time after time. Hopefully some of the die-hard blue voters will recognize what Obama is doing to our country in time for the upcoming election and vote ABO (anyone but Obama).

pipedream on March 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Any well informed democrat that knows obama is doing things like this and killing the keystone pipeline and still supports him, should be taken out and shot.

Heaven help this country if obama gets another 4 years.

cougar on March 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM

As the Obama administration continues its aggressive push to get more electric vehicles on the road — a goal of 1.5 million by 2015, when these plants are going to be shutting down — how exactly do they plan to generate enough electricity to meet current demand, let alone the increased demand as a million or more people plug their cars into the grid?

“Electricity comes from the wall, you fool, everyone knows that.”
Obama administration and science czars.

talkingpoints on March 2, 2012 at 2:37 PM

barryO is going down the list to punish those who didn’t vote for him. I guess Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Lehich, Northumberland, Allegheny, Daughin and Erie counties will be first to get the limited electricity and resources that are left. All the other counties are screwed. They didn’t go for him, no now they must pay.
He’s doing it everywhere.

lonestar1 on March 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I don’t understand why you conservatives are so bent out of shape over this. Pennsylvania should just buy land in states with lots of sunlight — like California, and build solar plants there. In addition, I’m sure Pennsylvania has lots of spare farmland, unsuited for power generation, onto which they could necessarily relocate the desert tortoises which might be affected by Pennsylvania’s remote power generation.

Indeed, increasing the range of the desert tortoise into the snowbelt may be just what’s needed to save it. And, if not, there’s always this.

unclesmrgol on March 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

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