Imaginary war on coal claims more non-imaginary victims

posted at 11:01 am on July 14, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

So there is no “war on coal” taking place under the Obama administration. We know this because we have it straight from the horse’s mouth. And without a war, you don’t really wind up with any casualties, do you? So as we close out the week, let’s do a quick re-cap of all the non-victims and all of their non-injuries.

Let’s start off in the Keystone State

WSJ: FirstEnergy to Deactivate Two Coal Plants, Citing Environmental Regulation Costs

FirstEnergy Corp. (FE) unveiled plans to deactivate two coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania, citing the cost of compliance with current and future environmental regulations, along with a continued low market price for electricity.

On Tuesday, it said the Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Masontown, Pa., and Mitchell Power Station in Courtney, Pa., will be deactivated by Oct. 9. The total capacity of the plants is 2,080 megawatts, representing about 10% of the company’s total generating capacity, and about 30% of the estimated $925 million cost to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

FirstEnergy said about 380 plant employees and generation-related positions are expected to be affected. The company has 16,495 employees, according to FactSet.

Next up, Ohio

Ohio Power Plants Respond To New Regulations

Coal producers see a gloomy future.

“It’s gonna hurt the United States, because it will drive up our electric costs. Our manufacturing will not be competitive,” says Chuck Ungarean, president of Oxford Resources, which runs 17 coal mines in Ohio.

“The price of electricity will definitely go up 30, 40, 50 percent, and that’s just a wild guess,” Ungarean says.

Just how much the price of electricity will fluctuate will depend on new expenditures power plants that continue to emit carbon would have to pay… something the President alluded to last week.

What hits closest to home for coal companies and miners though is jobs. Three thousand people work in coal production in Ohio. And those jobs are at risk if power companies switch from coal to other power sources.

Meanwhile, in Montana…

White House has coal country on the defensive

The proposal, with its emphasis on cuts in carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, would put facilities like the 2,100-megawatt Colstrip electricity plant in eastern Montana in regulators’ cross hairs.

That has profound spinoff implications for the massive strip mines that dot the surrounding arid landscape of the Powder River Basin and provide the bulk of the nation’s coal.

Montana’s sole member of the U.S. House of Representatives bluntly declared that the administration had decided to “pick winners and losers” in the energy sector with its plan. “He wants to move toward shutting down the coal industry,” Republican Rep. Steve Daines said of the president.

Prices are going up in the Bluegrass State

Kentucky Official warns of higher energy prices under Obama’s plan

Kentucky’s top energy official told a legislative committee Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s climate change policy could increase electricity prices significantly and hurt the state’s coal and manufacturing industries.

Many legislators at Tuesday’s Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment said they believe Obama unfairly targets the coal industry in his policy to battle climate change and questioned whether it was necessary to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

“We’re not blind. We know there is a war on coal,” said Rep. Fitz Steele, D-Hazard. “There has been climate change since the beginning of time … There is not but one fellow that can control it … It’s going to change no matter what.”

So there you have it. Move along. Nothing to see here. No war on coal. Nope.

Rising prices, plants closing because they can’t afford to keep running until their scheduled upgrades to other fuel sources, jobs going away, costs going up. If this is the “all of the above” energy policy we were promised during the last presidential campaign, I’m glad Barack Obama didn’t really go green on us.


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we are all victims!

KOOLAID2 on July 14, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Rising prices, plants closing because they can’t afford to keep running until their scheduled upgrades to other fuel sources, jobs going away, costs going up. If this is the “all of the above” energy policy we were promised during the last presidential campaign, I’m glad Barack Obama didn’t really go green on us.

…if you have ANY money left…JugEars will get it!

KOOLAID2 on July 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

…ok!…I’m going for a walk!

KOOLAID2 on July 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

…28 yesterday…was enough!

KOOLAID2 on July 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Stop obozo’s man-made contingency operation on coal.

Flange on July 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

It ws apparent to me that things would get very bad for our country if Obummer was re-elected. Imagine my surprise when it turns out ……………………..that it is worse than I could ever have imagined. How bad is it? Even Libs are starting to get nervous about him.

Herb on July 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

the electric companies are not the victims here either. Many will use the news to shut old outdated plants and like enron make “shortages” appear so they can drive up the costs per watt. Of course they shouldn’t operate plants at a loss but they also will close down plants that don’t need to be closed so they can drive up prices.

oh btw Electric companies are to the dems as the oil companies are to the GOP. Obama’s plans are designed to drive up costs to consumers so the CONeds of the world can make record profits.

coal companies and consumers are the real victims here. electric companies not so much.

unseen on July 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

When will Coal workers and other workers in heavy industry sectors stop blindly supporting the very same Democrat politicians who are voting to eliminate their jobs???

EasyEight on July 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Stock tip-candles and hand held fan company’s.

docflash on July 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

It turned me into a newt!

I got better.

trs on July 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

This ain’t red meat. It’s coddled eggs.

Just saying. There’s a lot out there.

And you’re stomping on Erika’s toes.

wolly4321 on July 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

The coal fired power plants ARE NOT being shutdown due to new EPA regulations. There is no war on coal!

It is all due to the Republicans’ sequestration. Just ask Jay Carney.

/sarc

JohnFLob on July 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

What will it cost to drive your Tesla or Leaf?

It pays to go with the latest trends./

FOWG1 on July 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Gru has his minions………and so does the DOTUS!

The EPA, FTC, SEC, DOE, DOJ, OSHA, FERC, and assorted others.

Their mission: Restrict, regulate and terminate those businesses (or individuals) that don’t fit into the “greater good”………

….as prescribed by the Progressive Ruling class in DC.

PappyD61 on July 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM

But it is completely conservative to treat everyone the same. Coal plants MUST be treated the same as natural gas plants and thus must emit the same level of CO2 as the other plants.
How do I know? Because adding regulations in Texas is a conservative endeavor, just ask the clique that resides around here.

astonerii on July 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Any companies affected that serve Washington should start rolling brownouts and the occasional blackout of the city.

Liam on July 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

By the way…….out here in Possum Holler aka “Flyover Country”…

While electric prices go up so do FOOD prices. I know, I know since we don’t have official inflation anymore there are no rising prices but…..

The local WalMart is becoming just a “Great Value” store. More and more items are showing up on the shelves and the price difference with the Frito-Lays of the world are dramatic. Some of the store brand items are a dollar or two cheaper than their big shiny national brand.

So why is the nations largest retailer becoming more and more like a commodity warehouse? Is the market dictating that…..and if so……what does that say about the economy, and where it’s going?

PappyD61 on July 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Ohh boy, those states are going to own it now.

jake49 on July 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

KOOLAID2
28 huh, well I’m gonna have to get up early one day to top that……..

I live near a coal fired plant in Ohio, the one that started the outage a few years ago, they are supposed to change over too natural gas, ppl are very worried about prices and job security ……………..

angrymike on July 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

So why is the nations largest retailer becoming more and more like a commodity warehouse? Is the market dictating that…..and if so……what does that say about the economy, and where it’s going?

PappyD61 on July 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

*frowns*

That…is not a good sign.

MelonCollie on July 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I’m supposed to feel bad about this?

The hell with these states that voted for Obama knowing full well what he was going to do. These union workers marching like sheep do.

I hope they shut Ohio coal mining down. Period. You deserve it.

Moesart on July 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system punitive EPA regulations, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Pres. Obama, June, 2009.

The poor and children hardest hit.

Why does Obama hate the poor and children?

locomotivebreath1901 on July 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Why does Obama hate union workers, I’m guessing these people all belong to the United Mineworkers Union.

bflat879 on July 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Not to mention all the coal company stock that retired investors hold because of the dividends, less than half of what they were 5 years ago, partially global economy, but partially Obama’s admin. Oh wait, the global economy has been affected by Obama’s handling of the US economy.

hestrold on July 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system punitive EPA regulations, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Pres. Obama, June, 2009.

The poor and children hardest hit.

Why does Obama hate the poor and children?

locomotivebreath1901 on July 14, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Why does Obama hate union workers, I’m guessing these people all belong to the United Mineworkers Union.

bflat879 on July 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

The One is channeling both Khan and John Gill. A would-be tyrant and a decidedly misguided academic allowed to run loose in a society he saw as requiring “efficiency”.

“We offered the world order!”

This world can be a Paradise- If we are willing to pay the price!

When a leader- any leader- says anything similar to either of thes two statements, a smart man or woman reacts precisely the same way they do when a leader says that something is “for the greater good“.

They head for the nearest exit. Fast.

The One is obsessed with a vision of Utopia. The consequences for the “common herd” are irrelevant to him, and his like-minded progressive supporters. They are out to create Heaven on Earth, just like every other crop of socialists for the last 2500 years (going back to ancient Athens), and simply do not care who else gets hurt, as long as they can claim victory and have total control.

They like JFK’s quote of

Other people look at things as they are, and ask “Why”? I look at things as they could be, and ask “Why not”?

But they do not interpret it correctly. Say what you like about JFK’s personal failings, he did not believe that our civilization was evil, deserved to be destroyed, or could be replaced by a socialist primitivist Utopian feudality. Rather, he recognized that as the end result of the labors of Castro, Khrushchev, and their ilk, and knew it would be bad for humanity.

The One and company think the only thing wrong with C & K’s worldview was that it wasn’t primitive enough. They look for a “kinder, gentler” way of imposing a Bronze Age culture (with themselves in charge, forever and ever) on the world.

Sorry to state. You can’t get there from here.

What you get will look a lot more like the middle of Alexander Korda’s Things to Come (1936), except minus Wings Over The World. Meaning, no “super-science”, not even the socialist sort, to save you.

Just brutality, superstition, primitivism, cold, starvation, and never ending darkness.

They think they’ll have their castles, and tech toys, because they do not understand the way a civilization works.

By the time they figure it out, it will be entirely too late for everyone else.

Just like The Boss.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Other people look at things as they are, and ask “Why”? I look at things as they could be, and ask “Why not”?

JFK’s brother, RFK, said that. And, he was engaging in some loony dreaming.

Quartermaster on July 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I wonder what would happen if we all simply refused to knuckle under to all of the decrees from the White House? Why did all the schools fall all over themselves to institute the first Mooch’s ideas for school lunches? She isn’t anybody and has no power to enact law for the nation. Here’s a perfect example of all of us little nobodies needing to get elected to our local school boards and putting a stop to this nonsense. Same with the President…..if he hasn’t run it thru Congress and received their okay then we are not required to jump thru hoops to do anything that he wants if it has not been enacted as a law. It’s time for a full-blown rebellion of the sheeple in this country. Who’s ready to rumble???

MONACO1121 on July 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

We know this because we have it straight from the horse’s mouth.

The horse’s mouth?

Wrong end of the horse.

bgoldman on July 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I don’t know, did we need a Declaration of War from the GOP, to justify the “War on Women”? I’m pretty sure the GOP would have said, if the media had cared to get this statement, “We are not at war with Women”. (I’m pretty sure the Pubs had no war room with women figurines on a table.)

Thus the only reason we should accept that the GOP had a War on Women and that Obama doesn’t have a War on Coal (and you’re a wingnut for suggesting it!!) is that you can trust Obama.

I’m quite sure that those who want to trust Obama, can find a case to trust Obama. But any proposition can be answered by suggesting that you never should have believed anything other in the first place.

So, I’d have to say you are correct, it’s the “woman casualties” that made the “war”. Anything other and libs are just special pleading to be able to use hyperbole.

Axeman on July 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM