Terry McAuliffe needs a little more time to think about the EPA’s new coal regs, if you don’t mind

posted at 7:21 pm on September 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration moved forward with much-anticipated emissions regulations on Friday, requiring any new coal plants to cut down on their emissions levels to a degree that will necessitate expensive carbon capture and storage technology — which just so happens to be so prohibitively costly that there are no commercial coal-fired plants actually using it right now. (This round of regulations is really just the warmup act, by the way, for the regulations the Obama administration hopes to introduce next year requiring new and existing coal plants to meet their selected standards — meaning current plants will either need to aggressively retrofit their operations or call it quits.) Via the AP:

Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and from Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.

The proposal, which sets the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants, would help reshape where Americans get electricity, moving from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. It’s also a key step in President Barack Obama’s global warming plans, because it would help end what he called “the limitless dumping of carbon pollution” from power plants.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy said in a speech Friday morning to announce the proposal that, rather than damage an industry, the proposed regulations would help the industry to grow.

Yeah, try telling that to the coal industry, which is in an almighty uproar over their line of work getting picked to be the sacrificial lamb on the altar of President Obama’s climate-change agenda.

In Virginia, however, the national party leader’s domestic agenda is making rather an uncomfortable situation for the Democrat running for governor. National Journal explains:

The state’s southwest is coal-mining country, and many Virginians rely on coal plants to keep the lights on. While Democrats in other coal states have distanced themselves from the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement, so far McAuliffe has been mostly keeping quiet. Don’t be fooled though. As National Journal‘s Coral Davenport reported, this is an extremely important if uncomfortable time for the Old Dominion Democrat. …

Cuccinelli has been quick to pounce on the tension in McAuliffe’s position. “I find it remarkable and irresponsible that during a time of prolonged economic uncertainty, the president of the United States is proposing a policy that will crush Virginia jobs and hike energy prices for businesses, families, and workers,” Cuccinelli wrote in a statement moments after Obama’s new regulations were announced. “The needs of our job creators and families are much more important than special-interest groups and radical environmentalists. It’s disappointing that the president and Terry McAuliffe either don’t understand that or don’t seem to care.”

McAuliffe’s campaign broke its radio silence Friday, releasing a cautious statement saying, “He looks forward to further reviewing the president’s proposed rules.”

While plenty of the more moderate, purplish voters of Virginia are vaguely fine with President Obama’s climate-change agenda and Cuccinelli may have some vulnerabilities there too, the state is home to some major energy interests. That means that McAuliffe is going to have to walk a fine line on his penchant for flip-flopping on the issue — especially given that the race’s momentum seems to be on Cuccinelli’s side right now.


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Sounds like FOB McAuliffe is waiting on protection money….

The Chicago Way.

viking01 on September 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

The policy makers keep pushing their climate change agenda, in spite of mounting evidence that their dire predictions are way off the mark.

http://www.climatedepot.com/

It shows how little understanding of actual science there is in the government.

backwoods conservative on September 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Poor Terry, he is about to learn the hard way that Obama does not care about him winning an election in Virginia. He has the Whole Earth to save!

rockmom on September 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

This article is for all of you fools that think Obama is in over his head.

faraway on September 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I also can’t wait to hear what Bobby Casey has to say about these new rules. Despite the fracking boom, western Pennsylvania still produces a lot of coal and most of the power in the Philadelphia area comes from coal-fired plants. Pat Toomey ought to be able to make some good commercials on this as well.

rockmom on September 20, 2013 at 7:31 PM

At the online WSJ Kim Strassel has a great column about how an aggressive PAC is beating McAuliffe at his sleazy game.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324492604579085573401677650.html

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

At what point will the eagle eye media go Sarah Palin on McAuliffe for his total lack of knowledge on the major (and in Palins’ case the minor and even obscure) issues? I mean, I’d like to know what newspapers he reads, if any.

parke on September 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM

…the other guy has to be TERRIBLE!

KOOLAID2 on September 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Coal on his face, turkey!

Schadenfreude on September 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The groups that own coal plants should cash in their chips and close the doors tomorrow.The fight is over unless they spend millions fighting it in court or upgrading.Make their senators and congressmen do something for a change.Shut the power off and give everyone a taste of what’s coming.See who screams the loudest.

docflash on September 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

The policy makers keep pushing their climate change agenda, in spite of mounting evidence that their dire predictions are way off the mark.

http://www.climatedepot.com/

It shows how little understanding of actual science there is in the government.

backwoods conservative on September 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I expect that decades from now the proggies will still be clinging to their global warming conjob. It’s all they have to push socialism in the energy business and it’s an enormous source of both pork and tribute.

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

The perfect candidate for empty-headed clueless libtards.
If only he was a minority and had previously been a pro wrestler and porn actor….

dentarthurdent on September 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I expect that decades from now the proggies will still be clinging to their global warming conjob. It’s all they have to push socialism in the energy business and it’s an enormous source of both pork and tribute.

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

A few have already jumped back on the new global ice age bandwagon.
They’ll just keep jumping back and forth between bandwagons of whatever impending (man-made) catastrophe they can manufacture from the latest data.

dentarthurdent on September 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM

VA is blue, not purple. The suburbs of DC have screwed over that state.

When the Dems get VA and TX (that is the next battle), the USA is done.

ladyingray on September 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Shut the power off and give everyone a taste of what’s coming.See who screams the loudest.

docflash on September 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

At that point, Emperor Narcissus would be “forced” nationalize the coal industry.

For the “public good”, you know.

oldleprechaun on September 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM

At the online WSJ Kim Strassel has a great column about how an aggressive PAC is beating McAuliffe at his sleazy game.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324492604579085573401677650.html

onlineanalyst on September 20, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Yes please – thank you for this!

22044 on September 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

There’s a lot of blue government OBAMA dependents in populous Northern Virginia who don’t care how much their energy costs going up. They are making plenty of ‘feeding at the trough’ moolah, and don’t worry much about the workers in the rest of the state…and neither does Terry.

Pass the popcorn.

marybel on September 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

The latest McAuliffe ad presents an obstetrician who declares that Mr. Cuccinelli would “make all abortion illegal.”

Really? Cuccinelli, as Governor of Virginia, would have the ability to unilaterally overrule the long-established federal precedent of Roe v. Wade? Impressive. I wonder what other magical powers he’ll have.

Nothing like outright lying to push your POS candidate, eh Dims?

I hope this FFT PAC has some serious money behind it. McAuliffe is as dirty as they come, and Virginia deserves better.

AZCoyote on September 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Obama and McAuliffe are first class acts…er…assssholes.

Sherman1864 on September 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Every single thing McAuliffe has every involved himself in has been shady at best, from the foreign fundraising for Clinton and the DNC to the WorldCom collapse to his current “green car” visa scam.

If Virginia elects this corrupt jerk, no matter how “purple” it has become, it is truly a death knell for civilization as we know it. We’re done, it’s over.

Adjoran on September 20, 2013 at 8:58 PM

McAuliffe will say that he was for/against coal before he was for/against it.

You know, taking a FIRM stand.

GarandFan on September 20, 2013 at 9:17 PM

While plenty of the more moderate, purplish voters of Virginia…

read the Washington Post and take their word verbatim, it should be easy to fool them into voting for McCauliffe. All he needs to do is vote present and keep his mouth shut for about 6 more weeks.

Fleuries on September 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM

As long as he’s NOT the governor of Virginia, I don’t care ….. he can take all the time he wants.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Hey Virginia voters do you want jobs and electricity or another extremist democrat McAuliffe, is in with other radical dems on killing all jobs in the coal industry for the global warming FRAUD.

sniffles1999 on September 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Do people have any concept of the fact that the US gets fully FORTY PERCENT of its electricity from coal. There literally IS NO REPLACING that. Period. You cannot build enough solar farms or wind turbines to produce that kind of power. At least not in my lifetime. Nevermind that another 20% – nuclear – is aging quickly. I don’t even think you could replace the 40% from coal with natural gas without straining the supply and forcing prices higher.

This is the dumbest artificial interference in the market EVER.

deadrody on September 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I’ll bet he decides to come out on the I’m for clean air and water side. This is their fall back final red line position for all things agw, just like getting health care for 30M uninsured Americans is the red line for ocare.

Kissmygrits on September 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Another problem with the new source performance standards for “new” coal fired plants is that when existing plant are substantially modified, they are interpreted as having to meet new source performance standards. Thus, you could see a situation where existing plants that need substantial overhaul have to in effect shut down because the new source performance standard is actually unachieveable economically. So, the owner instead of doing the substantial overhaul needed either does band-aids that impact reliability and safety or they shut the whole thing down before it time.

KW64 on September 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Partly OT, but just saw on Fox that T. Boone Pickens has dropped off the richest 400 list, from a billionaire to a millionaire, due to his losses in the wind energy business. Being green bit him in the backside, really hard. Heh.

http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/09/16/not-so-green-energy-t-boone-pickens-dropped-%E2%80%98forbes-400%E2%80%99-richest-americans-list-because

iurockhead on September 21, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I hope the bus is wearing snow chains when the prog puppeteers throw him under it.

S. D. on September 22, 2013 at 12:01 AM

So the coal-miners will not have to worry about whether or not they will get waivers from Obamacare regulations because their members will not have jobs at all.

To be fair to Obama, he did pretty much declare in his original campaign that he wanted to put the coal industry out of business, so the real fools are those who elected him knowing that.

McCauliffe is an old-school Clinton fraud and we have to hope that Virginia voters have no time for his chicanery when their economic future is at stake.

virgo on September 22, 2013 at 1:01 AM