Oh, rapture: Obama administration to release regs on existing power plants next month

posted at 7:01 pm on May 17, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The steady trickle of irksomely fustian yet relatively measly climate-change-related regulations, executive orders, grandiose speeches, and frightening studies the Obama administration has been releasing in recent months to quell environmentalist anger have all been leading up to this: The big one.

The EPA will launch the most dramatic anti-pollution regulation in a generation early next month, a sweeping crackdown on carbon that offers President Barack Obama his last real shot at a legacy on climate change — while causing significant political peril for red-state Democrats.

The move could produce a dramatic makeover of the power industry, shifting it away from coal-burning plants toward natural gas, solar and wind. While this is the big move environmentalists have been yearning for, it also has major political implications in November for a president already under fire for what the GOP is branding a job-killing “War on Coal,” and promises to be an election issue in energy-producing states such as West Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana.

The EPA’s proposed rule is aimed at scaling back carbon emissions from existing power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gases. It’s scheduled for a public rollout June 2, after months of efforts by the administration to publicize the mounting scientific evidence that rising seas, melting glaciers and worsening storms pose a danger to human society.

“This rule is the most significant climate action this administration will take,” said Kyle Aarons at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, one of a host of groups awaiting the rule’s release.

As Politico notes, the timing of this long-planned release isn’t liable to be very helpful for a slew of vulnerable red-state Democrats, and they along with Republicans are going to be touting the shuttered power plants, lost jobs, economic shrinkage, and expensive (some might say, “necessarily skyrocketing“) energy prices that are likely to come from this move for all they’re worth.

And while the Obama administration is looking to this crackdown on existing coal plants as the highest achievement of its climate-change legacy, never fear, greenies: Administration officials are going to keep eagerly occupying themselves with churning out more of those little economically damaging yet, global-warming-wise, ineffectual show maneuvers until the clock runs out, oh joy:

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are racing to churn out new regulations before the clock runs out on President Obama’s term.

The activity is evidence that Obama’s push to combat global warming with regulation has entered a critical phase, with officials hammering out the details of rules that carry major implications for the environment and the economy. …

The power plants rule has attracted more attention that perhaps any other Obama administration regulation. Industry and green groups have flocked to the White House in hopes of shaping the proposal, slated to be unveiled early next month.

Meanwhile, the administration has convened meetings on agency proposals for regulations involving oil refineries, the renewable fuel standard and a final rule revising regulations for the disposal of solid waste.


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Super – this will be so good for the Pryors, Bechich’ and Landrieus, etc.

Go obama!

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Begiches…and assorted rats in red states.

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Obama can leave NO legacy on climate change, because everyone including slobberals know he’s full of crap.

And, PLUS one that this isn’t a Jazz Shaw post.

Diluculo on May 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

One of the first priorities of any new Republican president–reverse all of this, then go to congress and rewrite the laws to dramatically restrict the power of the EPA, if not eliminate it entirely.

Doc Holliday on May 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

According to the Lexington KY Herald newspaper, Obama is not waging a war against coal, that’s just happening because Natural Gas prices are so cheap right now. Nothing to do with Obama and his policies or past statements. Right……

Johnnyreb on May 17, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Doc Holliday on May 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

+++++

pambi on May 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Nothing like using the power of government to force your agenda on people.

Electricity will sky rocket. At least Obama wasn’t lying about that.

darwin on May 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

One of the first priorities of any new Republican president–reverse all of this, then go to congress and rewrite the laws to dramatically restrict the power of the EPA, if not eliminate it entirely.

Doc Holliday on May 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

you are killing me sir. :)

Haven’t seen any indication from our current crop of gutless, nutless wonders that they would reverse course dramatically.

Reading this article just astounds me that one man can use an agency founded with good intentions to completely upend our power supplies. And that sissy Obama doesn’t know shit from shinola yet he sure thinks he does.

arnold ziffel on May 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

squeezing the life ( wealth ) out of the middle class from all directions

Doyle Hargrave on May 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Well, the middle class and Marxism don’t mix well.

It’s obvious that one of Obama’s goals is the destruction of the middle class.

darwin on May 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

When the left gets finished they’ll be super rich, super powerful and most of us will be much poorer or dead.

I feel sorry for today’s kids. They have no idea what’s in store.

darwin on May 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Carbon is EVIL, give me all your diamonds!

astonerii on May 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Meanwhile, the administration has convened meetings on agency proposals for regulations involving oil refineries, the renewable fuel standard and a final rule revising regulations for the disposal of solid waste.

Like zero’s administration?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Doc Holliday on May 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Welcome back, Doc!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Carbon is EVIL, give me all your diamonds!

astonerii on May 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Comment of the Day™

Steve Eggleston on May 17, 2014 at 7:22 PM

The science is settled.

Akzed on May 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM

The robotic GigaGovernment inertia continues, and the giant steaming heap rolls on, unchecked and in this case spurred on by an unending desire for more crony cash via control of Everything.

The VA has been screwed for decades, ask any Vietnam Vet, should have been a voucher program 30 years ago. This Federal “government” is such a cancer, every growing, controlling more, demanding no TAKING more resources, it’s on auto-pilot, pre-programmed and beyond the power of any Congress to “oversee”.

But NOT beyond the power of an Executive to put on AFTERBURNERS. In pursuit of power, sheer power and control.

Think Stalin and the Apparatchicks. That’s where we are.

My $0.02. Trending to $0.000002.

Who is John Galt on May 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

If something the Feds do curtails or restrains Trucking, which operates on small margins, the cities starve and the economy collapses.

Food riots, etc. in 3-5 days in every major city. Which of course requires “emergency powers” for “the duration”.

Consider this carefully, folks.

Including the folks in D.C.

Who is John Galt on May 17, 2014 at 7:41 PM

you are killing me sir. :)

Haven’t seen any indication from our current crop of gutless, nutless wonders that they would reverse course dramatically.

arnold ziffel on May 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Yep. The idea that the Vichy GOP slimebags would ever lift a finger to either try to stop any of this or, even more unbelievably, reverse it, is almost laughable. I bet the GOP slime are looking into jumping in front of Barky and bringing up their own “comprehensive global warming reform”.

The American Constitutional Republic breathed its last breath a few years ago. There’s nothing left, now, but this despicable American Socialist Superstate. Sad, but true.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Welcome back, Doc!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Howdy!

Doc Holliday on May 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

He needs to shut the power off before he unleashes his domestic army against us.

Key West Reader on May 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

He needs to shut the power off before he unleashes his domestic army against us.

Key West Reader on May 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Yeah, millions of rounds of hollowpoint ammunition which is illegal to use in international combat. Hmm, where do you figure they might be used? It also has taken a huge percentage off the civilian market via Federal purchases.

Hmm, two birds with one stone?

They have plans, and some of us aren’t going to like them. The way things are going (falling apart), I expect some kind of “Emergency Proclamation” around, or after, the 2016 de-Throning. Long Live The King!

Who is John Galt on May 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

He needs to shut the power off before he unleashes his domestic army against us.

Key West Reader on May 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

You’re growing CROPS? USDA!!! Up against the wall!” Rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat .40 caliber.

Who is John Galt on May 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

They have plans, and some of us aren’t going to like them. The way things are going (falling apart), I expect some kind of “Emergency Proclamation” around, or after, the 2016 de-Throning. Long Live The King!

Who is John Galt on May 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

In times like these, I thank God and our Founding Fathers for the 2nd Amendment. Obama might think America is the South Side of Chicago, but he is sorely mistaken.

Key West Reader on May 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

He needs to shut the power off before he unleashes his domestic army against us.

Key West Reader on May 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

…well they are buying a lot of ammo!

KOOLAID2 on May 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Obama might think America is the South Side of Chicago, but he is sorely mistaken.

Key West Reader on May 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

He thinks it in only one way, armed to the teeth. He fails where he thinks he can make a speech and cut a deal.

This is no longer about Obama, he just shines the light of clarity on a Federal Beast that is on autopilot, drilling deeper into our lives, trying to regulate everything.

Obama just exposes the mess by his excessive use of the Beast…the Beast has been there for decades he has merely Unleashed it.

“Merely”. “Unleashed”.

Beware the Kraken!

Who is John Galt on May 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Obama’s War on Economic Development.

BuckeyeSam on May 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

“As Politico notes, the timing of this long-planned release isn’t liable to be very helpful for a slew of vulnerable red-state Democrats, and they along with Republicans are going to be touting the shuttered power plants, lost jobs, economic shrinkage, and expensive (some might say, “necessarily skyrocketing“) energy prices that are likely to come from this move for all they’re worth.”

And with the Enemedia we have, all these protestations will not be heard by most of the American Sheeple.

bigGwillie on May 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

And with the Enemedia we have,

Nice phrase,

igGwillie on May 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Who is John Galt on May 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Ripe for harvest.

Murphy9 on May 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

A 747 jet, like the one Mr. Obama rides on his vacations to Hawaii, consume about 5 gallons of jet fuel per mile. Each gallon of jet fuel is about 7 lb weight. Oxidation of the fuel in the combustion process produces a large amount of carbon dioxide gas. So, for each mile a 747 travels, about 35 lb of fuel are consumed and approximately 130 lbs of carbon dioxide are produced. The distance from Washington to Hawaii is approximately 4800 miles. The carbon loading of the atmosphere each time Mr. Obama goes to Hawaii is about 625,000 lbs. Each way. This doesn’t include other aircraft that accompany AF1 on the trip. Well over one million pounds of carbon dioxide each time Mr. Obama wants to surf in the Aloha state.

Is Mr. Obama correct about our need to be concerned about our emissions of carbon dioxide – a known GHG? Yes, with great confidence. (And just about the ONLY thing he’s correct about.)

Does Mr. Obama have any credibility with regard to his concern about emissions of GHG? Not, with great confidence.

oakland on May 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I am not suggesting anything here, but do you know why the 2nd Amendment is in the bill of rights. When Government tries to stamp out liberty, they must be removed and that amendment insures the means to do so.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on May 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Republicans should campaign on a simple platform this midterm: if you don’t give us serious control of the House AND Senate, The Won will succeed in his plan to destroy America.
Let the media mock you, use that mocking against them by maintaining a steady pressure of reasoning without yelling, point out what it will mean to real people. Print out accurate quotes from the environuts with full ID and ask “What’s this gonna cost YOU?”

Then, when the Dems win, let’s all move to Belize.

Tard on May 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Obama continues to destroy the country and the band plays on.

alanstern on May 17, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Is Mr. Obama correct about our need to be concerned about our emissions of carbon dioxide – a known GHG?

The SCIENCE isn’t settled on that you sniveling coward.

Murphy9 on May 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Is this enough to make Manchin jump ship yet?

COgirl on May 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

I hope the Republicans are taking notes on how the Democrats believe things should go. I can remember the whiners, during the Bush Administration, now we have the Silence of the Lambs. I hope they understand how much power they’re giving up to the Executive Branch.

In the old days, it didn’t make any difference which party held the Presidency, Congress maintained their prerogatives. Now, the Democrats are willing to give it all up. Bring back some people will principles. (Not necessarily this batch of Republicans either).

bflat879 on May 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM

King Barack has got to hurry. Only 2 years left to tank the economy.

GarandFan on May 18, 2014 at 12:19 AM

The left will love it when all the power comes from natural gas, solar and wind because it will be too expensive to use for manufacturing by those evil smoke belching employersexcuse me exploiters of the middle class. They will also love it when there are no more refineries for petroleum products like gasoline diesel fuel etc. We can walk to work and wear coveralls to stay warm in our cold homes. Die Youngexcuse me get back to nature!

KW64 on May 18, 2014 at 12:21 AM

I don’t think we will be going back to the stone age in the next three years. The Obama administration will go down in history as the most expensive administration in the history of the nation, with the crappiest economy in history.

Sure. Kill cheap power. Kill jobs. Kill entrepreneur incentives. That will kill the Democrat Party whose stupid moves have put us into a permanent recession with no prospect of things getting better.

koolbob on May 18, 2014 at 1:05 AM

never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Tard on May 18, 2014 at 1:24 AM

The 2nd amendment is the reset button on everything this administration has dumped on us. When the government fears the people, we will have liberty again.

woodhull on May 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM

King Barack has got to hurry. Only 2 years left to tank the economy.

GarandFan on May 18, 2014 at 12:19 AM

He has already done that, he and the left want to make sure that their actions will be almost impossible to reverse they realize that they are losing but not so far that their the results of their actions will be easily reversed. It’s criminal actually and they should be held accountable.

whbates on May 18, 2014 at 8:34 AM

There are several hundred power plants which were scheduled for closure two years ago, more because of age than regs.

The real problem is the number of coal fired plants in certain states affected by the regs, especially states like OH & PA. That is where these regs do affect plants needing to be closed about a decade ahead of lifespan.

Kermit on May 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Just say no.

It would be good to see a Governor just say no. That risks paying a steep price in the long run, but not if D’s are run out of DC. Sue, stall, refuse to submit docs.

Such governors would make a splash, and gain name recognition.

ha_tspc on May 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

squeezing the life ( wealth ) out of the middle class from all directions

Doyle Hargrave on May 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Yes. When everything goes up except for our wages the middle class is doomed. The Government has become our enemy.

magicbeans on May 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM