45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

posted at 5:21 pm on May 23, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here:

Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.

New and tighter pollution rules and tough competition from cleaner sources such as natural gas, wind and solar will lead to the closings of dozens of coal-burning plants across 20 states over the next three years. And many of those that stay open will need expensive retrofits.

Because of these and other factors, the Energy Department predicts retail power prices will rise 4 percent on average this year, the biggest increase since 2008. By 2020, prices are expected to climb an additional 13 percent, a forecast that does not include the costs of coming environmental rules.

The Obama administration, state governments and industry are struggling to balance this push for a cleaner environment with the need to keep the grid reliable and prevent prices from rocketing too much higher.

“Tough competition” from wind and solar? …That’s cute. Our egregiously subsidized wind and solar industries account for about 4 percent of our electricity generation and are terribly unreliable (just ask Germany, which has lately had to bring more coal plants online to make up for their faulty renewables), while coal still provides around 40 percent of our electricity and is the most reliable mass source we have. Natural gas is great with its cleaner-burning emissions, coming in with the really stiff competition at around 30 percent, but it has some infrastructural issues that are currently keeping it at second place in terms of reliability. Make no mistake — the Obama administration swooping in with major regs that deeply affect 40 percent of our electricity generation is going to take its economic toll, and 45 senators  — Democrats and Republicans included — would like the Obama administration to step back for a second a perhaps more deeply consider that toll. Via The Hill:

Forty-five senators are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new rules on limiting carbon emissions from power plants. …

The senators are pressuring the EPA to set a 120-day comment period rather than the standard 60-day comment period. That would double the normal allotted for industry, consumers, businesses, and states to give their two cents on the rule.

Fifteen Democrats signed the letter, including the four seen as most vulnerable in the midterm elections: Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Warner (Va), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Mark Begich (Alaska). …

“Affordable, reliable, and redundant sources of electricity are essential to the economic well-being of our states and the quality of life of our constituents,” the letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy said.

“While we all agree that clean air is vitally important, EPA has an obligation to understand the impacts that regulations have on all segments of society,” it said.


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WryTrvllr on May 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Dear EPA,

Please hold off on screwing Americans over until we get reelected. After that … they’re all yours.

Signed,

Worried in D.C.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Higher electricity prices, insurance rates, more taxes, more fees, a carbon tax and fewer jobs all because a bunch college professorial types are sitting around drinking coffee discussing how they can make an impact on the “world”.

Are we going to stand for this crap?

Tater Salad on May 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

These regulations are so good and urgent that they can wait until we get our lavish lifestyle funded for another term.

burrata on May 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I don’t know why they’re worried. When energy costs go through the roof, or most of the country starts having planned blackouts … democrats will do what they always do.

Blame the GOP, the Koch Brothers and Bush.

The public, mostly “educated” by our fine liberal education system will believe it.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

Um, Erika? Shouldn’t that read “upcoming emission standards”? Just say’n…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

The question for Landrieu and the rest is will they support it if re-elected?

Tater Salad on May 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

You know, it’s almost like the Progressives want to destroy the middle class.

MTF on May 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

You would have to melt 9,000 gigatonnes of ice to raise the ocean level 1 inch…

mjbrooks3 on May 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The cost of living necessarily must skyrocket, but not untill the tyrants secure another few years in power.

They hate your guts while blowing smoke up your ass for votes.

Keep voting democrat.

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Um, Erika? Shouldn’t that read “upcoming emission standards”? Just say’n…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

“Incoming” seems more appropriate.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Anybody looked outside lately? Noticed the choking clouds of carbon dioxide polluting the atmosphere?

Me neither.

What a crock this current “clean air” EPA is.
I remember Chicago in the late 50s and 60s; baby, now THERE was some real air pollution. I was 11 years old before I figured out that the sky is not normally greyish brown near the earth, changing abruptly to blue some ways above the horizon.

Dolce Far Niente on May 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM

and tough competition from cleaner sources such as natural gas, wind and solar

“Tough competition” from wind and solar?? LOL. Wind and solar are the most ridiculous types of electrical generation for a grid. They are basically useless, as you need to have a bunch of coal-fired generators waiting to back them up when they fail to deliver the needed electricity … which is, like, almost always.

The “tough competition” is only from the government forcing wind and solar and carrying on with billions of wasted dollars on Solyndra loans and the like.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Sounds like they know they won’t have the consent of the governed. (As with 95% of their other agenda items)

Kataklysmic on May 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

“Incoming” seems more appropriate.

darwin on May 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Judging from the tenor of the *ahem!* unintended consequences, I’ll concede the correctness of that headline. ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM

As Paul Ehrlich would remind us, were he here, we can always start burning our dead for fuel.

Oh wait, they’re already doing that aren’t they.

MTF on May 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

News flash. Energy prices are already increasing, especially in Democrat controlled states in NY where they have added additional taxes.

Democrats have stomped out reliable sources of energy wherever they exist and funded their wind follies all over the country.

A vote for a Democrat is a guarantee they will march in lock step against you- once the election is over, of course.

Marcus Traianus on May 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Maybe the hold-up is the decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, SCOTUS docket #12-1146? Should prove interesting…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Until November 5th and if the donks get shellacked then wait until the first Wednesday November 2016. if the fascist democrats lose again still plenty of time in the lame duck to force rolling blackouts.

jukin3 on May 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

It’s Friday before the unofficial start of summer. Comments are dry.

Oil Can on May 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here:

Does Obama know about it yet or will he be madder than hell when he finds out about it in next week’s newspapers ?

burrata on May 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Hye have we not heard this before? O right, ObamaCare.

LUTZ the dems even know their policies are poison and need to hide it and hope that over time people forget when the next election comes around.

watertown on May 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

If only something could be done about the noxious emissions emanating from Dimocrat senators.

viking01 on May 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

It’s Friday before the unofficial start of summer. Comments are dry.

Oil Can on May 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

in less than an hour, qotd will be up,
then everyone will be ratsoing their wet comments
;-)

burrata on May 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Oh wait, I get it: if you like electricity, you can keep electricity.

MTF on May 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

……asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

So, how many people will die from the cold vs. the heat???

Emissions regulations = loss of power generation

Plain and simple….

And it won’t be a matter of paying more for electricity….

It will be a matter of getting any electricity at all….

It will be rationed, just like healthcare will be…..

Will you be able to survive the last two years of Obama????????

redguy on May 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

So, how many people will die from the cold vs. the heat???

It doesn’t matter, they just want you to die.

Murphy9 on May 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

You have to reelect us to know how high your electric bill will be.

Yankee Doodle on May 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

“While we all agree that clean air is vitally important, EPA has an obligation to understand the impacts that regulations have on all segments of society,” it said.

They fully agree. And they do fully understand, too. They’re the smartest people in the room, because the #1 smartest only hires other smart people.

And they know (with certainty) that an extra 60 days for comments is only delaying the smartest plan ever. Further delay is criminal!

Stupid ignorant senators – they don’t know ANYTHING.

/s

Marcola on May 23, 2014 at 6:29 PM

And you KNOW they’ll delay implementing these disasterous regulations.
Just look at Obumbles JizahCare … too scary to show the voters the crapsandwich they’ll have to masticate so … presto-change-O … delay until AFTER the elections.
HE is TRUELY the LIGHT GIVER.

Stupid Americans

Missilengr on May 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when Miss Piggy (Mary Landrieu) was attractive – 30 years and 50,000 Big Macs ago.

bw222 on May 23, 2014 at 6:35 PM

It appears to me that the administration and the EPA knows exactly what they are doing.

Walter L. Newton on May 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Who were the 15 republicans that didn’t sign? What’s wrong with these a$$holes?

ReaganWasRight on May 23, 2014 at 6:46 PM

“45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations”

That’s become a standard practice under the OBOZO/d-cRAT Regime. It’s called the “POST-ELECTION VOTER F^CK”.

MicahStone on May 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

All this says (the headline) is that the Dems care only about votes for themselves, not about what’s right for our country or what the public wants.

I wish on them that their personal AC’s burn out in the Summer, and the heaters in the Winter.
To each individual Democrat?
~May you have a rare disease and need an operation that only one surgeon in the world, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, is able to perform. And may he be unable to perform it because he doesn’t take your insurance. And may that Nobel Laureate be your son.

~May your insurance company decide constipation is a pre-existing condition.

~May you pay twice as much for milk of magnesia because your insurance company was compelled to take your dollars out for a wild night on the town.

~May you feast every day on chopped liver with onions, chicken soup with dumplings, baked carp with horseradish, braised meat with vegetable stew, latkes, and may every bite of it be contaminated with E. Coli, because the E.P.A. was too busy making fake lists of what had already been researched.

~May you waste a ridiculous amount of time responding to an absurd web site only to realize it had been set up by blithering idiots who cannot tell the difference between the E.P.A. and the F.D.A.

avagreen on May 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

~May your child give his Bar Mitzvah speech on the genius of Karl Marx.

~May you have a large store, and have it taxed to death by vulture socialists.

~May you wish you had never been born.
http://hertzlinger.blogspot.com/2012/08/yiddish-curses-for-democratic-jews.html

avagreen on May 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Don’t ban coal. Just ban the EPA. :)

Theophile on May 23, 2014 at 7:18 PM

In other news; 15 republican senators and 37 fascist-democrat (progressive) senators did NOT sign and want higher energy prices for Americans. The poor, minorities, children, and women hit hardest.

jukin3 on May 23, 2014 at 7:21 PM

I’ll vote for anyone who promises to bring back full flushing toilets!

PattyJ on May 23, 2014 at 7:22 PM

We can reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating, by what ever means necessary, environmentalists one and a time. I suggest they do us all a service and place small plastic bags over their heads, tying off at the neck. CO2 captured and problem solved. Solves many other issues.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on May 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

If you don’t like the regulations: GET RID OF THE AGENCY.

ajacksonian on May 23, 2014 at 7:38 PM

“Forty-five senators are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new rules on limiting carbon emissions from power plants. ”

At least until after the election .. then it’s ok.

crosspatch on May 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Why is the US Senate going hat in hand begging the EPA to delay implementation of some regs? The EPA is a ftiggin’ bureaucracy created and funded by Congress for God s sake! Instead of whining about the EPA, DO something about them. Good grief.

Charlemagne on May 23, 2014 at 9:29 PM

AGW was never about the climate nor weather.

Communist countries like China get a pass.

ama on May 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Does this stupid president have a plan to replace the coal??? How can natural gas replace it so fast and be on the power grid. Here in the Northwest we are littered all over the place with those ugly wind power fans. They are so ugly and noisy. Next the president will want to get rid of our hydro electric dams on the Columbia River , after all they damage the fish runs. Oh how I abhor and detest this sob president.

garydt on May 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM

95 % of Americans are clueless. He was elected twice based on nonsense. The country has passed the tipping point.

alanstern on May 23, 2014 at 11:30 PM

“Forty-five senators are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new rules on limiting carbon emissions from power plants. ”

At least until after the election .. then it’s ok.

crosspatch on May 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Exactly. How could they get any more crooked?

David Blue on May 24, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Thank you Richard Nixon..and to think the left still excoriates him

jaywemm on May 24, 2014 at 1:19 AM

OF COURSE! It is an election year. We mustn’t have anything that might upset the voters and kick incumbents out of office.

Let’s delay the effects which will cause electrical bills to skyrocket until AFTER the election!

r27cj on May 24, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Everyone knows that Reid is going to allow the Democrats in tough races, to leave the reservation, however he’s not going to allow himself to lose a vote. If that’s not a campaign issue, nothing is and it’s time for the Republicans to play hardball on this issue. As long as the Democrats are in power in the senate, we will have an imperial presidency and a dysfunctional government. They want it this way because they have their plans and will not allow the Republicans to change those plans at all.

The Republican party has allowed itself to be put in a corner by the Democrats. Instead of passing an immigration bill that secures the borders, makes it possible for this in the shadows to become legal, and is a positive force that moves us forward on the issue, they’ve allowed this to become a fight about amnesty. John Boehner may be the worst Speaker of the House ever and he’s allowing this to happen. Without some serious leadership changes Obama is going to continue to rule, rather than govern. The Community Organizer has proven his inability at working WITH Republicans so he works around them. It’s not the Republicans fault, it’s Obama’s fault.

It’s time for real change and I’m really not sure the Republicans are up to it.

bflat879 on May 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM

To be fair, the Executive Branch has achieved a balanced approach to administration, offsetting the declining availability of coal with increasing access to contraceptives. Obama is a leader in this balanced approach to government, balancing his propensity to bow to Asian leaders with not bowing to European leaders.

catsmeow on May 24, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Um, Erika? Shouldn’t that read “upcoming emission standards”? Just say’n…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 23, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I’d definitely class those regs as “Incoming!”

Oldnuke on May 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I know…Nixon!

It just shows you that the real enemy is not a party leader, it’s a progressive.

PattyJ on May 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Hey guys: that you have to pay more for your government, energy, health insurance, food, and in general for living, all while not getting you money’s worth on any of it, it’s a sign of ‘progress’!!! Rejoice in lower standards of living cos equality!!!

ptcamn on May 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

No need for an invasion to take our country’s Oconomy further into the tOilet — the EPA is going to do all that and more with the great Os approval.

drfredc on May 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM

“…EPA has an obligation to understand the impacts that regulations have on all segments of society,” it said.

The hell it does. It hasn’t so far, and won’t, under this President.

Paul_in_NJ on May 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The Administration has its legacy to consider and that is not to be deterred by the squealing of stuck-pig Democrats trying to get re-elected in the oil and coal states.

Obama made it clear that he wants oil and coal (and gas, because its a “fossil” fuel) out of business. That leaves us with 5% power generation capacity.

This Sesame Street energy policy is brought to you by the letters “F” and “U”.

virgo on May 27, 2014 at 12:35 AM