President Barack Obama claims not to be conducting a war on coal, yet last week his administration proposed the strictest carbon emissions rules yet, using the Clean Air Act of 1970 in a way it was never intended.
Obama praised an “all of the above” energy strategy for 2014 during his State of the Union Address in January, but the requirement to cut emissions of carbon from power plants by 30 percent effectively means an end to any future for coal-burning power plants….
The EPA estimates coal would still factor in for about a third of the electricity mix in 2030, predicting about a 7 percent drop in coal use for power plants. And, Obama claims he doesn’t understand why opponents of the plan think electric rates will skyrocket….
While supporters claim it’s the U.S. having a duty to do what it can to save the planet, we continue to note that the Chinese, despite choking air pollution, direct evidence of illnesses among its citizens, and major cities that don’t see the sun — in other words, a nation that looks like U.S. industrial areas before the passage of the 1970 Clean Air Act — are not cleaning up their act.
Until all nations are doing their part, the U.S. doesn’t need to set an example with hundreds of thousands of jobs, increasing electricity costs and investments by utilities that could otherwise develop the smart grid to the point where every home is hooked into energy managed systems that would save energy use — and thus cut pollutants by requiring less production of energy.
Steubenville (Ohio) Herald-Star