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EPA on crash drive to end coal use as we know it – and the jobs that go with it

Apparently they fear an Obama loss:

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has devoted an unprecedented number of bureaucrats to finalizing new anti-coal regulations that are set to be released at the end of November, according to a source inside the EPA.

More than 50 EPA staff are now crashing to finish greenhouse gas emission standards that would essentially ban all construction of new coal-fired power plants. Never before have so many EPA resources been devoted to a single regulation. The independent and non-partisan Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA’s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion.

More of that laser like focus on creating or saving jobs, huh?

One more in a veritable litany of reasons to get rid of this guy tomorrow.

~McQ

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21 Responses to EPA on crash drive to end coal use as we know it – and the jobs that go with it

  • Apparently, the EPA and other Obami are planning to impose this crap win or lose.  It appears that if they lose, they intend to scorch the earth and salt the ground…pretty much literally…with toxic regulation and EOs.

    • The good news is both of those can be “undone”.

      • To some degree, yes.  But regulation can be very sticky and hard to reverse.  An EO is simple.
        Remember how they have tried to make ObamaCare indelible, immutable, and ramifying, which is a tyranny all to itself.

        • They have to give the companies time to comply with their latest round of bullspit – they can’t declare it at the end of November and mandate it be implemented by Dec 1st.

          Well, they can, but it won’t happen even in the Obama universe.

          If they can kill Obamacare, they can kill these regulations.   And then plan on firing the assholes that worked so hard to implement them at the double quick.

      • And they’ll villify Romney and the republicans for each and everyone wasting time and expending PR capital with the public. 

        They’ll hide fact they are new.
        If they can’t hide that, they’ll hide the impact.
        And if the can’t hide the impact, they’ll say that’s 1%’er propaganda. 

        • They’ll also sue to keep the regulations in place.  Unless BigCoal feels up to the fight then the bureaucrats win and the people lose.

        • Yeah, well, they can’t hide the impact of lower customer utility billing.  People paying their own damn bills will notice the difference soon enough and some of them will make the connection.

          • They will REALLY notice when…regardless of price…they are without power part of the time.

  • Romney has a campaign plank to turn over much of the authority for energy regulation back to the states (i.e. fracking permits, offshore oil exploration). If the EPA pulls the trigger on these new regs, Romney has all the reason in the world to defang the EPA by pushing for energy federalism in his first 100 days.
    One of the nice advantages of the anti-conservative vitriol of the media is that no matter what he does, he is going to be tarred as “extreme.” Romney might as well do something extreme if he is going to be called that constantly.

  • Just returning to the status quo is not enough. I think there needs to be congressional hearings and maybe some criminal investigations on the incredible mission creep and overreach of these agencies.

  • Obama should be polling well below 20%. It is sad to consider that he’s at almost 50%.

    • You want to know something utterly amazing about tomorrow’s election?
      The Dems don’t really have a say. It’s a simple proposition – if we get out there and vote in greater numbers than 2008, we win. EASILY. Obama won with a D+8 electorate. Sorry, but the SCOAMF isn’t gonna have D+8 tomorrow, much less D+11 (!!! LOL @ CNN) We don’t even have to be even or R+1 tomorrow. We make it D+3 and it’s over. We have the muscle. Lets throw these b*tches out and kick them in the a** on the way out the door.