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(Originally published in Issue 2, 2015 American Coal Magazine, pg. 39)
EPA’s Carbon IRP Process, State Plan Options, and Implications for 2016 State Legislative Sessions
By Raymond L. Gifford, Gregory E. Sopkin and Matthew S. Larson – Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) renovated the final Clean Power Plan rule in August, sparking discussion of changed Building Blocks, new emission targets, state-based and national cap-and-trade, “just say no,” and lots of number-crunching by environmental and utility attorneys ill-equipped to handle such complicated equations. Deep in the 1,500 pages of the final rule is what the final rule means for state policymakers and legislators in upcoming 2016 sessions. Because even EPA concedes that this state legislation will be necessary to implement the final rule in many instances, the upcoming legislative sessions will be crucial for how the rule gets treated in the states.
Editor’s note: We welcome this guest post, discussing the “war on coal,” by Greg Walcher, author of “Smoking Them Out.”
By Greg Walcher (originally published 04/17/15 & reprinted with permission)
I attended a conference in April where a number of speakers lamented policies they call “the war on coal.” War is a harsh term, but in general they refer to the current Administration’s stated desire to wean the American economy of its dependence on coal for generating electricity. Both the White House and the EPA deny any “war on coal,” though the national media has reported significant email traffic between them and leaders of the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign.
By W. James O’Brien, W. James O’Brien Associates
Two satellites which will answer the question of what impact carbon dioxide (CO2) content in the atmosphere has with real data, not models, are on track with NASA: the Orbital Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) and The Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO). OCO-2 launches this summer; CLARREO is in the development stage for launch or locating on the International Space Station during the next decade.
This Daily Caller article describes how the Obama administration has picked the last few hours remaining before the Thanksgiving holiday to release the updated federal Unified Agenda. The DC article describes the document as,
the Obama administration’s regulatory road map (that) lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months.
The article describes how some 3,415 new regulations are listed, including 189 rules that will cost the U.S. economy more than $100 million.
Here’s one more article pointing out the high and unintended costs of the EPA’s pending GHG regulations.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog describes (from a variety of reports) how prices across the nation could increase by 6%-7%, or even as much as 12%. They also note that overall consumer costs will increase, electricity rates will increase, and electric reliability will decrease, leaving residents and businesses in the dark and potentially stopping a budding American manufacturing renaissance.
The Obama administration appears to be losing ground in its efforts to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases, according to new government figures that show pollution levels rising again after several years of gradual decline.
Two quick notes on this issue. First, CO2 is not pollution, no matter how strenuously media, some elected officials, the environmental industry, and Leo DiCaprio protest. CO2 is, and always has been, plant food. It is an essential chemical component of all life on this planet.
Coalblog readers – just saw this note on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan webpage.
The comment period has been extended to December 1, 2014
More and more people are waking up to the reality that the war on coal is just one part of a much larger war. As Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich described in a 2013 American Coal magazine article,
The phrase “war on coal,” however, is highly misleading.
A “war on coal” is in fact “a war on Americans.”
It means Americans in small towns in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, southern Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Wyoming will lose their jobs and see their communities destroyed as casualties in the Obama “war on coal.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog describes the flawed logic underlying the latest round of EPA regulations, which are aimed at CO2 emissions and the U.S. coal industry.
Based on projections from the U.S. Department of Energy, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that will be reduced from EPA’s power plant rule is equivalent to just 13.5 days of Chinese emissions in 2030!
Perhaps that’s why EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted in a hearing last year that regulations are designed instead to “prompt and leverage international discussions and action.”
Dr. Marvin Folkertsma’s recent article describes the EPA as an Orwellian force in this nation’s government. In the article, Folkertsma discusses their “all-encompassing .. expansion of governmental power,” their increasingly strict regulatory regime, and their development of “a rich Newspeak vocabulary to vilify their enemies.” He continues by suggesting that we,