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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.
Jude Clemente’s June 29, 2014 article on Forbes.com gives an excellent explanation for the value of coal as an energy source. This article focuses specifically on the need to expand the use of coal in the developing world, as doing so will provide billions of people with much needed access to life-saving, affordable, reliable, electricity.
Africa needs more electricity, more coal, more gas, more nuclear, more renewables. The Sub-Saharan region, with a population of 910 million people, uses less electricity per year (145 TWh) than the state of Alabama (155 TWh) with just 4.8 million. There is only enough electricity generated in Sub-Sahara to power one light bulb per person for three hours a day. Over 65% of the population lives without any electricity at all.
Roberty Murray, Chairman and CEO of Murray Energy took part in a eye-opening interview on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox Business.
He didn’t hold back for a second, saying that the impending EPA regulations were a “total and dangerous takeover” of the nation’s electricity system. He charged that the current administration’s actions were “illegal” and “unachievable.” He further argued that EPA regulations were “destroying” low cost electricity, American markets and our nation’s competitive position. He stated clearly that he was “scared to death for our country.”
This is one of the best quick, simple, straightforward videos on the benefits of using #coal that I have seen for some time. Thanks to Alpha for putting it together and thanks to Alex Epstein for sending me the link.
This IER blog post walks readers through the reasons why they do not support a carbon tax.
As this GWPF report describes, climate change policy is a direct, present, and continuing harm to the poor around the world.
Measures currently being taken to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels are directly harming the poor, both in the developing
and in the developed world. Energy sources that are not based on fossil fuels make power and food – both of vital importance for the poor – more expensive and more difficult to obtain.
There’s more discussion on this report, and this issue, on NoFrakkingConsensus.org.
Speaks for itself. (via Wattsupwiththat.com)
0.02°C Temperature Rise Averted: The Vital Number Missing from the EPA’s “By the Numbers” Fact Sheet
Robert Bryce’s recent Wall Street Journal article digs into the difficult numbers and math that Bill McKibben refuses to touch.
Wind? Merely to keep pace with the global growth in electricity demand would require the installation of about 280,000 megawatts of new wind-energy capacity every year. According to several academic studies, the areal power density of wind energy—that is, the amount of power that can be derived from a given amount of land—is about one watt per square meter. This means that installing the requisite additional wind capacity would require covering about 280,000 square kilometers (108,000 square miles of land)—an area nearly the size of Italy—with wind turbines, every year.
While Cuomo and his team speculate about hypotheticals, people in the real world need affordable energy.
Steve then provided a link to this CapitalNewYork.com article, “A sign of a coal comeback in New York.” The article describes how a proposal to repower the coal-fueled Greenridge power plant in Finger Lakes, NY may provide the state’s power users with some much needed relief from skyrocketing electricity rates. In fact, the far more reasonable prices offered by coal, along with its rapidly improving environmental performance, may bring the number of online coal-fueled generation plants in the state up to five by 2015.
ACC CEO Betsy Monseu was quoted in a recent FoxNews.com article on the EPA’s impending Mercury and Air Toxics Rule (MATS).
EPA’s MATS rules, which go into effect in January 2016, will devastate coal production in America and force many older power plants to close because the cost of retrofitting them will be too high.
Combined with other EPA policies and regulations, Betsy Monseu, CEO of the American Coal Council said, “Starting in about 2012 and continuing to 2020, we’ll have about 60 gigawatts of coal-fired generation coming off-line…and the majority of that will come off in regard to the implementation of MATS in 2015 and 2016.”