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The heat is on!

Editor’s Note: this recent article discusses the uneven playing field that exists for private and government agencies. We should all be asking the same question Mr. Driessen asks; namely …

Why should Volkswagen be investigated for emission deception, but not government agencies?

By Paul Driessen

The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States – but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, Big Green and news media are unleashing in the wake of the Paris climate agreement … and as a prelude to the 2016 elections.

13. January 2016 by Jason Hayes
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EPA’s Clean Power Plan Does Not Deserve Judicial Respect

Ed note: This article was originally published in Issue 2, 2015 of American Coal Magazine.

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By: William Yeatman, CEI

On August 3rd, President Obama announced his administration’s signature global warming policy, known as the Clean Power Plan. In the simplest of terms, the Clean Power Plan empowers the Environmental Protection Agency to centrally plan the electric industry.

Don’t take my word for it! Top EPA political appointees have been candid about how the Clean Power Plan’s epochal purpose is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by “transitioning” all electricity generation to a “carbon conscious economy.”

17. December 2015 by Jason Hayes
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The Final Clean Power Plan

(Originally published in Issue 2, 2015 American Coal Magazine, pg. 39)

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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.[1]

10. December 2015 by Jason Hayes
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EPA Clean Power Plan will add $214 Billion to Wholesale Electricity Prices

A new study by Energy Ventures Analysis has found that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will add $214 Billion to wholesale electricity prices by 2030. This is the second study this month that has predicted significant new costs for American energy users as a result of the CPP.

Far from being cost neutral or even cost-free, as the Obama administration has tried to claim, the CPP will have massive, nationwide impacts on electricity prices and system reliability. Among this new study’s findings,

  • 45 states will face double digit price increases
  • 16 states will have price increases of 25% or more

30. November 2015 by Jason Hayes
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The EPA’s Proposed Ground Ozone Standard

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Issue 2, 2015 of American Coal Magazine (pg. 30-32)
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Too much, Too fast

By Ken Ditzel and Rob Fisher, FTI Consulting

On November 25, 2014, EPA proposed to strengthen the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for primary and secondary ground-level ozone standards to 65 to 70 ppb from the current standard of 75 ppb set in 2008. The 2008 standard is just now at the beginning stages of implementation planning and far from compliance. Many liken EPA’s proposed actions to “moving the goalposts” before the compliance mechanisms for meeting the 2008 standard are implemented and its health benefits and economic costs are fully understood. Numerous scientists and economists consider the latest proposal to be too much, too fast, or, in other words, it is simply premature.

22. November 2015 by Jason Hayes
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NERA study describes heavy impacts of EPA Clean Power Plan

A new study, published by NERA and available on the AmericasPower.org website is detailing the heavy economic impacts of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

New analysis from NERA Economic Consulting shows the Environmental Protection Agency’s power plan comes with a hefty price tag that could approach $300 billion and raise electricity prices in each of the 47 states subject to the new regulation. …

16. November 2015 by Jason Hayes
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PACE – EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Excellent video from our friends at PACE. Share it around.

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02. November 2015 by Jason Hayes
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EPA targets coal states with CPP

From the Institute for Energy Research blog “EPA Goes After Coal Generating States in Final Carbon Plan.”

President Obama told America in 2008 that “if you want to build a coal plant, you can, but it will bankrupt you.” Now, he is using EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ to hurt the states that generate power largely from coal—states that have the lowest electricity prices in the nation due to their inexpensive and dependable coal-fired generation.

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17. August 2015 by Jason Hayes
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Doctrinaire fanatics

Classic lines from Luke Popovich’s “Dateline Washington – EPA Down on the MAT” piece in the July 2015 issue of Coal Age.

“Lawmakers did not anticipate … that the nation’s energy grid would one day be transformed by doctrinaire fanatics running an environmental agency that is indifferent to cost, to the law, to congress and to public opinion. That sounds like the old Soviet Politburo, not the U.S. government. …

The words of Justice Scalia in the majority opinion should be inscribed over the portals of the EPA’s headquarters: ‘It is not rational, never mind ‘appropriate,’ to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health benefits.’”

07. August 2015 by Jason Hayes
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ACC Statement on EPA Clean Power Plan Regulation

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Click here to read the full American Coal Council statement on the EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan Regulation

The final Clean Power Plan continues EPA’s execution of President Obama’s legacy climate change agenda. It is a risky, expensive, and misguided regulatory scheme, devoid of any real climate impact. The increased emphasis on inefficient, intermittent renewables for electricity generation in the final plan only intensifies concerns about grid reliability. The Energy Information Administration projected closure of 90 gigawatts of coal capacity under EPA’s proposed plan. That’s nearly one third of the existing coal fleet, and that number is likely to rise under the final rule. With such drastic reductions, coal plants will be far less available to back up renewables or to buffer spiking natural gas prices. …

03. August 2015 by Jason Hayes
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