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Obama’s Energy Disaster Continues! by The Elephant's Child

The dream of the far left is to bring America down. They object to ideas of American exceptionalism, and think we should be more equal to others in the community of nations. According to John Hinderaker of Powerline:

The cornerstone belief of American liberals is that the United States is too rich and too powerful. And, if you want to make America poorer and weaker, the easiest way to do so is by preventing the development of our energy resources. Such a policy hobbles our economy and causes massive transfers of wealth from the U.S. to other countries, many of which are hostile. Liberals think this is all to the good, but pretty much every other American disagrees.

The Obama administration’s energy policies have been a disaster, assuming that American decline is not your objective. We have written many times about the administration’s efforts to suppress development of our oil resources, but coal is equally important. The United States is blessed with extraordinary deposits of coal, but Obama is determined to prevent us from using it to generate cheap and plentiful electricity. Obama wasn’t kidding when he said, as a candidate, that his policies would cause electricity prices to “skyrocket.”

Two new regulations from the EPA on ‘pollution’ will hit the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electricity rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent according to a new study based on government data. The EPA says that any hit the industry will suffer is worth the health benefits.  Elsewhere, the EPA has made it clear that they do not do cost-benefit analysis, and are prevented by regulation from doing so.

What’s more, officials said that just one of the rules to cut sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions will would yield up to $290 billion in annual health and welfare benefits in 2014. They say that amounts to preventing up to 36,000 premature deaths, 26,000 hospital and emergency room visits, and 240,000 cases of aggravated asthma. “This far outweighs the estimated annual costs,” says an official on background.

This is made-up hooey. The EPA would have to have statistics showing that 36,000 people have currently died from exposure to sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, and they don’t have any such thing.  They make up statistics like this all the time, and  Lisa Jackson confidently quotes bogus health statistics in front of Congress.  Fifteen States have initiated a legal challenge to the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases pose a danger to public health and welfare.

Nevermind. The EPA will charge right ahead.  Utility Giant American Electric Power said yesterday that it will shut down five coal-fired power plants and spend billions of dollars to comply with a series of pending Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

But EPA defended its regulations Thursday, noting that the agency has worked closely with industry to ensure that its regulations are “reasonable, common-sense and achievable.”“These reasonable steps taken under the Clean Air Act will reduce harmful air pollution, including mercury, arsenic and other toxic pollution, and as a result protect our families, particularly children,” EPA said in a statement.

The company, one of the country’s largest electric utilities, estimated that it will cost between $6 billion and $8 billion in capital investments over the next decade to comply with the regulations in their current form. The costs of complying with the regulations will result in an increase in electricity prices of 10 to 35 percent and cost 600 jobs, AEP said.

Louisville Gas & Electric in an “environmental cost recovery” move (watch for this on your power bill) says that ratepayers will see their electric bills increase 19.2 percent by 2016. A LG&E spokesman said:

The EPA is forcing utilities to do this. We don’t have a choice. It’s not a question of are we going to meet them. The question is when and how and how much money. We have to meet these regulations because the EPA is mandating it for us to do it. They’re forcing us to do it.

These thing are all interconnected. If electricity prices go up, jobs will be lost not only in the power industry, but in the regular economy. Business in the private economy hopes to operate with a profit margin, their only reason for being in business. They will pay more for their power, their suppliers will pay more for their power, the cost of the goods they sell will rise, more inflation, more lost jobs.

American households will be hit hard, as will American businesses. Producers will try to cover their higher production costs by raising product prices. Consumer demand will fall, income and employment will drop.

These are unnecessary job-killing, economy-destroying regulations. Obama claims to want an improved economy, more jobs, less unemployment — yet every move by his administration contributes to the decline.  They really are trying to bring America Down.


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is what
they really
want to do
to all the remaining mountains
we have left, just to vainly display the crosses
and monstrous sunset sunrise flickering shadow fields
of their sacrificial doomsday religion,
access roads and
power lines


Comment by NikFromNYC

Cold fusion featured in the LA Times in ’89 before it was debunked. Environmentalists were aghast at the possibility of cheap clean energy:

“It’s like giving a machine gun to an idiot child.” – Paul Ehrlich (mentor of John Cook of, author of “Climate Change Denial”)

“Clean-burning, non-polluting, hydrogen-using bulldozers still could knock down trees or build housing developments on farmland.” – Paul Ciotti (LA Times)

“It gives some people the false hope that there are no limits to growth and no environmental price to be paid by having unlimited sources of energy.” – Jeremy Rifkin (NY Times)

“Many people assume that cheaper, more abundant energy will mean that mankind is better off, but there is no evidence for that.” – Laura Nader (sister of Ralph)

The most popular AGW supporting blogs are owned by PR firms financed by green energy speculators:
DeSmogBlog = green PR firm paid for by a $125 million online gambling site convicted money launderer who sells solar cells.
RealClimate = left wing PR firm behind the junk science link of vaccines to autism.
ClimateProgress = left wing think tank.

CLIMATEGATE 101: “Don’t leave stuff lying around on ftp sites – you never know who is trawling them. The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I’ll delete the file rather than send to anyone….Tom Wigley has sent me a worried email when he heard about it – thought people could ask him for his model code. He has retired officially from UEA so he can hide behind that.” – Phil Jones

Here I present The Quick Glance Guide to Global Warming:


Comment by NikFromNYC

I just discovered via Wikipedia that there is a category called “ecological psychology,” and they do need help! Thanks for all the references, and the sad pictures of killed birds. Have you ever visited the website of the Society of Environmental Journalists?


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