American Elephants

America: the Saudi Arabia of Coal — Under EPA Attack! by The Elephant's Child

From Investors Business Daily:

Regulation: More than 3,500 coal supporters descended on Washington Tuesday to protest environmental rules requiring technology that doesn’t exist, designed to turn the Saudi Arabia of coal into the Bangladesh of energy.

Members of Congress, union members, miners and their families stormed Capitol Hill to air their grievances about President Obama’s policies that make it harder to burn or mine coal.

They were protesting the government shutdown that hasn’t ended — that of the coal industry in pursuit of environmental goals that ignore global temperatures that haven’t budged in 17 years and greenhouse-gas emission declines that have occurred as a result of energy industry technology and free market decisions.

“When coal plants shut down” said Rep. Andy Barr ( R-KY) communities have no customers, county governments have no tax revenues to invest in schools or infrastructure. “The unemployment in some counties is in double digits.”

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says global climate change caused by carbon pollution “is one of the most significant public health threats of our time” thus forcing her agency to adopt stringent measures.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “carbon pollution.” EPA zealots seek air that is pure and free from even fine particulates. Can’t happen. To show that “carbon pollution” is a significant health threat, the EPA merrily makes up statistics out of whole cloth, to add significance to their claims. They attribute numbers of “future deaths”— apparently from a departmental crystal ball.

Coal-fired electric power plants produce 42 percent of our electric power. The EPA thinks new regulations will force “carbon capture and sequestration technology” which will accomplish nothing at all, except to make your electricity bill way more expensive. Their regulations are more apt to produce brownouts and blackouts along with extreme poverty in coal mining states. A religious fervor for non-existent global warming is hard to fight. Zealots are impervious to new information, and uninfluenced by science.

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