You don’t say: Obama EPA set to destroy coal industry

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Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data.

Overall, the rules aimed at making the air cleaner could cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion, warns a trade group.

Hundreds of thousands (more) jobs lost. But that’s ok, because we’ll all share in the pain with a hike in our power bills.

“Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious economic challenges,” said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed regulations before they are finalized,” he said.

The Obami think it’ll be worth it. Why, you ask? Oh, we’ll share in our suffering to healthier. Don’t you love a government so concerned for your health and welfare? 

The EPA, however, tells Whispers that the hit the industry will suffer is worth the health benefits. “EPA has taken a number of sensible steps to protect public health, while also working with industry and other stakeholders to ensure that these important Clean Air Act standards—such as the first ever national Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal-fired power plants—are reasonable, common-sense, and achievable,” said spokesman Brendan Gilfillan. 

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. 

And since the government wants to “pay” for your healthcare, then all necessary steps must be taken to lower the government’s bill, no?

Flashback:

This isn’t much of a surprise, is it?

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7 Responses

  1. Geez, it’s already a monumental struggle to keep our electric on here, this might just finish us off completely! He’s deliberately destroying Americans’ ability to survive financially. Linked here:
    http://zillablog.marezilla.com/2011/06/blog-buffet-open-thread.html

  2. No surprise. And I keep running into people who think it’s a great idea. I wonder who they think will be paying those higher rates, and just whose livelihoods will be affected.

    I also keep hearing that most people don’t know what’s good for them (the gov’t does), and that the real threat is Republicans who don’t want to pay for everything via higher taxes for the rich.

    Sigh.

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