Friday, April 6, 2012


You say you don't care about politics?  Because all things political are just too annoying and confusing and frustrating?  Yes, they are.  But it is that very crummy nature of politics that allows so much crummy stuff to be done while we roll our eyes and cringe instead of paying attention.

This administration tried to pass Cap and Trade legislation that would have tightly controlled coal fired electricity producing plants, but failed.  It would have greatly increased our electric bills.  So now they are simply using the EPA to change regulations of such plants to the extent that most will shut down, and zero new ones can be built.  They have abused their power to override our congress.

If you don't pay attention now, and complain about the incredible power grab, you will notice later when one half  of all of our electric production is shut down and your plug-in price of electricity 'necessarily skyrockets'  (Obama's stated plan from an interview in 2008).

Here is a quote from American Values, which includes a quote from union leader Cecil Roberts:

Union Boss Slams EPA

As we reported last week, the EPA released a new regulation ostensibly intended to limit global warming pollutants. In reality it will ban construction of new coal plants. During a Tuesday radio interview, Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, ripped into the regulation, saying:

"This rule is an all-out … decision by the EPA that we're never going to have another coal-fired facility in the United States. …Coal is the fastest growing energy source in the world and they've decided at the EPA we're going to control what goes into the atmosphere worldwide by halting the construction of coal fired facilities in the United States. It doesn't work, for one thing, and, the second thing, it is just devastating for our economy. …The Navy SEALs shot Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and [EPA Administrator] Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington."

Ouch! Tough words, but Roberts is right. The United States gets nearly half of its electricity from coal. Shutting down coal plants will cause electricity prices to increase. Evan Tracey, a spokesman for the coal industry, said, "Americans are suffering, certainly, a lot of pain at the pump. They're going to start to learn what 'pain at the plug' means."

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