EPA's New Power Plant Rule Will Doom King Coal

Tom Borelli
Real Clear Energy
January 16, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule for new power plants to limit greenhouse gases. If approved, the new regulation would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants, marking a pivotal turning point in President Obama’s war on coal and the culmination of a lie arguably bigger than “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy denied any existence of a war on coal in an interview with The New York Times last year, claiming, “We don’t have a war on coal. We’re doing our business, which is to reduce pollution. We’re following the law.” Only a tried-and-true bureaucrat could spin efforts to facilitate the extinction of an entire industry as something else than a war on that industry. It's like the IRS trying to argue that the Tea Party wasn't being targeted. The facts don't lie.

Of course, EPA’s lead bureaucrat is simply following orders. President Obama has explicitly stated his goal to raise the cost of using coal to such a degree that it bankrupts utilities using it as a fuel source.

In 2008, then-Sen. Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle, “If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

The EPA’s public lies about the existence of its war on coal is only the beginning. This new proposed rule tries to hide is true intent by falsely claiming that utilities can use new technology to meet the agency’s emissions limit for carbon dioxide – the targeted greenhouse gas. The agency’s proposed New Source Performance Standard for new coal-fired power plants mandates an emissions standard of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. This is far lower than the roughly 1,800 pounds released per hour by coal-based power plants using current technology. The nearly 40-percent reduction in emissions mandated by the proposed regulation would be impossible to meet with today’s technology, and the EPA knows it.

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