EPA plan to ban coal hits major roadblock

Posted: May 29, 2015 by oldbrew in government, Legal, Politics
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US coal train [credit: Wikipedia]

US coal train [credit: Wikipedia]

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to degrade the country’s coal industry into oblivion with ruinous regulations has run into a legal roadblock, reports the SPPI Blog:

The EPA proposal to impose a de facto ban on new coal-fired power plants received more than two million comments from the public – but it looks like it was just one five-page comment from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) that sent EPA scrambling back to the drawing board. The draft rule mandated the use of so-called carbon capture and storage, a technology that would inject carbon dioxide underground but which has so far proved to be little more than a white elephant experiment.

To mandate this technology, the law required the EPA to prove it was “adequately demonstrated” and “commercially available.” Thanks to E&E Legal, they failed.


Dawn Reeves at Inside EPA broke the story that carbon capture and storage has apparently been dropped from the agency’s final rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions. She also, curiously, reports that the White House may not allow the EPA to back down, instead forcing the agency to defend the legally indefensible in court. But whether they win now or not until the issue is litigated, E&E Legal has scored a huge victory for the rule of law and economic common sense.

Full report: EPA Plan to Ban Coal Hits Major Roadblock | The SPPI Blog.

Comments
  1. The climate crazies are finally having to face reality and as we all know – realities wins in the in!

  2. oldbrew says:

    The US electric power sector is expected to use 800 million tons of coal in 2015.
    http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/report/coal.cfm

    Not exactly a dying industry – yet. The EPA plan is to strangle new coal plants at birth wherever possible.

  3. p.g.sharrow says:

    Back in the early 1970s, the brand new EPA tried to strangle the solid state silicon industry in the US by outlawing crystal growing foundries due to their NOx output. A problem they KNEW could not be solved. A self educated old man solved the problem and the EPA / CAPB had to allow the permitting because of their own legal actions.

    The Enviros will never stop in their push to eliminate all human effects on the Environment. It is them or us.

    We don’t need Them!. pg

  4. It’s ironic that CCS plants will in theory burn more coal per KWh, thereby emitting more of the very real pollution that the EPA and Oblimey insist they are so concerned about!

  5. hunter says:

    They are so corrupt they will get the President to impose an exception under his self-declared authority.

  6. Fanakapan says:

    Just wait until Lake Mead drops further, and uncovers the inlets on the Hoover, then the push will be on to burn anything, including the furniture🙂

    President Obama’s seeming ignorance can only be explained by his term limitation, no politician who needs to seek votes in the future could possibly offer so many hostages to fortune, and still expect to retain office.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Fanakapan: Obama will probably be doing the rounds of TV chat shows a few years from now, laughing off his climate follies and blaming his advisers – before collecting his fat fee:/