“The economic harm here is devastating.”
Southern Colorado’s Pueblo Chieftain comments on the Obama EPA’s new mercury rules:
CANDIDATE BARACK Obama often told voters he wanted to raise the price of energy to the levels paid by Europeans.
Last week his Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson took a step toward that goal, issuing a rule that threatens to shut down many coal-fired power plants around the nation.
Not only would this have the effect of raising electric rates, it also would threaten the reliability of electric power in some sections of the country.
Ostensibly, the rule is meant to slow down “global warming” and to save the public billions of dollars of health benefits like fewer cases of asthma. But increasingly the religion of man-made global warming has been discredited by many climate scientists, and the total health benefits of reducing mercury emissions amount to about $6 million — not “billions.”
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is tasked with protecting the reliability of electric power, but it failed to do so in this case. While a FERC economist complained during rule-making that the EPA “does not answer anything associated with local reliability,” the EPA reported to Congress that it had “very frequent substantive contact and consultation with FERC.”
With this stretching of the Clean Air Act way beyond its legislative intent, we have to believe the FERC version of what went on. Remember, this is an administration peopled with various “policy czars” who have never been vetted or confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and so do not operate under any kind of checks and balances.
Ms. Jackson’s 1,117-page rule is just another power grab by the Obama administration over the lives of Americans. The economic harm here is devastating.
Below is a video clip of Obama promising to make energy prices skyrocket.