Obama ‘war on coal’ technically only a ‘police action’ — Would need Congress to declare war

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports:

But it “remains to be seen” whether capture technology is far enough along to meet the legal standard that allows the agency to demand it, Christine Tezak, managing director for research at the consulting firm ClearView Energy Partners LLC, said at the coal conference. The agency’s demands will inflate prices, probably more than most consumers realize, said Michael Delmar, director of regulated generation and dispatch at FirstEnergy Corp., Western Pennsylvania’s largest power supplier.

“There’s no war on coal. Technically, it’s a police action,” Tezak said, putting a new twist on the rhetoric the industry often uses against the EPA. “Last I checked, you still needed congressional authorization for a war.”

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