Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation

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    Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation
    Hotair ^ | 03/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey

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    We get on President Obama’s case for neglecting to keep his campaign promises, so it’s only fair to note when he fulfills them. In January 2008, Obama promised to bankrupt coal-fired power plants with his new environmental regulations. Consider this a promise kept:

    GenOn Energy Inc. plans to close five of its older coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania over the next four years.

    The company, based in Houston, said Wednesday that tough new environmental rules make it unprofitable to operate the plants, which generate a total of 3,140 megawatts of electricity. The plants are in Portland, Shawville, Titus, New Castle and Elrama. Two plants in Ohio and one in New Jersey will also be closed. The company said the timeframes are subject to further review based on market conditions.

    The Sierra Club cheered the announcement, of course, claiming it will prevent 179 premature deaths a year. The Sierra Club is located in San Francisco, California, of course, and not in Pennsylvania, which will have to find some way to replace the production of 3140 megawatts of electricity each year. The lack of production will make electricity even more expensive in the Rust Belt state where unemployment is 7.7% (about midrange for the US) and rising fuel prices will hammer the middle class already.

    As the Obama administration continues its aggressive push to get more electric vehicles on the road — a goal of 1.5 million by 2015, when these plants are going to be shutting down — how exactly do they plan to generate enough electricity to meet current demand, let alone the increased demand as a million or more people plug their cars into the grid?
     
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    Of which those closeres will save hundreds of billions of dollars and thousdans of lvies due to reduced pollution. Why are you pro-death and pollution?
     
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    There is no evidence that the new regulations will have any effect on the supposed loss of life of people you already can not prove have even died from the supposed mercury levels. Meanwhile 1/6th of the coal fired plants will be closed with no replacements and about 60 percent of our electricity comes from coal fired plants. You gonna magically replace the lost power?
     
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    The combined effect of the Obama EPA rules | Economic Policy Institute
    ^EPA ruels under Obama have a 2-1-201- benfit cost ratio

    Evidence Mounts to Back EPA Mercury Rules, With Annual Benefits of $50 to $130 billion | ThinkProgress
    ^EPA mercury reducing regulations save 50-130billion yearly
    ^These regulations will save 17,000 lives a year

    Epa Mercury | EPA limits mercury and other pollutants from cement plants - Los Angeles Times
    ^EPA regulations reducing mercury emissions and other major pollutants from power plants (excluding Nox and So2) save 10 billion a year; due to lower health care costs.

    GOt any more bullshit for me you dumbass?
     

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