Obama Job Killing Regulations

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    For more than 90 years, the coal-fired power plant in Glen Lyn, Va., has been churning out electricity and contributing to local prosperity. Of late, it has generated nearly a quarter of the revenue for the $1 million budget of the town.

    Yet when the plant ultimately shuts down to comply with new federal air pollution regulations by the end of 2014, says Town Manager Howard Spencer, so too might the community of 200.

    "If the town lost all of that revenue," he says, "we would struggle to even continue to be incorporated."

    An Associated Press analysis has found that more than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to close because of the new, more stringent regulations. Another 36 plants are at risk of closing.No lights will go dark. But the Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 14.7 gigawatts — enough power for more than 11 million households — will be retired from the power grid in the 2014-15 period when the rules take effect. One rule curbs air pollution in states downwind from dirty power plants. Another sets first standards for mercury and other toxic pollutants from smokestacks.

    The effect is greatest in the Midwest and in coal belt states such as Virginia and West Virginia, where dozens of units are likely to shut down.

    Take Giles County, where American Electric Power's Glen Lyn plant is located, and where 44 jobs are on the line.

    County Administrator Chris McKlarney worries about the $600,000 tax-revenue hit his $40 million budget will take. But that's just one concern involving a plant and workers whose community contribution is "hard to quantify."

    "They've done so much donation-wise for local causes ... And they're really good people working there," he said. "They're coaches in Little League sports, involved in the Parent-Teacher Organization — you lose those kind of people, it's tough."



    And they're good jobs — stable, well-paying positions with good benefits in places where such things can be hard to find.

    The closures, though, have long been anticipated. The average age of the plants that could be sacrificed is 51 years.

    Hope and Change ?
     
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    Conservative: Obama's regulations are costing jobs.

    Leftist: No, they're not!

    C: Yes, they are. Look at the OP.

    L: *sputter sputter* Well, those coal plants are killing kids! Why do you hate kids?!

    C: So, nothing to say about the jobs lost?

    L: Why should I be upset about kid-killers being put out of work?!

    C: ...
     
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    Here let me answer:
    C: So liberal you'd rather kids starve and people freeze while Obama rides his little blke in Hawaii?
     

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    If you're going to completely copy and paste a story from Fox News, you really should provide a link for your source.
     
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    As for the job losses, which, if you read the article, have been anticipated for years now, I have zero problems with them. As the article states, most people will retire or transfer to other plants, so while the jobs lost will be felt in those communities, other communities will get needed workers and having people retire and leave the work force is always a good thing with high unemployment. Not to mention the obvious health issues and increased quality of life for those communities.

    All in all, this is a good thing.
     
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    So let's see, centralized government control of:

    Health? check

    Education? check

    Capital? check

    Economy? check

    Energy? check

    Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness? check
     
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    Industries like this is usually the backbone in rural areas. It will kill small districts. In my country they just decided to open more coal mines since it is very important for job creation in rural areas.

    The consumers in the large cities should concentrate on reducing their consumption rather than closing down coal mines that are extremely important for small communities. The focus must be on reducing consumption not closing down production facilities that are proffitable and create important jobs. But it’s easy to sit in DC and say that this aint good jobs.
     
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    Hmmmm.....I work in the coal fired power plant industry and I can tell you that you sure as hell wouldn't want to live near one, especially a big one like I work in that spews out tons of mercury. It's so bad that our state health officials are saying that people should not eat the fish in nearby lakes and streams.

    http://www.ifishillinois.org/pdf/09consumption.pdf

    We are in the process of installing mercury controls that should greatly reduce the levels of mercury that we put out.

    It only makes good sense to me.
     
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    Remember OBAMA told us he wanted to BANKRUPT these companies!

    "So, if somebody wants to build a coal[electric utility] plant, they can it’s just that it will bankrupt them,!"
    Obama: We’ll bankrupt any new coal plants « Hot Air
     

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