The recent surfacing of a 934-page EPA draft admitting the hindrances of US EPA’s new utility rule, which enforces stringent air pollution mandates, solidifies EPA’s blatant bias against the cheap, reliable energy source of coal. Today’s Wall Street Journal article explains that this document, which was found to be circulated within the Administration before the utility rule was officially proposed, shows that the rule’s main purpose is to shut down coal-fired plants rather than to just reduce mercury. The article highlights the contents of the draft’s “reliability section” which was kept out of the finalized utility rule proposal:
“In a “What are the energy impacts?” section, the EPA concedes that it “is aware that concerns have been expressed by some, even in advance of this proposed rule, that this regulation may detrimentally impact the reliability of the electric grid.” The agency admits that what it calls “sources integral to reliable operation” may be forced to shut down—those would be the coal-fired plants the EPA is targeting—and that these retirements “could result in localized reliability problems.” The EPA insists that it knows how to balance “both clean air and electric reliability,” but all along in public it has denied that reliability is in any way at risk.
The draft document also “strongly encourages” the people who run the grid, like regional transmission operators and state regulators, to start planning “as soon as possible” for “potential retired units.” The EPA recommends “transmission upgrades, targeted demand side management strategies, and construction of new generation.” This helps to explain why even the EPA admits the utility rule is the most expensive it has ever proposed.”
The unveiling of this information pinpoints the irrational agenda of the environmentalist movement and the consistent lack of transparency within the Obama Administration. We are in a recession, or at least that what the majority of Americans agree on. The U.S. has the highest amount of coal reserves in the world. The development of this resource employs 80,000 Americans, and yet, agencies like the EPA are more than willing to bite the industry that essentially feeds its countrymen. Officials like Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and James Inhofe (R-OK) await EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s excuse for deleting the utility rule’s reliability section.