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EPA New Power Plant Rule Proves Obama’s War on Coal

Despite claims to the contrary, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new power plant rules proves President Obama has a war on coal.

The new rules to limit greenhouse gases for new power plants will doom the coal industry because new coal-fired power plants will be required to use an expensive, unproven technology called carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) that captures and buries carbon dioxide emissions underground.

The rule for coal-fired power plants is controversial because the EPA claims the regulation meets its legal requirement that its mandated technology is “adequately demonstrated” – that is, commercially feasible.

Contrary to EPA’s false claim, there is not a single active power plant in the U.S. that is using the new process. Ironically, the only plant trying to use the CCS is under construction in Kemper County, Mississippi, at a cost of $5 billion, about twice its estimated budget. The cost of the new power plant is causing customer’s utility rates to rise.

Any fair-minded person would recognize EPA’s standard is not economically feasible but fairness was never the objective.

Obama’s real climate change goal is to bankrupt the coal industry.

Recall in 2008, then Senator Obama said, “If someone wants to build a new coal-fired power plant they can, but it will bankrupt them because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

Despite the obvious flaws in EPA’s proposed regulation, the agency is plowing ahead in blind allegiance to Obama’s determination to bankrupt the coal industry by making its product too expensive to use.

Similar to ObamaCare, progressive goals trumps the truth.

Read The Daily Caller story, “EPA still silent on the legality of coal plant ban,” to learn more about the new power plant rule.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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