Share

Policy: Environment & Energy

Today is the day President Obama gets serious about making electricity rates 'skyrocket'

By |
Beltway Confidential,Opinion,Mark Tapscott,Morning Examiner,Barack Obama,Gina McCarthy,Energy and Environment,Power Plants

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will announce today the biggest step yet in President Obama's campaign to combat global warming by making "electricity rates necessarily skyrocket."

The proposal will require electricity-generating power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

As Talking Points Memo describes it, the new rule "will set the first-ever national limits on carbon dioxide, the chief gas linked to global warming from the nation's power plants."

Aimed at coal

More than 40 percent of the nation's electricity is generated by coal-fired power plants, and there is no way currently available to those facilities to achieve a 30 percent reduction while continuing to use the black rocks.

That means the nation's 1,300+ coal-fired power plants will either have to convert to natural gas fuel or go out of business.

The former approach takes time and investment capital, while the latter approach constricts supply. Both approaches drive electricity prices higher.

Say goodbye to Democrat Senate

On the hot seat as a result of the new Obama regs are Senate Democrats from energy states, especially Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska and Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

Pryor's case may be the most serious because his state is among those most dependent upon coal-fired power plants for electricity generation.

The fact the Obama White House has made it clear to these threatened Democrats that they won't incur presidential wrath by opposing the regs between now and November may not be enough to save them.

On today's washingtonexaminer.com

Monday Editorial: Obama, Shinseki knew but failed to act on Veterans Affairs scandal.

Sunday Editorial: Unions that backed Obamacare now whining about its cost.

Columnist/Hugh Hewitt: Still plenty of questions on Benghazi for Hillary Clinton.

Columnist/James Jay Carafano: It doesn't appear that Obama cares much about intelligence.

Columnist/Michael Barone: Democrats' nightmare scenario for 2016.

Columnist/Star Parker: Harry Reid's priorities are ignore the economy and go after private property.

Columnist/Timothy P. Carney: EPA regulations create corporate winners and losers.

Beltway Confidential/Sean Higgins: Supreme Court could deliver crippling blow to Big Labor in Harris v. Quinn decision.

Beltway Confidential/Byron York: Senate's failed, irrelevant $20 billion plan to fix Veterans Affairs.

Beltway Confidential/Philip Klein: Wisconsin Club for Growth sues state board for involvement in probe targeting conservative groups.

PennAve/Brian Hughes: Rep. Jeff Miller says Veterans Affairs scandal won't disappear on the Hill.

Legal Newsline/Kyla Asbury: CVS faces class-action suit claiming telephone advertising abuses.

In other news

The Washington Post: Reaction mixed in military to Bergdahl recovery as some consider him a deserter.

The New York Times: Obama seeks to reclaim climate change leadership.

CBS News: Many Americans skeptical of global warming's immediate impact.

Righty Playbook

The Weekly Standard: Stephen Hayes on Hillary Clinton's failed Benghazi spin.

National Review Online: Obama's illegal prisoner swap.

The American Spectator: Is donor disclosure good for the Right?

Bonus must-read

The Federalist: A free-market guide to assessing conservative reform proposals.

Lefty Playbook

The Daily Beast: Bergdahl deal could be first step to emptying Gitmo.

UTNE Reader: Raza Studies and the battle over educational excellence.

The Washington Monthly: Science is their enemy.

Bonus must-read

Mother Jones: Obama's new climate action plan is a really big deal.

Blog Right

Jammie Wearing Fools: White House official says "we don't give a s--t why Bergdahl left."

Blue Collar Perspective: If you like your terrorist ... finally, an Obama lie we can embrace.

Gateway Pundit: Bob Bergdahl now working for release of more Gitmo terrorists.

Blog Left

Talking Points Memo: Obama to propose cutting power-plant emissions by 30 percent.

Crooks & Liars: President Cruz would have sent in U.S. troops to rescue Bergdahl.

In These Times: Unions can be sensitive about criticism.

View article comments Leave a comment