In Obama’s War on Coal is a War on America, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) President Mike Duncan indicated 280 coal-fired generated units could close in the coming years due to strict environmental regulations already in place. Obama’s war on coal has now claimed two victims.
According to the Daily Caller:
High costs associated with stricter federal environmental regulations and increased competition for low-priced natural gas have shut down two coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania.
FirstEnergy Corp. will close the coal plants by October 9, according to Reuters, due to weak power prices.
Another factor is the high cost of complying with the Environmental Protection agency’s Mercury Air Toxin Standards or MATS, which would require the company to spend $275 million at the two plants.
Reuters indicated FirstEnergy, in a federal filing, said it would recognize an impairment charge of about $488 million ($321 million after tax) in the second quarter of 2013 for the shutdowns. In a release by FirstEnergy, the plants scheduled to shutdown are Hatfields Ferry in Masontown and Mitchell in Courtney. The shutdown of these two plants will affect about 380 employees.
The report by Reuters continues:
Together, the company said the plants could generate 2,080 megawatts, about 10 percent of its total capacity. One megawatt can power about 1,000 homes.
Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, about 15,000 MW of coal-fired power plants have closed as low electricity and natural gas prices have made it uneconomical for generating companies to upgrade those facilities to keep up with the government’s stricter environmental rules.
Those generating companies have also announced plans to shut more than 37,000 MW of coal-fired units over the next 10 years or so.
FirstEnergy said it expected to invest about $650 million in mercury-related control technology to enhance or modify existing air quality equipment or install new equipment on its remaining facilities.
After these upgrades, FirstEnergy said it expected to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by 84 percent, sulfur dioxide by 95 percent and mercury by 91 percent below 1990 levels. In addition, the company expects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent to 30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
According to Kentucky Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield, “[Obama] is personally responsible for the loss of thousands of jobs. He obviously does not have much interest in states like Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wyoming, where the coal industry is so vitally important and we are losing jobs dramatically.”
An $8 billion loan guarantee program for projects to develop new technologies that help cut emissions of fossil fuels would include carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) as “one of a number of options,” he said.
“It will also include some advanced technologies for using coal very different from today’s technologies that will enable much less expensive carbon capture in future,” Moniz said.
CCS is a relatively new, expensive and unproven technology that captures carbon dioxide and buries it.
Based on statements by the administration’s advisers, coal supporters allege the new global warming push is part of a larger effort to cripple the industry.
In previous articles, the global warming crisis was reported to be scientifically inconclusive and possibly a myth. Now, the Obama administration will implement an $8 billion loan guarantee program for projects that include carbon capture and storage technology (CCS), which is relatively new, expensive and unproven, for projects that help cut emissions of fossil fuels. Can you say “money pit?” Didn’t Solyndra receive funding for “green energy” development and then go bankrupt?
As a recap, the White House is closed for tours, fireworks were canceled at several military bases, sequestration of government employees were implemented, and Obamacare implementation has faced difficulties all due to lack of funding. However, there is funding to initiate an $8 billion loan guarantee program for advanced technologies for decreasing emissions from fossil fuels. Let us not forget either that our government has difficulty securing our border into Mexico due to budget restraints and the IRS parties hearty on the hard earned money of taxpayers who comprise only 47% of the population.
The sheer irresponsibility of this administration in mismanaging taxpayer money is astounding and disgraceful. What is almost as bad are the sheeple who nod, cheer and almost worship in an idolatrous fashion the man who literally throws money into curbing global warming – an unproven theory. What’s worse is the voice of reason from the public and other scientific sources are drowned out, smothered by the left’s tactics of discrediting, labeling and name calling.
Mob rule has arrived; the mob has demonstrated unruliness. If the left can’t drown the voice of reason, Obama usurps power, ignoring information not conducive to his plan, by assuming a dictatorial, tyrannical stance then issues executive orders to continue to pound America into the ground. He cares not if jobs are lost or if an entire industry is affected as long as his narcissism is satisfied. America can no longer feed this narcissism. Obama is eating us out of house and home.