Sunday, July 17, 2011

EPA Tells Energy Unions to Eat Cake

The American people and our elected representatives rejected the cap and trade bill.  But that means nothing to Barack Obama and his jack-booted thugs in the EPA.  His Highness has a will and is finding a way to circumvent Article I of the U.S. Constitution.  The Imperial President will use the bureaucratic machine to serve his purpose.  The Washington Examiner reports: 

President Obama's cap-and-trade bill died in the Democrat-run 111th Congress, but that hasn't stopped the chief executive and Lisa Jackson, his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, from finding regulatory paths to achieve the same goals.

Topping those goals is the abolition of coal as an electrical power-generating fuel. More than half of the electrical power used every day by Americans is generated by power plants fueled by coal. And 90 percent of all the coal consumed in the U.S. goes to electrical power generation.

But that doesn't matter to Obama and Big Green, they are determined to kill the coal industry because of its alleged contribution to global warming.

It appears that Jackson's EPA has now found the perfect regulatory tool to accomplish that goal - the proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS), which, according to the agency, would apply to all "Coal and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units."

The MATS proposal has sparked massive opposition from among energy industry groups and conservative think tanks, but now a huge coalition of unions that normally are vocal supporters of Obama are warning of the loss of millions of jobs, substantial power-generation capability, and other harmful consequences radiating throughout the entire U.S. economy.

I guess you guys don’t belong to the right kind of union.  How do you like Obama now?  In the past, I would’ve informed you to contact your representatives in Congress; but they don’t seem to matter anymore.  Maybe you can contact your local EPA office.  I’m sure they will offer you some cake.

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