Obama and his henchmen are working overtime turning the United States into a backwater third world country.
According to Master Resource, FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) Commissioner explains that due to EPA regulations shutting down nearly 25% of our nations coal power plants in 2015, creating the very real possibility of regional blackouts across the United States:
On Sunday morning’s Platts Energy Week with Bill Loveless, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller gave a bombshell interview regarding the clear and present danger to electric reliability posed by the EPA.
An excerpted transcript is posted below:
FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller: “We’re closing an enormous amount of coal generation, through a variety of rules, and a good number of those plants are set to retire next April. But most people would say about 90% of that capacity was running and used and necessary during the polar vortex events. So the question is: Are we going to have mild weather for the next 2-3 years? If so, we can probably get through it. But if we have more extreme weather events, like we had this winter, and that power is no longer available, we could be in a real situation that’s not good for consumers.
Platts Energy Week: Are regional blackouts a possibility?
FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller: They are a possibility.
When Moeller refers to a wave of coal-fired power plants that are “set to retire next April,” he is talking about the consequences of EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, also known as the Utility MACT, which will shutter up to a quarter of the nation’s coal power capacity starting in the spring of 2015, according to a recent EIA analysis.
In the interview, Moeller is warning that many of the coal plants in the northeast that are slated for retirement were called into service during the unusually cold winter of 2013-2014. Had they not been available, electricity and heating costs would have “skyrocketed,” to borrow from President Obama’s energy phrasebook. For more, see this recent New York Times article, whose headline says it all: “Coal to the Rescue, But Maybe Not Next Winter.”
How, exactly, is the EPA justifying this foolish (and potentially dangerous) regulation?
The EPA claims it is protecting a population of pregnant subsistence fisherwomen, who consume hundreds of pounds of fish from exclusively the most polluted inland bodies of fresh water.
In addition to this looming threat to keeping the lights on, EPA’s Utility MACT will cost $10 billion annually. Both the agency and industry agree on this figure, which renders the regulation one of the most expensive ever.
And for what? Surely, there must have been some awesome threat to public health, in order to justify such staggering costs and dire ramifications, right? Wrong.
The actual justification for the Utility MACT, one of the most expensive and consequential regulations of all time, is to protect a supposed population of pregnant subsistence fisherwomen, who consume hundreds of pounds of self-caught fish from exclusively the most polluted inland bodies of fresh water.
I guess its time to pick up a natural gas-powered whole home generator.