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Obama Regulations To Shut Down 40 Percent Of Nation’s Electricity

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Obama administration regulations could force power plants that make 40 percent of the nation’s electricity to shut down.

At issue are EPA restrictions on emissions that would close hundreds of coal-burning power plants which represent around 40 percent of the nation’s electricity.

If that wasn’t bad enough, some observers think the regulations could double electricity rates for average households. The rates would increase because utilities would have to pass the cost onto ratepayers of replacing coal burning power plants or modernizing them to comply with the regulations.

The EPA rules — Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants — are part of Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which the agency says contribute to global warming.

Obama Admitted Plan Would Raise Electricity Rates

There is some evidence that President Obama has a deliberate strategy of increasing electricity rates and destroying the coal industry.

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” Obama told the editorial board of The San Francisco Chronicle in 2008. “Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to, retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them,” Obama said, “because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

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Obama’s prediction about coal plants have been proven true. As Off The Grid News previously reported, in October 2013, FirstEnergy Corp announced that it would shut down two coal-fired powered plants in Pennsylvania because it said the cost of complying with EPA regulations was too high.

Reuters estimated that coal-burning power plants capable of generating 15,000 megawatts of electricity have shut down since Obama took office in 2009. The news service also estimates that power plants that generate around 37,000 megawatts of power will close in the next 10 years. One megawatt can provide electricity to up to about 1,000 homes.

Awfully Expensive Electricity

Those plants will be closing at a time when demand for electricity is increasing. That will force utilities to build power plants that burn other fuels such as natural gas. It will add additional cost to electricity rates at a time when the rates are already going up dramatically.

“It could get awfully expensive,” Daniel Simmons of the Institute for Energy Research told World Net Daily. “Some people might see their electricity rates double. If there’s no backup power plants, that means electricity is going to get awfully expensive when you have shortages around the country.

Another Obama Plan To Raise Your Electric Bill

“We’re talking about dramatically increasing the cost of electricity all to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. I think that is the real goal,” Simmons said.

Another Obama administration plan to reduce greenhouse emissions, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, or CSS technology, could raise electricity costs even more, Simmons predicted. He noted that a an experimental CSS power plant in the United States will cost an estimated $4.3 billion to build and the EPA doesn’t know if the technology would work.

“The technology is awfully expensive because it hasn’t been tried anywhere, and that’s to try to capture the carbon dioxide as it comes out after they burn the coal.” Simmons said of CSS.

CSS involves the use of filters to divert carbon emissions from the air – and every taxpaying American will pay. The CSS plants under construction will require $300 million in taxpayer subsidies.

US Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has been critical of the Obama administration’s policy on coal.

“This Administration is trying to hold the coal industry to impossible standards,” Manchin said. “Never before has the federal government forced an industry to do something that is technologically impossible. Forcing coal to meet nearly the same emissions standards as gas when experts know that the required technology is not operational on a commercial scale makes absolutely no sense and will have devastating impacts to the coal industry and our economy.”

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  1. It’s about time. The sooner we get off the burning coal, oil and “natural” gas for energy the better. If the nuke plants were in the “tighten up” crew I’d be VERY happy. The technology is here to tap into the sun, wind, geothermal, wave power…. and that doesn’t mention Mr. Tesla’s contributions. I’m neither dem or repub.. I don’t believe in the left?/right? theater of b.s. The technology is available, only tight restrictions will make the addicted change.

    • You are so miss informed on the amount of money this takes to put in place as the rest of THE WORLD SHARES THE SAME AIR & WATER and could care less as it grinds ahead of America and laughs at our stupid presidents regulations. The world will continue to move ahead of America with no regulations, impossible rules and paperwork to holdback their businesses all while stealing the jobs from our country. Americans are paying for failures from this Whitehouse we can not afford as we are all already paying 30% tax out of our paychecks and struggle to live. Jobs a few and far between and as they continue to choke out any company by over regulation hoping what to show the World look at us we are living in the dark but we are clean? After every car is off the road, everyone without power, every food we grow altered by greed adding GMOs to make more faster, every livestock gone to stop green house gases will you all be happy to have the Whitehouse telling you when to eat, sleep, and function? Make sure you are clearly informed about the cost you will pay to keep indorsing this mindset and allowing the waste in this Whitehouse to steal from all of us with no accountibilty as they destroy our lives that were built on the backs of all of our forefathers.

  2. And what are folks supposed to pay their electricity bills with in the meantime? Last time I checked, real unumployment rates are north of 15%, and money is tight pretty much everywhere. Large scale alternative energy generation tech is NOT really viable yet. It is hugely expensive and prone to breakdowns. The current best bet is grid tied solar…but that doesn’t do much in the winter in places that don’t have sunny winters.

    Can you afford to have your energy bill double, just to serve the myth of global warming?

  3. The article didn’t mention the large loss of jobs associated the shut down of the older coal burning power plants. These shut downs will affect the plants as well as the coal mines, the supply chain and the towns around them. While at the same time causing the electricity prices in that area to spike because they now have to pay for electricity from some other source. Large unemployment with large increases in utility costs. How is this helping the American people?

  4. Really poorly thought-out article. It’s points out that Senator Joe Manchin “has been critical of the Obama administration’s policy on coal,” but have they forgotten 2 weeks ago when a chemical use to treat coal poisoned part of West Virginia’s water supply? Obviously, with any industry’s demise, there will be common people affected, however, this particular industry is one that needs to go for the sake of our children and our children’s’ children.

    Plus, THIS IS AN OFF THE GRID WEBSITE! How does this legislation hinder anything having to do with being off of the grid?

  5. Don’t all of you know that we are only allowed to here just what the Whitehouse wants us to believe on the standard news channels. If you get up at 4:30am to work like I do you would put on Fox and here stories of what is really going on behind our backs. There are so many avenues to use to view and read the piece by piece dismanteling of life in America. When we shutdown from over regulation in this country do you think the rest of the WORLD will lend a helping hand? They will laugh and say you stupid Americans sent us your grain, our children in the peace & americor helpers, fought wars to protect their countries, sent fighter jets,and helicopters,educated their students for a quarter of what our kids had to pay then gave them jobs. They will laugh as we are so over regulated that jobs, power ,food , and our GOD given right to happiness is gone. We pay almost half of our paychecks to this government with no accountability on their part. There can be inspections on business to keep things safe so think about all the agencies we have in government might they start doing their jobs because the rest of us are working hard and trying to hang on while they have parties on tax payer dollars and collect their government pensions with lifetime healthcare. Do you all think that in the boom time in this country any of those that helped us build the best country in the world would look at us now and not cry?

  6. Costs for energy are bound to go go up eventually. I don’t think “peak oil” will be as dramatic as a policy shift driven increase. One thing people don’t think about is the NEW jobs created with new technology .

  7. A Real National Security Threat…

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