Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Yup. EPA Wants to Kill the Upper Midwest Dead

You've been hearing about this for months.  BOHICA!!

The Environmental Protection Agency sent a message Wednesday to states that don't want to develop plans to reduce carbon emissions at power plants: If you don't come up with your own way to do this, we'll implement one for you.

EPA has issued a proposed regulation that would require electric utilities to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The agency will issue a final rule for existing power plants in mid-summer, according to Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's office of air and radiation. Rules for new and modified power plants will be issued at the same time....

For practical purposes, that will eliminate coal-fired plants, as there is no extant technology which will achieve these reductions for those installations, which are principally found in the Upper Midwest (the "Rust Belt").  It will also virtually eliminate coal mining--and thousands of jobs therein--in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Southern Illinois, and possibly Idaho and Montana.

And by the way, "carbon emissions" are what you exhale.  So another route for this asinine reg will be to simply slaughter the populations of the Upper Midwestern States.

Or you could freeze to death.  'S OK with EPA.

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