Pimp for Big Coal will repeal Clean Power Plan — that is until American Voters tire of dying for profiteers


You know damned well neither Trump nor Pruitt live near here

❝ Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky on Monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, “The war against coal is over…”

A 43-page draft of the proposal, which was obtained by The Washington Post and other news outlets last week, argues that the agency overstepped its legal authority in seeking to force utilities to reduce carbon emissions outside their actual facilities to meet federal emissions targets. It does not offer a replacement plan for regulating emissions of carbon dioxide, which the Supreme Court has ruled that the EPA is obligated to do. Rather, the agency said it plans to seek public input on how best to cut emissions from natural-gas and coal-fired power plants…

None of which involves science or the reality and results of carbon pollution.

❝ “With this news, Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt will go down in infamy for launching one of the most egregious attacks ever on public health, our climate, and the safety of every community in the United States,” Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement. “He’s proposing to throw out a plan that would prevent thousands of premature deaths and tens of thousands of childhood asthma attacks every year.”

RTFA for the details. The POST fulfills the All-American requirement for a certain amount of sophistry; so, you shall, of course, encounter the required percentage of lies from the Trump government, the Republican Party and other pimps for coal profiteers.

I rely not only on current science for my condemnation of this crappola; but, my own childhood growing up in a New England factory town powered entirely by coal. Two of the three biggest factories in town were just uphill from my neighborhood. Breakouts of coal gas from the private power plants providing electricity to those plants were common enough, dangerous enough to lay bodies low on the streets and sidewalks of the neighborhood. The factories were required to have sirens in place to activate in such instances. Not a big deal. They were leftover from the War.

Nothing else was done until the introduction of natural gas to our city. The switchover saved money for the factory owners so, of course, it was done. Only incidentally were the sirens finally removed as no longer needed.

5 thoughts on “Pimp for Big Coal will repeal Clean Power Plan — that is until American Voters tire of dying for profiteers

  1. Molly says:

    “Coal. Guns. Freedom? How the Trump administration has seized mythologies around coal.” http://www.hcn.org/articles/coal-how-the-trump-administration-has-seized-mythologies-around-coal
    Researchers discover potentially harmful nanoparticles produced through burning coal https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/vt-rdp080217.php Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small airborne particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide with the potential to be toxic to humans. The particulates — known as titanium suboxide nanoparticles — are unintentionally produced as coal is burned, creating these tiniest of particles, as small as 100 millionths of a meter, said the Virginia Tech-led team. When the particles are introduced into the air — unless captured by high-tech particle traps — they can float away from power plant stacks and travel on air currents locally, regionally, and even globally. The findings are published in the latest issue of Nature Communications

  2. keaneo says:

    The whole of Congress should be moved to the methane cesspool in the Four Corners. Give ’em part-time jobs shoveling coal into outdated power plants for their re-election funds.

  3. Up in smoke says:

    A new Union of Concerned Scientists report, “A Dwindling Role for Coal,” finds that between 2008 and 2016, 17 percent of U.S. coal capacity retired, while another 4 percent converted to other fuels, mostly natural gas (see interactive map) http://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/coal-and-other-fossil-fuels/coal-transition#.Wd5UKBNSxgp
    Inside the Coal War Games https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10102017/trump-coal-clean-power-plan-epa-renewable-energy-wind-solar-pruitt-perry See also https://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2017/10/up-smoke-0

  4. Genocide says:

    “Beyond EPA’s Clean Power decision: Climate action window could close as early as 2023” (University of Michigan 10/11/17) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uom-bec101117.php As the Trump administration repeals the U.S. Clean Power Plan, a new study from the University of Michigan underscores the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions–from both environmental and economic perspectives.
    For the U.S.’s most energy-hungry sectors–automotive and electricity–the study identifies timetables for action, after which the researchers say it will be too late to stave off a climate tipping point. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.7b01295
    Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn (July 2017) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, eschews the normally sober tone of scientific papers and calls the massive loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization”. http://www.pnas.org/content/114/30/E6089

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