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.

8 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

  5. Molly Maguire says:

    It’s 2018, and black lung disease is on the rise in Appalachia. https://grist.org/briefly/its-2018-and-black-lung-disease-is-on-the-rise-in-appalachia/ Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) looked at three federally funded clinics between 2013 and 2017 and documented the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease — ever. In that time period, the clinics treated 416 coal miners primarily from Virginia and Kentucky with complicated black lung, the most advanced stage of the disease.
    Not only are coal miners experiencing an uptick in the most fatal form of black lung, they’re also being diagnosed at a younger age. “There’s an unacceptably large number of younger miners who have end-stage disease,” lead researcher David J. Blackley told the New York Times. “The only choice is to get a lung transplant or wait it out and die.” https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/22/climate/black-lung-resurgence.html This new study follows a 2016 NPR investigation revealing that the number of cases of black lung in central Appalachia was likely much higher than NIOSH’s official count. https://www.npr.org/2016/12/15/505577680/advanced-black-lung-cases-surge-in-appalachia Why? After exhausting thicker seams, today’s miners have to dig more deeply into rock to unearth coal. The combination of coal dust and silica dust from cutting into rock is a deadlier concoction than what plagued miners in the past.”

    • Lunger says:

      “Breathless and Burdened” (Center for Public Integrity https://www.publicintegrity.org/environment/breathless-and-burdened “This yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing number of miners are turning to a system that was supposed to help alleviate their suffering. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.” .pdf @ https://cloudfront-files-1.publicintegrity.org/documents/pdfs/CPI+Breathless+and+Burdened.pdf
      Also: A coal exec sued John Oliver for calling him a ‘geriatric Dr. Evil.’ A judge tossed the case.
      Being criticized by a giant squirrel named Mr. Nutterbutter wasn’t defamation, a judge rules. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/john-oliver-sued-coal-exec-robert-murray-late-show-12710152.php Murray Energy spokesman Gary Broadbent blasted the dismissal and said the company planned to appeal the decision. “This decision contains absolutely no legal reasoning, whatsoever, and instead blindly adopts the Defendants’ deeply flawed arguments,” Broadbent said in an email. “This is a flagrant disregard of the law, the facts, and the substantial damages intentionally inflicted by the Defendants. Clearly, this decision is detrimental to our employees, who rely on Mr. Murray and Murray Energy for their continued livelihoods, and to our lenders, customers, and suppliers who depend on our integrity and performance.”

  6. Update says:

    “The Trump administration is escalating an effort to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry with a planned move next week to replace restrictive Obama-era climate policies with new rules designed to help coal-burning plants run harder and stay open longer.” (Fox News/Wall Street Journal 8/18/18) http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/19/trump-set-to-roll-back-restrictions-on-coal-burning-power-plants.html “The proposed new rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans is expected to release within days, would be the latest in a series of reversals of policies the Obama administration adopted to slow climate change. It would replace the agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan for the electricity business with regulations that cede power to states, and could ultimately lead to more heat-trapping gases going into the atmosphere even as it sets parameters to boost efficiency at coal-fired power plants.
    And yet plummeting costs of cleaner fuels including natural gas, wind and solar in recent years have driven consumers and power companies away from coal so dramatically, they may blunt the proposal’s ultimate effect” [except of course the consequences of releasing millions more tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere].

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