In a deep and direct assault on the economy, EPA is set to issue strangling regulations on carbon emissions. The rule gets around the unwillingness of Congress to set in motion such destructive legislation. EPA expects to issue the rule on June 2.
The new rule will have more destructive effect on energy-producing states than they do on improving the climate, according to American Thinker. The new regulations target existing powerplants in a dramatic effort to change the energy industry away from coal to wind, solar, and natural gas.
Coal-fired power plants will likely be regulated out of business, leaving the states that produce that rich resource, such as West Virginia, Kentucky, and Louisiana, to endure serious economic hardships first. The “war on coal” then can trickle down to the rest of the economy in terms of increased job loss, higher unemployment, and sharp increases in energy costs for all Americans.
Even Democrats in coal states malign the new rule, citing that fossil fuels are what kept their people warm in last winter’s extraordinary cold.
- The rule has been denounced as an “out-of-touch Washington regulation” by Kentucky Democrat, Alison Grimes.
- West Virginia Democrat Rep. Nick Rahall cited the EPA as a “callous, ideologically driven agency [that]continues to be numb to the economic pain that their reckless regulations cause.”
- Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, is poised to join Republicans in strapping the rule.
The power of the White House trumps reactionary opposition to the rule from both sides of the isle. Our national leadership has initiated an all-out campaign to ramp up the global warming hype with willful compliance by the MSM mouthpiece. Scheduled for prime time include
- One-on-one interviews of President Obama with meteorologist personalities of the MSM
- Enhanced media reporting of extreme weather events across the nation
- Fear mongering of predicted catastrophic effects issued by government friendly agencies
All this occurs in the absence of any global warming in 17 years, no rise in sea level, nor any increase in frequency or severity of storms. For all of the emissions regulations already on the books, no effect on climate has actually been observed. Americans wonder what effect the new rule will have besides wrecking the nation’s economy and their lives.