Consequences of EPA’s War on Coal
May 8, 2012
very real consequences to the Environmental Protection Agency’s
efforts to undermine America’s coal industry. Those consequences were
spotlighted in an industry-produced video (watch the video below)
Tworek owns a sports bar in Omaha, Nebraska. “Our energy bills are
Tworek explains. The bar has to keep its cooling facilities running
keep all of its beer cold. If “we can’t cool our product, we don’t make
Tworek says. “It’s as simple as that.”
The bar is
Tworek’s livelihood. “This is how we live,” she says. “This is how we
a coal-intensive state. According to the video, 71% of the state’s
from coal. And while the state has the 11th lowest electricity costs in
nation, Tworek says “prices seem to continually go up.”
If the EPA
has its way, those price hikes will only intensify. For the first time
the agency has classified carbon dioxide, the chemical compound that
vegetative life, as a “pollutant.” Using the resulting authority over
emission regulations, the EPA now plans restrictions on coal power
are so stringent, they will likely herald the demise of coal’s role in
plants would effectively be banned because their emission rate is
that of the proposed standard,” explains Bloomberg’s Rob Barnett in a
report (subscription required).
coal is such a cheap source of electricity – by far the cheapest,
the Energy Information Administration – increases in the price of coal
on by declining production would likely lead to significantly higher
electricity consumers. States such as Nebraska, which are particularly
on coal, would be hit hardest.
EPA regulations are hiking prices for other sources of electricity.
to a study by consulting company NERA conducted last year, EPA policies
$52 billion to Americans’ electricity bills by 2022.
higher energy bills for Maria Tworek and everyone else who buys
There are real, human consequences of electricity price hikes,
policymakers would do well to keep in mind.
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