Coal and utility industries relieved new EPA emissions rules weren't worse


Representatives of the coal and utility industries criticized proposed new U.S. emissions rules for power plants, but WSJ reports that some were relieved the outcome wasn't worse.

The industries had been hoping the EPA would apply emission reduction standards from a baseline of 2005, and they feared the EPA draft would use a more recent, and thus tougher-to-meet baseline, but the Obama administration decided on 2005 after all.

Coal-fired power plants won't have much difficulty meeting the EPA's mandate for a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, an industry lobbyist says, since carbon emissions from coal plants have dropped 14% since 2005 (also).

However, coal companies and electric plants remain concerned about an earlier deadline to reduce emissions 25% by 2020; other big consumers of power, such as steel mills, say they too could have a tough time with the new rules.

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Comments (17)
  • SoldHigh
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    Given all the damage Obama's EPA has already done to destroy the coal industry, I doubt this news provides any relief to those who have lost their jobs and can't find new ones.

     

    The EPA should perform assessments of the number of jobs lost and economic damage done before issuing new regs.
    2 Jun 2014, 09:20 PM Reply Like
  • vireoman
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    Given all the damage the coal industry has inflicted on the environment, human health, the climate, and the air we breathe, the news from the Obama EPA should provide relief to all those that care about the welfare of future generations.
    2 Jun 2014, 10:57 PM Reply Like
  • Hoang6
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    Well said, vireoman!
    2 Jun 2014, 11:11 PM Reply Like
  • Stone Fox Capital
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    Coal is a mixed bag... without cheap electricity where would we be as a country... its well documented that people without access to power live a lower quality of live.
    2 Jun 2014, 11:43 PM Reply Like
  • SanDiegoNonSurfer
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    Mountaintop removal (by coal companies) is the main reason coal mining jobs have declined. It only takes a few people to do mountaintop removal. Saves coal companies a lot of money because they don't need miners for that.
    3 Jun 2014, 01:19 AM Reply Like
  • John Grandits
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    If the EPA really wanted to destroy the coal industry they would have used 2014/2015 as the baseline for CO2 reduction and also imposed limits on coal exports that will be moved by the ton everyday via rail, emitting more CO2 in the process than any coal fired plant. These new reductions are entirely reasonable and a step we should be taking to show the rest of the world we are serious about dealing with greenhouse gas levels.
    3 Jun 2014, 01:48 AM Reply Like
  • gatlingg
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    you must have been sleeping the past decade; it isn't Obama nor the EPA that has caused the decline in big coal it is fracking and nat'l gas. cheaper, more efficient. the industry doesn't help itself with coal miner deaths (ignoring massive safety violations) and the water pollution they have recently been causing.
    3 Jun 2014, 06:49 AM Reply Like
  • tstreet
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    As if this is the only source of power.
    3 Jun 2014, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • tstreet
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    Thanks for the reality based comment. Coal companies use jobs as a meme but in reality they are determined to employ as few people as possible.
    3 Jun 2014, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • tstreet
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    Well, actually, the coal industry should be destroyed as soon as possible.
    3 Jun 2014, 10:47 AM Reply Like
  • alexscagileri
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    obviously the tremendous strength in the dollar and the truly impressive recovery in consumer demand has been a major boon as well. We've really never had it so good with interest rates this low and the price gold and silver collapsing.

     

    Banks are extending trillions in credit...every economist agrees "it's full steam ahead" (so to speak.)
    2 Jun 2014, 10:24 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    It's nice to see his rules adversely hit the economy after he leaves office. This also fits his tactic on Obamacare which he is ever changing its full implementation to take place further and further out. If what he is doing is so good why doesn't he implement them in his term. Simply put, he wants the benefit of supporting his constituency and financial backers without dealing with the horrific aftermath.

     

    Unfortunately, Americans don't have the luxury of avoiding the horrific costs of his policy givaways as he sells out American's well being as he makes giveaways to specific lobbyists at the cost to all Americans. This is cowardice at its worst.

     

    I won't even go on to comment about releasing a military defector looking for the Al Qaeda who ended up getting other soldiers killed searching for him at the cost of setting free a bunch of America' worst enemies who will undoubtedly incur more death and destruction on America in the future.

     

    Obama must be called on to face his errors in judgment while he is President. Perhaps then he will think about America and not his campaign coffers for once.

     

    And for all those who think I'm just against democrats, I pour utter distaste on Bush Jr. who ruined Bush Sr. legacy to be equally fair against the awful state of recent American Presidents.
    3 Jun 2014, 03:30 AM Reply Like
  • Joe Lunchbox
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    >Unfortunately, Americans don't have the luxury of avoiding the horrific costs of his policy givaways as he sells out American's well being as he makes giveaways to specific lobbyists at the cost to all Americans.<

     

    They all do that. That's why we have the best government that money can buy.
    3 Jun 2014, 03:59 AM Reply Like
  • gatlingg
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    apparently you choose to ignore federal rule making rules: public comment, industry appeals, final rulemaking then months later implementation of the rules.
    you also choose to ignore 97.5% of climatologists in the world who cite that the current climate change (and mass extinction) is caused by us & the massive amounts of carbon we are emitting
    3 Jun 2014, 06:59 AM Reply Like
  • SanDiegoNonSurfer
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    >>"giveaways to specific lobbyists"<<

     

    What deep-pocket lobbyists do you imagine are pushing for stricter emission standards?
    3 Jun 2014, 09:43 AM Reply Like
  • tstreet
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    Go TAN!
    3 Jun 2014, 10:48 AM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Good for solar not so good for coal
    3 Jun 2014, 03:41 AM Reply Like
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