Obama’s War On Coal Is Going To Kill Jobs And Sent Electricty Rates ‘Skyrocketing’

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The General James M. Gavin coal plant on the Ohio RiverWhen Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, he stated that under his plan “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket”.  Well, now it looks like he is finally getting around to keeping his promise.  New EPA rules that are designed to cripple the coal industry could send electricity rates soaring by up to 40 percent in many rural areas.  And even though we have enough coal in the ground to provide hundreds of years of energy at current levels of consumption, Obama’s plan is going to force large numbers of coal plants to completely shut down because they are simply going to become too expensive to operate.  If Americans living in rural communities didn’t care for Obama before, they really are not going to like him much when these new EPA regulations start kicking in.


Most people don’t remember this, but Barack Obama was very clear about what he intended to do to the coal industry even before he was elected the first time.  According to fact-checking site Politifact, Obama did tell the San Francisco Chronicle that “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” if he had his way…

It didn’t take us long to find Barack Obama’s original quote, which came from a videotaped interview he did with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board very early in the presidential campaign, January 2008.

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” Obama told the Chronicle . “Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”

Fortunately, political expediency and the Republicans in Congress have blocked a lot of what Obama intended to do up until now.

But at this point Obama is a lame duck president that does not have another election to worry about.  So now he can start pushing a lot of things that he may have been hesitant to do so before for political reasons.

Unfortunately, this little pet project of Obama’s is going to end up costing millions of U.S. consumers a lot of money.  In fact, it is being projected that the new EPA rules could raise electricity rates in some rural areas by up to 40 percent

At least six electric cooperative utilities across the U.S. mid-and-southwest could raise electricity rates up to 40 percent if the Environmental Protection Agency imposes new permitting regulations on coal-fired power plants.

The regulations would cost Deseret Power Electric Cooperative (DPEC) $200 million to install advanced equipment to qualify for a Clean Air Act Title V permit.

DPEC is made up of six rural electrical cooperatives that serve more than 45,000 customers in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado. Rural cooperatives have been heavily opposed to excessive EPA regulations targeting coal plants, which they say raise rates for their customers.


And it turns out that “Obamacare for the air” is going to be far more harsh than many of Obama’s toughest critics even anticipated…

Administrator McCarthy’s draconian proposals are turning out to be even worse than many critics expected. In a May 30 commentary, the Cato Institute’s Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, who is past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and a research professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia for 30 years, speculated that the new regulations would most likely require a 20-percent reduction in allowable carbon dioxide emissions. “The only way this will be possible,” he said, “will be by upgrading almost all combustion units, and the ultimate cost of the upgrades will make coal noncompetitive with much-less-expensive natural gas–fired facilities.”

But, lo and behold, when McCarthy released the new regulatory proposal it was far worse, mandating a 30-percent reduction in CO2 emissions.

“Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy and our way of life,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, in announcing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. “This plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids.”

But this is not just about cleaner air.

The truth is that this is what Obama always intended – a war on coal.

For example, back in 2008 candidate Obama made the following statement regarding coal…

“So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

And a key environmental adviser to Obama, Professor Daniel Schrag, said the following during an interview with the New York Times

“Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

This is extremely unfortunate, because we have enough coal to help meet our energy needs for a very, very long time.  According to an article by William F. Jasper, the federal government admits that we have enough coal to last us approximately 250 more years…

According to the federal Energy Information Agency (EIA), 45 percent of the country’s annual four trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity are generated from coal. And, says the EIA, we have a Demonstrated Reserve Base of 496 billion short tons of coal, of which 272 billion tons are considered recoverable with current technology. With U.S. usage at 1.1 billion tons per year, we have about 250 years’ supply at the present rate of consumption.

But instead, these new EPA regulations are going to force coal plants to shut down all over the nation, and the rest will be forced to raise rates substantially.

According to a Reuters article from last year, it was being projected that more than 200 coal plants would be shut down in the United States over the next decade.

And now that these new EPA regulations are much harsher than anticipated, it is inevitable that the number of coal plants that will end up closing will be much higher than that.

At a time when the U.S. economy is already struggling, this is something that we do not need.

In the end, thousands of good jobs will be lost and U.S. consumers will be shelling out millions of dollars more for electricity than they otherwise should have thanks to Obama’s war on coal.

Hopefully someone out there will fight these regulations while there is still time to do so.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    Always take a progressive at his word when he says he intends to do you harm. ‘By any means necessary’ is core to their philosophy.

  • Captain Canuck

    There should be a war coal. Look at the smog in China.

    • K2

      In china yes, but not in the US.

      • Captain Canuck

        Hahahahaha! You’re right, the USA is exempt from the laws of physics and thermodynamics. You people are all brain dead.

        • K2

          What i said doesnt imply that you i****t. Drastic measures should be taken when the effects are drastic.

          Moderate to mild pollution control measures should be placed if the pollution is moderate to mild. ‘War on coal’ implies drastic measures

  • DJohn1

    You are right, he is a lame duck President that doesn’t have to worry about being re-elected.
    In order to do anything he has to have the cooperation of the Congress at some point in time. They DO have to worry about getting re-elected.
    The charges I predicted would come could become a lot more serious if Democratic members of Congress vote FOR impeachment instead of against impeachment. So upsetting a Democrat in Congress just because it doesn’t directly effect the President might not be such a great idea.
    Right now there are people out there that claim he is using a false Social Security Number owned by a dead man.
    There are people looking into his college scholarship. He claimed foreign scholarship funds when going to college? Well that is what is being said.
    There are claims he used a different name other than the one he is know as. Matter of fact, I think he has been disbarred on the basis of using a false name instead of his real one.
    Then there is the birth certificate. There are claims of forgery.
    That he might not even have been born on USA Territory.
    There is a lot of smoke out there for someone not to have a forest fire. The excuse has been that Republicans do not have the votes to have him impeached.
    None of us are in a position to say how much truth is behind these stories.
    That is not to mention any number of other things surrounding this President and we all know about those things. Like telling our troops to stand down while an ambassador was killed.
    All of this is not being taken serious enough in our Congress because the political power is with the President’s party right now.
    After November, all that might change.
    Taking this country down a road that leads to economic disaster for a lot of people on the borderline of bankruptcy just does not seem to be a wise thing to do under the circumstances. You are right. He doesn’t need to worry about votes anymore. But the party that supports him is turning into accessory after the fact. And that is something he doesn’t need to be responsible for right now.
    I suggest that the EPA might find itself sitting out in the proverbial cold if the right people in the judicial branch go against them.
    And there is plenty of reason to rewrite the entire law upon which this agency is based. Anytime you have an agency based on 3 semi-truck loads of regulations and confusing law besides that might contradict itself over and over again, you have an issue with constitutionality. In zoning, that would be enough to throw the entire law off the books and start over.
    The other problem is checks and balances. Any law that gives an agency uncontrolled power over everyone without checks and balances in place is a law that needs to be revised or rewritten.
    There is more than one way for a people to rebel against unfair government. One way is at the election booth.

    • Paul

      If you still feel you can change the mess your in by the election booth, I really feel sorry for you. It is too late.

      • DJohn1

        If both houses of Congress become Republican at the next election then the entire ballgame changes. That is the power of the election booth. It all comes down to who counts the votes.

      • Gay Veteran


    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Could we get the truth one day after all?

      Judge Rules The Government Must Respond In Regard To Obama’s Fake SSN



      • DJohn1

        Think about it. I am as surprised as you are that a Judge ruled this way. How many people are responsible if fraud is proved?
        Questions like how did he ever get elected to any office in the first place if it is true?
        The coverup would have to be multiple layers of government and poltiics so crooked as to be something that could never even be written in fiction it is so difficult to understand.
        The only thing that would make sense would be a coverup. They would have to cover it from day one. So now it gets exposed 6 years later? Don’t think it is going to happen.
        If it did, then Obama would have to resign to keep all the multiple layers of deceit from being exposed and a lot of people might go to jail.
        Then you get into who is President next. Is the VIce President implicated as well? Would the Presidency go to the Speaker of the House?

        I would suggest they will go to any length to keep that from happening.

        • jaxon64

          Even more interesting while we are simply hypothesizing…….
          If it does turn out that BO has a forged SS number and no legality as a citizen…..
          1) Will all of his “presidential edicts” aka Executive orders become null and void?…how about all of the evil bills that he signed into law such as o-care, NDAA etc etc
          2) Could he be sent to prison? Not just for the forged documents and illegality of his political career, but how about the IRS goes after him for filing fraudulant tax returns under a falsified SS#?
          ….this would be VERY disruptive…if people will riot over Rodney King and OJ, I suspect that we’d see full scale meltdown on the inner city streets of the USA.

          • DJohn1

            Very good analysis!
            You have just described why the political parties are so reluctant to impeach.

  • K

    Yet one more way, to kill off the middle class. While mining coal is a horrible job. The pay is usually decent, so more working class jobs gone. Also prices on everything must rise, to further kill off the middle class. It is all about control.

    • Kim

      I’m wondering at this point if it’s not about elimination.

      • K

        Not quite elimination. Even during feudal times, there was a 7% merchant class. Similar to middle class, or even upper class in a few cases. They will always need people to help them obtain, the things they want. They will also need some level of scientists, and craftsmen. I suspect the new middle class will make up 12% of a greatly reduced population.

  • krinks

    In the UK fuel taxes are so high that the old and the poor have to try to survive the winter without heat. This was well known before Obama re-election. The drones voted him back in anyway. Screw them. The American old and poor deserve to freeze to death in the winter. Eventually they should get what they keep asking for.

  • E

    Of coarse Tesla should naturally still be considered a quack. After all the elite have nothing to fear from “free” clean energy right? Consider all the jobs that would be affected if the population was provided clean free energy.

  • kfilly

    I hope the dumba$$es that voted for him have their power go out. I hope they suffer due to the air conditioning not working, being unable to watch their favorite TV show, and have their lights shut off at inopportune times. I hope they suffer immensely so they realize that “Hope and Change” really meant “Hope and Chains”.

  • DJohn1

    What if you have someone painted into a corner and that person is the President of the United States. The question becomes how much is too much? IF someone figures they are going to be ousted anyway, why not just do whatever you want to do with what time you have left?
    What does the man have to lose?
    There are issues out there right now that could end up in impeachment. But if they occur with a democrat controlled Congress there is a chance to supress it. If it is a republican controlled Congress, not so much.

    So what happens between now and January 2015 when a new congress takes office?
    Clinton did this. He pardoned a rich man hiding in Switzerland just before he left office. The votes were not there to kick him out of office even with articles of impeachment.
    How does all this change if Joe BIden is the new President? Will he be implicated? If so, you have a President and VIce President gone and a Republican in the White House. You have both houses of Congress in Republican hands.
    At that point in time, the issue is put up or shut up for the Republicans. With a clear majority of government, they have no excuse like they have now.

    The question becomes what will they do if they are in power?

    • Gay Veteran

      “…The question becomes what will they do if they are in power?”

      Nothing. The 2 parties are 2 heads of the same beast. Haven’t you figured that out by now? Why do you think we are kept divided by issues like abortion, gay marriage, immigration,etc. You have the illusion of choice, brought to you by the people who really control the nation ( banksters, military-industrial complex, corporate oligarchs, etc.)

      • DJohn1

        I generally agree with you that they are both puppets with one master.
        If impeachment is going to happen, that master has been double crossed. The republican puppet is going to have to make a show of changing things even if they keep things pretty much the same. As to the puppet master, it has to be one of the powerful rich people controlling things.
        The banksters, military-industrial complex, and coporate oligarchs, etc. also are being controlled.
        The next step is a banruptcy and it will hit all the banks. All the pensions in the country will go under at that time. So will the welfare state go with it. I suggest there will be a nationalising of all the pensions to keep paying people.
        Out of the ashes of that time, there will rise a person similar to Hitler.
        At least that is what I see happening. I might be wrong.

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Why do you think we are kept divided
        And of course, there you always are parroting the nonsense left wing talking points at every argument and supporting their fascism so maybe you should just STFU about control, because you’re clearly for it.

        • Gay Veteran

          hey Einstein, did you ever look up the definition of hypocrisy?
          no? look into the mirror since you want to turn women into slaves.

          but keep on believing the “left”/”right” BS like a good little sheeple

  • LJE

    Coal is dirty, I hate to admit Obama being right about anything, given his general falseness. Of course it will put up prices, but he could also introduce a subsidy for the poor so people can keep the lights on. Huge investment in solar, hydro and windpower is needed, which might help replace coal jobs, but that’s unlikely. Fossil fuels have no future in the world but as usual the ordinary citizens will pay for the transition while the rich just enjoy themselves.

    • Kim

      Not to be too much of a drama queen, but ordinary citizens will certainly pay for the transition away from fossils fuels–with their lives. There will be no ordinary citizens left because too much of our existence (survival) is utterly and hopelessly dependent on fossil fuel.

      I agree it’s unlikely that any green/alt fuel or alt fuel combination will not only not replace any lost coal -industry jobs, but neither will it meet any future energy demand. Not even close.

  • Kim

    I wonder if this decision is based on the myth (lie more like it) that fracking will produce “100(s) of years of natural gas” (Obama’s words). They’ve already dismissed the Monterey, California shale play as “unrecoverable”. This was the play that was supposed to bring 10s of billions of tax revenue to the state of California. It died before it ever got off the ground.

    I see this “assault on coal” as a temporary move. Human kind will burn every type of hydrocarbon available until none is available any longer or it becomes economically inefficient to do so. It’s only logical.

    Right now, the Saudis are being called on to increase oil production to make up for a 1) shortfall from other OPEC members and 2) increased world demand. I highly doubt the Saudis can keep up, but we’ll see. Eventually, we may turn to synthetic oil made from coal once it becomes clear that world oil production has peaked and will not increase corresponding to consumption and demand.

  • DerpDerp

    Last month, I started buying/building my solar/wind farm. It’s small to start, only 650 watts so far. But I plan on adding to it as I am able. In a year or so, I figure a good portion of my electricity in the home will be from my own renewable sources. Electricity rates may rise, but it’s only bad if you’re still on the public utilities.

  • NickITF

    Best thing to do is lock in a fixed rate before the winter I use http://enerlock.com but you can find a bunch online