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EPA Impoverishing Seniors

DanPictureTLC20062-768x1024from Tribune-Review – The American people registered their disapproval of President Obama’s policies in the midterm elections. This means EPA’s proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in new and existing power plants needs to be entirely re-evaluated with a commonsense approach.

Congress and this administration need to take into account the adverse financial impact upon millions on fixed and lower incomes who are already suffering from rising electricity costs and decreased reliability from past EPA regulations, and will face even more cost increases and electricity failures from these proposed regulations.

EPA should not continue to gloss over the fact that all Americans have been paying for years for increased costs of electricity due to environmental regulations and will pay an even heftier price for the proposed regulations — again, hurting those most vulnerable, including seniors. Sadly, many seniors just getting by on Social Security and limited, if any, retirement income will be forced to choose between heat during cold winter months and money for food and medicine.

Electric bills will again inevitably increase. Last winter, the great majority of increased demand during the polar vortex was supplied by coal-fired plants, but many are slated for closure in the next two years due to other EPA regulations. EPA’s latest proposal could finally push our grid over the edge by taking more plants offline and putting Pennsylvania’s electricity system at risk of failing.

We need to continue environmental progress without threatening seniors and all on modest incomes with economic hardship at the hands of the president’s EPA.

Dan Weber

Bohemia, N.Y.

The writer is president of the Association of Mature American Citizens (amac.us).

 

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HAM

My son just graduated with his Bachelors in Geology & has just begun his career in the environmental field. We recently had a discussion about the over regulation of the EPA. He also agrees that the EPA is out of control & needs oversight. I am so relieved that he is able to see through the fog of liberal views he was subjected to in college. Even in high school he would point out a different opinion if he disagreed with something he thought wasn’t correct & thought it was important enough to take issue with.

I agree with PaulE that the oversite needs to be an outside NON biased 3rd party & should be thouroughly vetted to determine their ability to oversee the EPA without prejudice.

PaulE

This is not merely a senior issue, but an issue that will negatively impact all Americans going forward. Since Obama cannot get his much desired carbon tax enacted, he has been using the regulatory powers of the EPA to forcibly transform the energy generation landscape. From feedstock resources, such as coal and natural gas mining, drilling and transporting, to point of use (America’s homes and businesses), Obama’s EPA has been steadily driving up the costs, while also doing everything possible to curtail the supply. What he seeks to achieve is a duplication of the onerous energy pricing structure that exists throughout Europe here in the United States. That will unfortunately also help duplicate here the stagnant economic conditions European countries have grown accustomed to since they bought into the whole climate change scam. What Obama could not impose upon us legislatively via Congress, he is imposing upon us via administrative… Read more »