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Biden Moves to Gut Entire Coal Industry

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024
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by Alan Jamison
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President Joe Biden speaks on the phone with EPA Administrator Michael Regan

A court victory last week for Joe Biden upholding the administration’s most radical set of climate regulations to date could prove to be an electoral anchor for the president come November. But the timing of the move means a potential Republican sweep this fall might not be enough to reverse it.

In a short, unsigned order on May 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a Republican-led effort to halt implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest rule on power plant emissions. The new regulations, which were finalized in April, are effectively the first federal mandate to cut carbon emissions from power plants.

If the rules survive further legal scrutiny – and Biden remains in office – industry experts have warned they could virtually eliminate the coal industry overnight and would decimate America’s power production capacity.

More significantly for Biden’s political future, thousands of jobs could be on the line, most notably in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania. The coal industry supports more than 36,000 full and part-time jobs nationwide. Americans throughout the country could also see their electricity bills climb even higher, leading to cascading price increases throughout the economy.

As reported by Politico, the new EPA rules will require the nation’s coal plants to “install carbon capture technology if they plan to continue operating past 2039.” Coal plants will specifically be mandated to capture 90 percent of their carbon dioxide emissions by 2032 or face closure. The rules will further force these plants to reduce mercury emissions by 70 percent.

The new rules are considered entirely unrealistic by industry experts, who see them as a way for the Biden administration to effectively force the closure of America’s roughly 200 remaining coal-fired power plants.

American Petroleum Institute Vice President Dustin Meyer claimed that the EPA rules “fail to properly consider grid reliability and the need for new natural gas plants to maintain that reliability.” Edison Electric Institute President and CEO Dan Brouillette further reiterated the impossibility of the administration’s demands by explaining that current technology “is not yet ready for full-scale, economy-wide deployment, nor is there sufficient time to permit, finance, and build” the infrastructure for compliance.

The new EPA rules are likely an attempt by Biden to shore up support among the Democrat base, which has at times expressed frustration with the president for perceived lack of action on the climate. However, appeasing environmentalists may come at the cost of alienating moderate Democrat and independent voters.

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, who currently serves as the ranking member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, noted that “electricity demand is set to skyrocket thanks in part to the EPA’s own electric vehicles mandate, and unfortunately, Americans are already paying higher utility bills under President Biden.”

“Despite all this,” she continued, “the administration has chosen to press ahead with its unrealistic climate agenda that threatens access to affordable, reliable energy for households and employers across the country.”

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, who joined the 25-state coalition seeking to block implementation of the new rules, also said that the EPA regulations “threaten the stability of our nation’s energy supply and infringe upon the sovereign rights of states to manage their energy resources.”

Notably, the EPA finalized the rule just in time to avoid the Congressional Review Act, a law which allows a new Congress to overturn federal agency actions within a certain time window. Any rules which were finalized in the Federal Register before May 22 are not subject to reversal under the law when the new Congress convenes next January.

The best opportunity for blocking the new regulations appears to be in the courts. The Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark 2022 case West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency established the precedent that the agency only has the authority to regulate individual power plants and not the entire power sector. “Congress did not grant EPA in Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act the authority to devise emissions caps based on the generation shifting approach the Agency took in the Clean Power Plan,” Supreme Court Justice John Roberts explained in that decision.

The EPA’s new regulations appear to run afoul of the Court’s ruling in that case. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey has accused the EPA of “not fully understand[ing] the direction from the Supreme Court,” arguing that the new rules strip states “of important discretion while using technologies that don’t work in the real world.”

Nonetheless, the new rules are still in effect, and may do real damage to the coal industry before a court strikes them down – which may be exactly what the Biden administration is hoping for.

The result could be disaster for both the American people and Biden’s re-election bid.

Alan Jamison is the pen name of a political writer with extensive experience writing for several notable politicians and news outlets.

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Phillip Nagle
Phillip Nagle
1 month ago

We should note that while Biden is issuing these rules that make energy so expensive in the US and driving out manufacturing, he doesn’t seem to have any concerns about Chinese goods, produced with coal burning electricity that has the same effect on the planet whether the coal is burned in the US or China. There is massive hypocrisy in giving the Chinese a pass. Just how much was it that the Chinese gave Hunter for his hedge fund? It is costing us a lot.

Ray Doyle LFP, WA
Ray Doyle LFP, WA
1 month ago

Does anyone wonder why the economy sucks?

The dmeocrats have destroyed the auto industry, the oil industry, and now the coal industry. they are workign on destroying the natural gas industry.
the result of their all out attack on energy is that everything that uses energy is goign up in price fast.
Only people who do not understand economics will vote for democrats.

Bob L.
Bob L.
1 month ago

Thomas Jefferson could not see the extent to which present day unconstitutional political overreach has evolved otherwise he would have included it in his statement regarding unjust laws.

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Since biden feels he can run policies through illegally why don’t the states just ignore the rulings from a corrupt office. What’s dip biden going to do arrest them.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Joebama has just about FUBARed our country. Yet another reason to VOTE FOR TRUMP AND GET OUT AND GARNER SUPPORT!!! Another four years of this shitshow will surely destroy our country and freedom.

Allan Terry
Allan Terry
1 month ago

Joe Biden and many Democrat politicians depend upon loyal union voters and union money to win (re)election. Biden’s “green” legislation, executive orders, and EPA regulations will destroy many union workers’ jobs. Concurrently, Biden is working to repeal right-to-work laws, thereby increasing union membership. These actions could cost Biden and Congressional Democrats many votes this November.

sue
sue
1 month ago

After this how can people vote for Biden? America: Love it or Lewave it! Biden and demoncrats need to leave it.

David
David
1 month ago

Beijing Biden isn’t smart enough to be doing all. This is the communist Democrat anti-American base and the traitor Obama and George Soros and all the rest Of the Marxist in and out of government.

Granny26
Granny26
1 month ago

Unions are a joke just like the idiot in the white house. On my last job I had a choice of joining or not and I opted to NOT. Only thing the union did was help someone ‘who should have been fired….to keep their job’. Ridiculous to pay dues to idiots.

Melinda
Melinda
1 month ago

So we should be prepared to spend a lot of time in the dark during winter, maybe without heat. The prospect is chilling, literally. And union workers may be without jobs, but they’ll boost the Democrat vote. What a cluster!

Septimus Pretorius
Septimus Pretorius
1 month ago

What a surprise. And let’s not forget he’s doing the same to the oil and gas industries also.
These corporations are made up of hardworking UNIONIZED WORKERS.
And most unions have been supporting the Blue ticket for many, many years only to see this happening.
I time to cast your vote that will stop these destructive policies.

invictus
invictus
1 month ago

An malignant slob such as KKKJoe lets us know that evil will destroy even itself.

CVW
CVW
1 month ago

More stupidity from a lame duck administration and we the people pay for the BS

thebulletin.org/2022/09/plagued-by-failures-carbon-capture-is-no-climate-solution/

RON
RON
1 month ago

Nuclear energy is the cleanest, cheapest, most reliable and safest form of energy we are able to produce. Look at the numbers for it and all other forms of energy. It is not even close. There were more people killed at Chappaquiddick than there were at Three Mile Island by the way.

Brad Mueller
Brad Mueller
1 month ago

How many people are aware that large amounts of coal are used to make steel? That there are by-products from coking that are valuable in medicine?

Barbara
Barbara
1 month ago

This is ridiculous! I get that we need to be responsible in the way we use our energy resources. But these policies are not going to stop climate change. Climate change is a natural occurrence just like the rising and setting of the sun. These people in charge with their fancy college degrees obviously have no common sense.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 month ago

Dictator Beijing biden Kills our Energy Independence but supports and finances Communist China’s Coal Industry as they continue to Increase their Coal production.
Global Warming is a LIE created by Al (Damien) Gore and is a SCAM.
WAKE UP AMERICA.

George Kamburoff
George Kamburoff
1 month ago

Ever heard of Climate Change?
Let’s discuss the science starting with Ocean Acidification and the slowing AMOC.
Can anyone here discuss the real science or are you just mouthing off?

George Kamburoff
George Kamburoff
1 month ago

Do you still have to pay for electricity and gasoline?
Not us, we invested in a solar system and electric cars and have lived and driven with free electricity for eight years now.
The PV solar system paid back in three years in gasoline savings alone.

DrScottD
DrScottD
1 month ago

And the beat goes on…. the drumbeat of inciting those of us unable to absorb further increases in living costs and lowering standards of life for a false perception of man-made climate change.
How this ends will be a great historical moment. Staying tuned but remain vigilant for what is coming.

jimm
jimm
1 month ago

He can’t do it in 6 months. That’s how long he has left in office.

Don
Don
1 month ago

FYI

Nomad
Nomad
1 month ago

Put a lump of coal in Joe’s stocking next Christmas.

robert borchardt
robert borchardt
1 month ago

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johnh
johnh
1 month ago

War on Fossil Fuels continues with attack on coal. Wonder where Biden plans to get electric power? And then today, he is planning on taking more oil out of our Strategic Oil Reserve in order to hide the price of gas at the pump. What is long term energy plan for USA and this question must be answered before the 2024 election. Wonder if Biden saw the Windmills on fire this week on the news?

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 month ago

His friend is in China he has gained a lot of money him and his family anyone that votes for him does not care about this country because between him and Obama they will destroy this country he is not alone in what he is doing time for new leadership in this country.

carl
carl
1 month ago

u cant have prosperity W/O affordable & reliable energy

David
David
1 month ago

Do they still mine coal in PA? I know Ohio and WV won’t vote Dementia Joe, regardless…

JPop
JPop
1 month ago

He needs to be arrested for Treason the minutes he hobbles out of office, and before he makes his get-away on AirForce Two before he can get away. After he is fired in November. Prison from this criminal (and his administration) He is purposefully destroying this country to keep the Racist democrats in power.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Everybody make sure to throw extra charcoal on the BBQ this weekend… FJB.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

No Coal= No energy= No EVs for 2035

Bob Chase
Bob Chase
1 month ago

Apparently the policies are designed for crashing the economy. No one could be so out of touch to believe these are good for the country.

Jim R
Jim R
1 month ago

Traitor. The enemy within. Hates America. Loves our enemies like China. Bass-turd man and family.

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