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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Letter to cleveland.com on the EPA

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From Cleveland.com the other day:

EPA rules on carbon emissions forcing out much-needed coal plants: Letter to the Editor

By Other Voices 
on June 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM

I read recently a major utility company said during the polar vortex it turned to coal to generate the additional power we needed – and saved customers more than $100 million than if it had used other fuels!

Many of the plants that rose to meet that challenge are slated to close in the coming year under the latest in a never-ending wave of EPA rules for carbon  dioxide emissions; they won't be available when the next inevitable cold snap (or heat wave) arrives, even though technology is making the use of coal cleaner year by year.
And the EPA continues to implement regulations that with a very few exceptions
will end the use of coal in America's newest power generation plants – abandoning what has historically been our most cost-efficient way of producing electricity. That will mean higher electricity prices for everyone, as utilities are forced to shift to generation fuels such as natural gas that over time have shown greater price volatility.
This misguided approach to regulation is setting up our nation for an economic
disaster. Congress needs to assert its authority under the Constitution as the
setter of public policy and bring the EPA under control.
Ralph King,
King is co-founder of the Cleveland Tea Party Patriots.
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