Perhaps someone can explain how to burn fossil fuel without emitting CO2.
Lowering the emission limit on CO2 kills coal in this country.
Exports of coal are at an all time high since others continue to burn coal for power.
Maybe it is like punishing ourselves for other’s sins.
I'll not dive into the political aspect of this, but simply ask: If not now, when should we act? You made the point about our inaction over the past four decades...
The mis-characterized "new" regulations that energy producers are now required to comply with, have been on the table for over 20 years and were finalized more than 10 years ago. During all that time, they were granted carte blanche deferrals of compliance. With ample time to prepare, these regulations came as no surprise to anyone in the industry.
Perhaps some of your wrath should be redirected toward the energy conglomerates.
NO! Not MY "much hated "green" sources"! In fact - The too long maligned green sources. We should have been working toward the development of those technologies since the 1970's, when Saudi Arabia showed us how vulnerable we were.
We could have modulated our commitments to green energy through the various highs and lows of our fluctuating economic statuses over that last four decades.
Now, with our present economy, is no time to be yanking the rug (cheaper energy) out from under our consumers and manufacturers but Obama always has this "WE CAN'T WAIT" mentality to get HIS dreams to fruition.
At the present time, increasing energy costs (and the job cuts that will surely follow) would be another nail in our nation's coffin. Mr. Obama behaves as if he doesn't understand that or maybe...he understands it all too well.
If I recall correctly, the article I'm referring to mentioned a couple of new large coal fired units and many smaller, natural gas facilities scheduled to come on line. Included in their forecast were a few of your much hated "green" sources, such as solar, hydro, etc., starting up. I think nukes were described as pretty much remaining unchanged.
Are those projections based upon the unencumbered, present production of electricity from conventional sources (coal, gas, nuclear)?
If so, under Obama, the 9% overproduction would not hold. If you exclude the carbon-based fuels to any percentage, it leaves nuclear as the only DEPENDABLE source. How many nuke plants are we bringing on-line in the coming years, while China or India add one new coal-fired power plant PER WEEK?
Don't I remember JFK saying something about our universal commonality as global citizens with, "...and we all breathe the same air"? There are no 'walls' in place in the atmosphere to prevent China's/India's air from becoming our air.
Remember: The very industry we are concerned about here, projects their own ability to produce an excess (9%) over demand in the next decade.
Very dramatic. Fortunately, there is no factual basis supporting such dire predictions.
More and more power-hungry appliances and electronics (big-screen TVs) roll out of the stores everyday.
Imagine the delight that those consumers will have for Obama when his anti-carbon, minimalist, green-powered electrical grid can't carry the load on Tuesday, then on Friday, then on Sunday.
Of course Obama won't be in office to be blamed anymore than he will be when his monolithic healthcare system collapses.
That built-in time buffer, from creation to delayed collapse, works out well with systems used by people who want to destroy the status quo.
We should have a large sign erected in front of the WH expressing; "DANGER! Modern day Caligula at work within".
The demand for power hasn't diminished. However, the rate of it's increase has slowed in recent years. It's doubtful we will ever see a decrease in the overall demand.
Yeah Where did all this demand dissappear to???
Despite regional concern about loss of coal production and power house demolition, the electrical generation industry's supply/demand projection for the next decade predicts an approximate nine percent overcapacity nationwide.
Ayn Rand's acolytes may not be very enthusiastic about a more timely projection than she made back in the 1940's concerning the future of our national power grid, but I'll accept the current industry projections over an ancient pulp-fiction novelist's notions... How about you?
I heard a politician make an interesting observation recently. He said (about America) "If you live in a river valley or more than a hundred miles from the shoreline, your opinion doesn't really count". We are about to see that theory applied.
Let Mr. Obama proceed with his anti-carbon campaign and see what YOUR electric rates become. Unless you stake more credibility upon the belief that it won't take thirty years to make "green technologies" financially and technologically viable in this country, be prepared to accept roving brownouts as the norm here, while the east coast metropolises are given Most Favored status with the manner electrical transmission is divided up.
Mr. Rab, check out the CEO of Dominion's response to the potus's speech today, might be suprised to hear what he said, in my grandfather's day there must have been a war on grindstones quarried from Washington county, but he survived, and adapted to the times, so will we......
Remember when one of the 'promised benefits' of the implementation of NAFTA (January 1, 1994) would be a huge decline in alien criminals slipping across our border?
How'd that work out for us?
BO Legacy: In regards to Edward Snowden, today, Hong Kong, China and Russia just flipped Obama the bird.
I thought the NSA program was a terrific idea when I first heard about it and still do. Protecting America is what it is all about. A few years ago when a certain candidate was campaigning against data mining by the NSA, there was paranoia against this NSA program and it’s “wiretapping’. Now that that candidate is now president, and the program has expanded, we now need to have a discussion about the program. And now that same president wants The kid that who exposed the NSA treated as a traitor. He did nothing more than expose an open secret. What hypocrisy.
Was Obama wearing a wire during the G8?
Go ahead and dispute: You have people running agencies that willingly, repeat willingly, followed Obama’s instructions to make the sequester as damaging and inconvenient to the Citizens of the USA as possible. You have a president whose only economic plan is to raise taxes and prop of Gov’t unions. He has presented no other plans. Unemployment is still out of sight and corporations are hoarding money because they are scared to death as to what else is up Obama’s sleeve. He is unpredictable and clueless. You consider that a legacy?
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