Those concerned about ever-increasing electricity bills, as low-cost coal-fired power plants are shuttered or reduced in numbers, should be aware that confusion --- overlooked by most media --- exists in Washington on tough upcoming requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency as it moves to control carbon pollution, notes Grumpy Editor.
Associated Press writer Dina Cappiello, in a weekend story, pointed out, “the federal government’s own analysis of the new power plant proposal concludes that it would have a ‘negligible’ impact on carbon dioxide emissions, pose little to no costs for the industry and provide no additional benefits to the public by 2022.”
The EPA, Cappiello mentioned, “does not anticipate this rule will have any impacts on the price of electricity, employment or labor markets or the U.S. economy.”
However, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) declared the EPA was holding the coal industry to “impossible standards,” added Cappiello. “If these regulations go into effect, American jobs will be lost, electricity prices will soar and economic uncertainty will grow,” warned Manchin.
(Manchin, born in small coal mining town Farmington, W. Va., was governor of the state from 2005 to 2010.)
EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, reported the AP writer, said the proposed regulations, “rather than killing future coal, actually sets up a certain pathway forward for coal to continue to be part of the diverse mix in this country.”
Most Democrats flee latest Benghazi hearing
Ignored by most media was a shameful Capitol Hill happening involving some members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee who left the second portion of Thursday’s hearing on the Benghazi attack that resulted in the murders of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, observes Grumpy Editor.
But Katie Pavlich, writing on the Townhall.com website, noted, “The majority of Democrats on the committee left the room and refused to listen to the testimony of Patricia Smith and Charles Woods. Ms. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer killed in the 9/11 Benghazi attack. Charles Woods is the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was also killed.”
That resulted in most of the far side of the room, where Democrats sit, becoming empty.
Pavlich added the only Democrats who stayed were Elijah Cummings, ranking member from Maryland, and California Rep. Jackie Speier.
Seventeen Democrats are on the committee.
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