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War On People

June 17, 2014

EPA’s proposal to cut CO2 emissions 30% has dominated the news, but it’s important to step back and examine the whole picture.

The EPA’s proposal is only one of several attempts by radical environmentalists to conduct a war against people, because it’s the ordinary American who is being harmed.

What are the elements of this war on people?

  • The EPA’s proposal to cut C02 emissions is, of course, one element of the war.
  • Then there is the Sierra Club’s war against natural gas.
  • Thirdly, there is the war against nuclear power, spearheaded, one could say, by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Natural Resources Defense Council, though others have also been in the forefront.

Taken together, coal, natural gas and nuclear, are the only methods of providing base load power for the grid1.

Taken together, these attacks on coal, natural gas and nuclear will undermine the nation’s ability to provide electricity, cheaply and reliably, to Americans.

Radical environmental organizations don’t have to collude, rather they act as an oligopoly, where each member watches the other and acts accordingly.

While the Union of Concerned Scientists conducts its attacks on nuclear power, those warring against CO2, such as Obama, can say they support nuclear.

The net effect is obvious: America is put at risk. What has this environmental oligopoly achieved?

Nuclear power is dying. The fear of radiation, inculcated into the general public by radical environmentalists; the high cost of building new nuclear power plants; and the lack of storage for nuclear waste, the result of the public’s fear of radiation, have left the country with a dying nuclear industry. It’s highly probable that existing nuclear power plants won’t get a second extension to their operating licenses, and will begin shutting down in the 2030s, less than 20 years from now, if not sooner.

Coal-fired power plants will have to close as the result of the EPA’s proposal to cut CO2 emissions 30% by 2030. And, as a result of EPA regulations, It will be impossible to build modern, ultra-supercritical, clean-coal, coal-fired power plants.

While natural gas power plants still remain viable, can anyone doubt they will be the EPA’s next target? Natural gas power plants emit CO2, and CO2 emissions cannot be cut sufficiently to meet the EPA’s long standing target of cutting CO2 emissions 80% by 2050, as long as natural gas power plants are permitted to operate.

 

Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. EPA

Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. EPA

The head of the EPA blithely said that wind and solar can take up the slack, but wind and solar are unreliable, as Germany is learning the hard way, and cannot provide base load power.

The war on people, by the oligopoly of radical environmentalists, is progressing at an alarm rate.

Ordinary Americans will suffer the most.

 

Notes:

1. Hydro and geothermal can provide base load power, but hydro is limited to existing installations in specific areas of the country, primarily the Northwest, while geothermal provides extremely small amounts of electricity in a very limited number of locations.

 

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