The President’s Climate Action Plan 2013 (ObamaAir Tax) has shown it’s main attack will be on coal power.
When you see those smoke stacks for coal power plants that isn’t smoke but steam from water, albeit there are some particulate in there that actually is pollution.
The EPA would like you to think that is dirty black smoke coming from those stacks which is why they often print coal power plant steam as a black and white picture.
Coal power plants do have a pollution problem that we must continue to address and retrofit these plants to filter out mercury but the steam coming out of the top of these is simply steam. The EPA though is mainly concerned about CO2?
The major opposition to coal power from looking at The President’s Climate Action Plan has to do with CO2 emissions which is about as natural as an emission as you can get.
Water, plants, animals, humans, and most natural living things give off CO2.
To think that man-made CO2 is really destroying the earth and must require the shutting down of the equivalent of 11 states electricity service power is ridiculous.
The estimate is that Obama’s Assault on Coal will Lead to an 80% Electricity rate hike. This is not a scare tactic as you can see in places like Germany where similar CO2 emission standards have resulted in similar rate hikes.
Ironically Germany being far from our example of a conservative country has drastically reversed course from it’s benchmark level state wide solar electric grid.
After rates exceeded 24 cents per kilowatt hour the public opinion soured on the green movement as the risk-reward was way out of whack.
Germany’s rush for coal continues even now into 2013. After opening two new coal power stations in 2012, 6 additional ones are due to open this year, with a combined capacity of 5800MW, enough to provide 7% of Germany’s electricity needs
The governments own estimates from the graph the US Department of Energy has released show what we can expect our electricity prices to do.
Do you really want to pay 30 – 40 cents per kilowatt hour for your electric rate for the sole purpose of reducing CO2.
In just a few years you can expect to pay 15 cents per kilowatt hour for your electric service. I expect any government estimations to be far off and so it will likely be more like 18 – 20 cents per kilowatt hour.
If you use 1,000 kilowatt hours that comes out to about $150 a month before taxes with a 15 cent rate. When using 2,000 kilowatt hours your bill would be $300 a month.
Families across the U.S. pay 11% less for electricity in states where more than half comes from coal.
As fossil fuels have become cheaper we have seen the average U.S. household pay 2.5% less for electricity this summer making it the 3rd straight summer decline.
Just as electricity starts getting affordable the government wants to close the cheapest forms of electricity generation and make you think renewable energy will catch up.
I promise you the renewable energy will not catch up in time to keep your electricity bill at a similar price as you were paying. This would make sense if we kept coal working and clean with new retrofits while slowly expanding our grid with renewable sources of electric power.
The most sensible approach would be the smaller extremely cheap forms of electricity generated with these ultra-small nuclear reactors being developed.
Solar has proven to be a disaster not just in the US but in Germany as well. Many of the large US solar grid tie-ins have ballooned in cost way out of line with their budget and when removing subsidies shows that their per kilowatt hour rate exceeds 16 cents per kilowatt hour.
Solyndra and First Solar are two government solar schemes full of fraud and failures and now the president is stepping into phase two of more of the same with ObamaAir 2013 Clean Air Act and Tax.
If the government wants carbon free energy why not start with the cheapest source which is Nuclear energy. It’s America’s largest carbon-free electricity generator out there.
The innovations in nuclear are truly amazing and much more innovative compared to the faulty solar projects the government has installed in Arizona deserts and require hardly any land mass.
As cheap forms of carbon-free electricity take off such as nuclear than consider taking coal power offline.
What is happening is that the president is simply bowing to the wishes of those who gave him his power. The green movement hates coal and wants it gone immediately.
The lies that solar is as cheap as fossil fuels is used to get the rest of the public on board but in the end the sticker shock will effect the average Joe in the US like it has done in Germany.
The Obama administration will have to back track from their green agenda just as Germany is doing and employ a more sensible approach but this won’t happen until billions of tax payer dollars are wasted in the process.
And why do we have to put up with this? The politicians have enough public support and this green agenda is their power, it’s what keeps them in office, and helps silence their detractors.
They can simply point to solar and wind being for good and oil and fossil fuels being evil and most people can understand how this could be a fight against pollution and a modern day solution even while they never consider the financial cost.
In summary everything has a risk reward ratio, a budget, a capital payoff amount, and tax payers who pay for all of this. We shouldn’t be used to support a green agenda which is being used more for political gain than cheaper cleaner energy for the citizens.