Obama Power Plants EPA Directive Would Ruin Economy, Claims Coal Industry

Obama says power plants in the United States must have stricter emissions controls for any using coal as their power source.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, when it comes to climate change, Obama stated that “we don’t have time for the Flat Earth society” in reference to Republicans who were opposing his environmental policies, including holding back plans on Keystone XL.

Previously, President Obama attempted to implement a “cap and trade” carbon energy credits system. But Congress put a stop to this idea based upon fears that the cost would reap havoc on the US economy.

In 2009, Obama said power plants in the United States must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020. Obama has already limited power plants in the planning stages. But Obama plans on meeting this goal by issuing an EPA directive which establishes carbon pollution standards for coal-based power plants that are already active.

Obama explained his position on coal power plants this way:

“We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury and sulfur and arsenic in our air or our water, but power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free. That’s not right. That’s not safe. And it needs to stop.”

But the coal industry says Obama’s power plants EPA directive would create “economic havoc.” While coal power plants are the largest source of carbon emissions in the United States, these power plants also account for 40 percent of all the energy creation.

Republican are saying Obama’s power plants ideas amount to a “war on coal.” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the Obama power plants EPA directive “will shutter power plants, destroy good-paying American jobs, and raise electricity bills for families that can scarcely afford it.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claims Obama’s plans for power plants can be called a “war on jobs,” saying the power plants directive is “tantamount to kicking the ladder out from beneath the feet of many Americans struggling in today’s economy.”

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