A Detroit News Editorial this morning
rips the Obama Administration’s new EPA regulations that would effectively shut down 1/3 of America's coal plants. The editorial argues that the new EPA regulations will risk making struggling Americans "hungrier, less prosperous and more likely to be unemployed as the nation’s economy slows and jobs disappear."
Of the electricity generated in the United States, fossil fuels (mainly coal and natural gas) produce up to 70%, almost 20% comes from nuclear power, 7% from hydropower and 3% from other forms of renewable energy such as wind and solar energy.
Coal provides a majority of the electricity in Arkansas (53%), Colorado (64%), West Virginia (95%), Kentucky (93%), Montana (53%), Michigan (54%), and Iowa (59%). These states will be particularly hard hit by the rate spike that will come from the Obama Administration's cap-and-trade fiat.
With that in mind, it's not surprising that the Detroit News also makes the case that not only will the decision hurt the manufacturing industry in Michigan, but that the resulting higher utility bills will hurt poorer Americans the hardest.
The Washington Post also conceded the later point, listing "electric customers" as one of its "losers" of the new regulations. They explain that,
"Power prices and power bills are influenced by many factors, but environmental regulations tend to push power prices up."
As we said a year ago
, the "War on Coal" is only the first phase of the radical left's plan. Barack Obama and Harry Reid have been clear that while coal might be the first industry on the target list, oil is next
The Democrats controlling Washington want to empower the EPA to take an even more aggressive role than it has today.
We know what that means: more red tape, more government headaches, more fees, more taxes, and more costs that would cripple industries and destroy jobs.
Slowly but surely, Americans are beginning to realize that the Democrats' War on Coal and Oil is actually a war on them.
Americans enjoy driving their car, using their mobile devices and watching television. They want their energy costs lowered, not raised.
Yet President Obama and Senate Democrats supporting Harry Reid are responsible for the opposite.
As the Washington Post reports
, the NRSC
"will turn the screws on vulnerable Democrats on Tuesday with automated calls on the EPA's newly proposed carbon emissions limits hitting voice mail boxes in Virginia, Louisiana, Colorado and Alaska..."
The Hill reports
"According to the NRSC, Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) have supported other carbon emissions regulations backed by Democrats and the Obama administration, including cap-and-trade. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has given money to Democrats who support the regulations and supports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the calls say. All senators are facing reelection."
Indeed they are. A tough reelection that just got more difficult.