I am extremely worried (outraged!) about the EPA’s new Cross-State rules (CSAPR). These new rules, hastily arranged and issued this past July, seek to reduce certain amounts of airborne pollutants emanating from coal burning power plants. The EPA claims these rules will both save lives and reduce healthcare costs – both of which are counterfactual and can never be proven. What can be proven, however, are the economic costs these rules will impose on industry and consumers.
Already, power company Luminant has warned it cannot meet the unreasonable deadline of January 2012 and will have to shutter plants in order to comply. As you know, Texas experienced a cold winter this year, which lead to rolling black outs for residents of San Antonio. This summer has also proven taxing to the electric grid, with Texans barely avoiding another rolling black out due to record high demand. If power plants are mothballed to comply with EPA’s new rule, Texans can expect more frequent disruptions in the future.
This new pie-in-the-sky rule promulgated by unelected bureaucrats affects 27 states and threatens millions of American’s access to reliable electricity. It is shameful that Congress has allowed this run-away agency to saddle hard working Americans with higher energy bills, reduced employment, and unreliable energy, all while doing little to improve air quality. It is high time Congress rein in these alphabet soup federal agencies and their merry band of regulators who seek to destroy our economy under the guise of “protecting Americans.”
The Senate wisely failed to adopt “cap and trade,” and this new rule is nothing more than President Obama’s war on coal. Of course, we shouldn’t be too surprised, as Obama is simply living up to a campaign promise to lay waste to our national coal industry. Nearly one-half of Americans get electricity from coal, and Obama’s EPA will significantly increase energy costs for just about all of them. This is unconscionable, and it’s time for Congress to act.
I want to know what action you plan to take to ensure all Texans have access to reliable and affordable energy.