The House of Representatives, controlled to a large degree by economic and social conservatives, is doing everything it can to block the EPA from further destroying our economy and making it nearly impossible to exploit our abundant energy resources.
Lisa Jackson was at the Berkeley School of Law not long ago to give a speech on the EPA’s actions. During her speech, she attacked the GOP House for trying to reign in the EPA. She expressed smug confidence that she was going to be able to survive their efforts and impose more and more regulations on American businesses and energy producers.
The problem we face is that without control of the Senate, no House bill on the EPA is going to get through. And, there’s little chance Obama will ever sign any pro-energy bill even if it does squeak through the Senate. We’re facing an energy catastrophe until there is regime change in 2012.
AOL’s Energy blogger Margaret Ryan lays out the depressing realities we face with a Democrat-controlled Senate and Obama in the White House.
Congressional deadlock means two game-changing Environmental Protection Agency rules are poised to take effect unless a court stops them or the White House weighs in.
The rules will cost electric utilities and their ratepayers billions.
These rules include the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR).
Ryan correctly states that the MACT rules will mean the shutdown of many smaller, older coal plants. Shutdowns will amount to the loss of between 30-70 gigawatts of “more than 300 coal-fired” plants. This one rule will cost the economy $10.9 billion annually. Some estimates are even higher.
In short, the EPA is creating an economic and energy nightmare on our nation, but Lisa Jackson doesn’t care. She has made it clear that she’s against fossil fuels and she’s going to push ahead with an avalanche of regulations to stifle growth, destroy coal-fired plants, and ultimately make our lives miserable. Just imagine how much additional destruction she can bring about if Obama is re-elected in 2012 and the Senate remains in the hands of anti-energy zealots. The future is grim if Obama is reelected and Jackson remains at the EPA.