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Inhofe Review Act Defeat Will Hurt U.S Economy


WASHINGTON, June 22, 2012  — The U.S. Senate held an up-or-down vote Wednesday on Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution (S.J. Res. 37) to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) onerous Utility MACT rule. The resolution was defeated by a vote of 53 to 46. The pending new EPA rule will be the most expensive power plant regulation in American history and is directed at plants that use coal—America’s most abundant and affordable energy source—to generate electricity. Surprisingly several senators from states that generate significant electricity from coal voted against the regulation, ensuring higher electricity rates for their constituents.

Senators voting against the Inhofe resolution and in support of the EPA rule included Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Sherrod Brown of Ohio, both from states that generate more than 80 percent of their electricity from coal; Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, which gets nearly half of its electricity from coal; Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, which generates 63 percent of its electricity with coal; and Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, which uses coal to generate nearly 60 percent of its electricity. All voted against the resolution and in support of an EPA rule that will increase electricity rates across the country.

Sen. Jim Inhofe said in a statement after the Senate rejected his attempt to send EPA’s rule back to the drawing boards, “Our fight is not over: we will continue to do everything possible to expose what the Obama-EPA’s damaging regulatory regime will do to destroy jobs and weaken our economy, and work every day in our efforts to stop President Obama’s war on oil, gas and coal.”

Recent independent studies show EPA’s new rules will force power plants to close across the country, cause electricity prices to spike by an average of 12 percent nationwide, and cost the economy well over a million jobs.

Merry Christmas From the Job-Killer in Chief

As Americans get ready to celebrate Christmas and make plans for the new year to come, they had better buckle down their family budgets even tighter, thanks to the Job-Killer in Chief and his merry minions over at the EPA. As if killing an instant 20,000 jobs by denying the Keystone Pipeline permits wasn’t enough bad news for Americans hoping to get back to work next year, President Obama will kill another estimated 3000 jobs with the help of his rogue elves over at the EPA, as they rolled out a final ruling on MACT standards that will shutter up to 60 coal-fired power plants in the near future.

Merry Christmas from the Job-Killer in Chief folks. Here is another gift from Obama’s non-elected, political activist-elves over at the EPA that is sure to keep on giving Americans those “skyrocketing electricity prices” Barack Obama promised everyone before they elected him POTUS: Meet what is widely referred to as “Utility MACT.” According to Power Engineering, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the finalized Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, EPA’s mandate to limit mercury emissionsfrom coal-fired units. The rule will also curtail a number of hazardous air pollutants, including lead, arsenic, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride and dioxins/furans.”

Of course the Extreme Political Activists (EPA- Lisa Jackson and company) claim that these new standards will be completely free to implement for the American taxpayer, as John Ransom explains:

EPA said that by shutting down the plants, they’ll be preventing 17,000 deaths per year caused by polar bear cannibals, er, strike that…by pollution…yeah…pollution. Of course they provide little-to-no data to support the claim. Indeed, in one place the EPA revises the number downward to 4,200-11,000 global warming, er,…pollution deaths. With the many global crises going on, it’s hard to keep track of which crisis the Democrats are saving us from on any given day.

When people set out to deceive the citizenry with made-up, base-less statistics about supposed money-savings from death preventions 30 years down the road in order to pass unconstitutional laws upon the citizenry, we get certain freedom-loving Americans such as Newt Gingrich saying if elected this kind of passing laws by fiat must stop, even if it has to be done by abolishing the EPA completely.

We also get statements from actual officially elected members of Congress such as these:

With several thousand gigawatts of coal-fired retirements expected, Utility MACT has brought the future of electric reliability into question. In an effort to ensure electric reliability and protect jobs, Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) have formed the “Fair Compliance Act,” which would extend the Utility MACT and CSAPR compliance dates until Jan. 1, 2017.
“The bottom line is this: when it comes to these very costly regulations, we need to reach a middle ground that achieves a balance between our economy and environment,” Manchin said.

Between the EPA’s new Cross-State Pollution rules, the Keystone Pipeline blockage and now Utility MACT, Santa-Bama and his EPA elves surely must think Americans have been totally naughty and not very nice this past year. Giant chunks of coal for everyone! Just don’t try to use that coal to heat your home or power your electric plants. And turn off all those Christmas lights before the EPA bans them too under the guise of saving millions of lives some 5 decades from now!

Merry Christmas to the uninformed masses, from the Job-Killer in Chief. Now give me four more years, and watch me deliver those “skyrocketing electricity prices” I promised you!