If this rule is implemented, it would force the shut down of many coal-fired power plants. For states like Ohio, who rely on coal power for 90 percent of their energy, this is a major problem. According to some estimates, enough coal-fired power plants would close to equal about 30-70 gigawatts of electricity generated nationwide. A single gigawatt of energy can power about 750,000 homes.
In a time where national unemployment hovers around 9 percent, these regulations threaten to lead to more job losses and do some serious damage to the economy. The American Legislative Exchange Council estimated that the EPA regulation will eliminate 2.5 million jobs, depress investment by $300 billion by 2014 and reduce GDP by up to $500 billion.
Many states and local communities are already voicing strong concern about the EPA’s regulations. States like Michigan and Utah have claimed that the EPA has overstepped their regulatory jurisdiction and urged the U.S. Congress to intervene and provide much needed oversight over the agency.
More citizens, communities and states need to join in the call for Congress to intervene if the EPA is to be reined [in] before it does the anticipated damage to our economy, which recent speculation has suggested could be headed for more trouble.
Whew. Glad to hear that this is all about a War On Coal. Because otherwise you might think it's a War On People.
And unlike people, coal to date has shown little interest or aptitude in organizing, say, a .303 counterstrike from a few hundred yards away.