Trump repeals coal mining regulations, signs legislation

If you missed the presser yesterday, you really missed some great theatre.  A little reported action done right after his presser was this action. This was another IED the Obama administration implanted in December as he was going out the door. It essentially closed down coal mining in Appalachia. This is why Trump won. Five seconds of Clinton: “We’re Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business”

President Trump on Thursday signed legislation ending a key Obama administration coal mining rule.

The bill quashes the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste that officials finalized in December.

The legislation is the second Trump has signed into law ending an Obama-era environmental regulation. On Tuesday, he signed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution undoing a financial disclosure requirement for energy companies.

Both the mining and financial disclosure bills are the tip of a GOP push to undo a slate of regulations instituted in the closing days of the Obama administration. The House has passed several CRA resolutions, and the Senate has so far sent three of them to President Trump for his signature. More at The Hill

Republicans argued the stream rule is duplicative and would force more coal mines to close, forcing more miners out of work. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota supported the rule’s repeal.

The Obama administration finalized the stream rule in December 2016. Democrats and environmentalists support the rule because it restricts the amount of mining that can happen in Appalachia.

Read more: Daily Caller

 

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EPA Chief: ‘Hicks in flyover country too stupid that we were doing them a favor killing their jobs

Well, the title is not exactly correct, but we bible thumping, gun clingers get it.

mccarthy2Obama’s EPA Chief Says Biggest Regret Is Not Connecting With Rural Voters

Actually we probably owe the EPA our Trump win in good measure to her. Giving us the rural coal miner vote in Ohio and Pennsylvania probably tipped the vote Red. But their arrogance lingers leaving that bad taste.

As Zip says over at Weasel Zippers

“The hicks in flyover country were too stupid to understand that we were doing them a favor by killing their jobs”.

Not being able to sell rural voters on the importance of switching from fossil fuels to solar and wind power is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy’s biggest regret, she said Friday.

“We tried to change the outreach and messaging in rural America in a number of ways, but … has it changed the rhetoric that people hear? It hasn’t,” McCarthy said in an interview at EPA headquarters. “We couldn’t get it, but I wish we had.”

President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy to lead the agency in 2013. Her tenure has been riddled with controversies and marred by heavy-handed regulatory maneuvers.

She implement controversial environmental regulations such as the Clean Power Plan (CPP) — which are viewed as job-killers in coal country — and told reporters earlier this year that she gave up talking to “climate deniers.”

“I don’t check out flat Earth society and I’m not talking to climate deniers,” she said in October. “That’s it. Sorry, I know I’m supposed to be for everybody, but my patience has worn thin over eight years.”

Republican lawmakers even demanded she resign after the EPA-caused Gold King Mine spill in 2015, a disaster that dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxic mine wastewater ran into a Colorado river, contaminating the drinking water for thousands of people.

McCarthy’s hard-nosed regulatory scheme eventually paved the way for then-presidential nominee Donald Trump to successfully campaign in coal states like Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Trump campaigned throughout the election season on resuscitating the beleaguered coal industry.

More at Daily Caller

Largest U.S. Refinery now belongs to Saudi Arabia

If we thought my earlier post U.S. giving away ownership and control of our Energy and refineries 

Saudi Aramco to target US refiners, chemical plants after Shell breakup CNBC. Ed: The intention? They are hurting with the price of gas now in the cellar. What a nice way to try to control prices.

The two companies signed a nonbinding letter of intent, a plan that would divide up Motiva’s refineries between them. The refineries have a combined capacity of 1.1 million barrels per day and are all located close to each other. The breakup will allow Saudi Aramco to take over the Port Arthur refinery and 26 distribution terminals, and Aramco will also hold onto the Motiva brand name. Shell will take over the other two refineries, Convent and Norco, both located in Louisiana. Shell said that it would operate the two refineries as one plant with a combined throughput of 500,000 barrels per day.

More USA Today

 

Hillary Clinton ‘We’re going to put coal companies out of business’

Five seconds of hell from Hillary Clinton for the bitter clingers in rural America. Does anyone really think that West Virginia will turn into the “Green” capital of the world to replace the jobs they have had for generations? Note the question she is answering at the bottom of the clip.

Clinton: “We’re Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business” (March 13, 2016)

Coal company shuts down, town now no longer has water

This isn’t a big story, but it is a story of the consequences of the Obama’s determination to destroy the coal industry. Jobs lost and the “other little things” that go with living in a company town. Once in awhile it’s a good thing to put a face on the misery that is being caused for little or no reason. Especially this time of year.

Residents of Prenter Camp, W.Va. woke up one morning to no showers or tap water. The Boone County township had its water supply shut off with no notice or explanation, and is now uncertain where to turn for a solution.

The water supply used to be guaranteed through a relationship with the local coal mining company, which has since gone out of business. As reported on the Metro News website:

The power bill for the pump house… had always been paid by Patriot Coal. Patriot is now bankrupt and gone. The company which shut off the power this week was ERPS Oil… ERPS is an oil and gas exploration company. [ERPS] paid the bill for a couple of months after Patriot Coal was dissolved, but apparently stopped paying this week.

“If we don’t get some emergency help to get water put back in this is a health concern,” she said. “We can’t take showers, we can’t flush our commode, we’ll need drinking water eventually.  This is something that really needs to be jumped on, but it seems like we’re not getting any help.”

Read the full story on the Metro News website. H/T:Contractor Mag 

Bonus information why the above is happening. Regulations.

The Daily Caller reports:

An Obama administration official has said that the new clean coal rules could increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent.
Dr. Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Department of Energy, told House lawmakers that the first generation of carbon capture and storage technology would increase wholesale electricity prices by “70 or 80 percent.”
The Obama administration’s plan to fight global warming includes limiting carbon dioxide from new power plants. In order for new coal-fired power plants to be built, however, they would need to install costly carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

EPA ‘clean coal’ rule would increase power prices by 70 or 80 percent

Don’t you just love it when the administration finally tells the truth about what we have been blogging about for years. It’s not like he didn’t tell us. Those states that get their energy mostly from coal, should be an easy capture for the GOP. That is if they can keep their heads about them.

The Daily Caller reports:

An Obama administration official has said that the new clean coal rules could increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent.
Dr. Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Department of Energy, told House lawmakers that the first generation of carbon capture and storage technology would increase wholesale electricity prices by “70 or 80 percent.”
The Obama administration’s plan to fight global warming includes limiting carbon dioxide from new power plants. In order for new coal-fired power plants to be built, however, they would need to install costly carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

 

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Barack Obama: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” (January 2008)

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Energy nominee Moniz ‘We need carbon tax to triple the cost’

How is this for another wacko nominee? Every new appointee more radical than the last. Ernest Moniz. A name we would rather forget. Let’s see what the Senate does with this one.

Moniz position is not far from that of Energy Secretary Steven Chu before he took a job in the Obama administration. “We have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Chu said in 2008. Last year, gas hit $9 a gallon in Greece. Great, $12.00 a gallon sounds like a real economy booster.

Obama’s Energy Secretary Nominee Called For Doubling Or Tripling Energy Costs With Carbon Tax To Push U.S. Towards Green Energy…

Via Beltway Confidential:

President Obama’s Energy secretary nominee regards a carbon tax as one of the simplest ways to move the energy industry towards clean technologies, though he notes that government would have to come up with a plan to mitigate the burden this tax places on poor people, who would pay the most.

“Ultimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,” MIT professor and Energy nominee Ernest Moniz told the Switch Energy Project in an interview last year. “If we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few decades, well, that could double; it could eventually triple. I think inevitably if we squeeze down on carbon, we squeeze up on the cost, it brings along with it a push toward efficiency; it brings along with it a push towards clean technologies in a conventional pollution sense; it brings along with it a push towards security. Because after all, the security issues revolve around carbon bearing fuels.”

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