Overall, there are 3,393 fossil fuel-fired power plants nationwide, the majority of which are natural gas plants, according to the most recent federal data. These plants generate more than 60% of the nation’s electricity, compared to the roughly 14% by wind and solar projects. As a result, the power producers are warning of an inevitable power crisis
But that does not affect the EPA, which is pushing ahead with strict requirements and short deadlines. The EPA is expected to roll out the new requirements during the spring and the final framework by the summer of 2024.
The proposal — which will soon be released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — is expected to require coal and natural gas-fired power plants to cut or capture the vast majority of their carbon dioxide emissions by 2040.This was reported by the New York Times on Saturday, citing officials briefed on a draft of the plan. The regulation, if finalised, would represent the first-ever federal action curbing power plant emissions.
The power industry believes that such a rapid transition is not possible. It will destroy the power industry in the USA and thereby the business world. Senator Joe Manchin (D) says it’s a gift package to China.
But for the Biden regime and the Democrats, it is important to avert doomsday, so no sacrifice is too great.
Biden promised before the 2020 election to cut carbon emissions by 52% by 2030 and make the power industry carbon-free by 2035.
It can only happen with major consequences to the electricity supply, but the Democrats are only concerned with carbon emissions, not with the economy. They have enough money and if needed, they just print more.
However, EPA data shows that the electric power sector accounts for about 25% of total U.S. emissions, placing it only behind the transport sector and slightly ahead of the industrial sector. As it is, fossil fuel power plants have been targeted by environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers who argue that emissions must be reduced in an effort to stave off cataclysmic climate change.
The EPA should not have been allowed to regulate the power industry. That was decided by the Supreme Court in the summer of 2022. They did not have such powers and exceeded their scope.
The U.S. The Supreme Court ruled in June 2022 that an Obama-era rule limiting power plant emissions under the Clean Air Act was unconstitutional, since Congress never granted the EPA the explicit power to issue such regulations. But the Inflation Reduction Act passed two months after that ruling allows the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The anti-inflation law allowed the EPA to regulate carbon emissions, so the Supreme Court’s judgment was annulled. Congress has therefore voted with open eyes for a radical policy that will destroy the US’s electricity supply. Republicans such as Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have taken an active involvement.
That the law is called the Anti-Inflation Act is almost a mockery of common sense, because it means that there is no longer any connection between productivity and infrastructure: The politicians adopt policies that hang in the air and give themselves so much credit that it triggers exactly the issue they claim they must fight: inflation.
The Republicans gave the go-ahead for this policy.
Biden puts radicals in the leadership roles of the EPA, and they have activist NGOs behind them such as the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“Setting effective, affordable power plant carbon standards under the Clean Air Act can now ensure that the power industry delivers the emissions reductions needed to help meet the climate crisis,” argued an issue brief released this month by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an influential environmental group. “Time is of the essence.”
Because equity is more important than qualifications, Biden often appoints minorities. The head of the EPA is Michael Regan.