EPA administrator admits EPA regulations are impacting coal’s competitiveness

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) who chairs the subcommittee on Energy and Power got EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy to admit that EPA regulations are a factor in diminishing coal’s competitiveness:

Just watch this Fox News report from back in May on the coal inudstry warning that these new EPA regs (based on global warming) could cause a fourth of coal plants to shut down:

This is a war on American energy – another reason we have to win big in November to throw this administration out of the White House.

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  • librtifirst

    Since coal plants that are not owned by government funded corporations (such as GE who receives bailout money and contracts) are the ones being hit, the real issue is the continuing tranformation of our free markets to crony capitalism which is leading to a fascist state.

    The continuing of the open borders policy is also at play, as coal plants are being built south of the border, and are not complying with any such standard that is causing US coal plants to close.

    If they want to focus on competitiveness, then they need to address these issues. That would require them to denounce the Bush era policies that the EPA was also complying with, and which were also designed to move American resources outside of our country, or into oblivion.

  • ernst1776

    Just looking at EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy and one immediately knows she is agenda driven.

    • forgetyoutooo


    • librtifirst

      Are you talking about the uncanny resemblance to Janet Nepalitano? (Big sis, Butch mamma)

      • Rightstuff1

        This is turning into what can only be called a trend…..whats going on here???!!! Rachel Maddow’s mom perhaps? Napolitano’s sister or maybe her brother??

        These lib women are all butch and all the guys are emasculated so i suppose it works for them.

      • And her other sis, Janet Reno…. or are they brothers?!

        • librtifirst

          Maybe sisters of the brotherhood. I think that Rachel Maddow, and Ellen are the matripatriarchs of the sisterbrotherhood.

          • I find it somehow hilarious that the most open in her lesbianism is the better looking out of them all. Ellen is not as bad looking.

            • librtifirst

              Yeah, they actually put her in a make-up commercial. No amount of make-up will ever make her attractive to me.

  • justrighton

    This government is trying to do everything it can to move this country to third world status. END THE EPA! It never has worked and is just another of Jimmah Carters failed economic plans. They should be the second shut down right after Obamatax is repealed.

    • librtifirst

      If you want your country back, then follow the domestic Ron Paul plan. Phase out the Fed, shut down five departments immediately, cut 1T from the budget first year, open up free currency markets in the US, end the drug war, and protect the borders.

    • Patriot077

      Dept of Energy was Jimmah’s contribution; the EPA was Nixon’s. Both are ruinous to our economy and way of life.

  • WordsFailMe

    We do not have to defend the use of the planet’s resources to defend coal. We have adequate and ever improving methods of increasing the energy out put and harmful emission of every pound of coal burned.

    We need to stop pussy-footing around about these rogue bureaucracies and the foul and inbred, occupants who direct them. Clean house

    Every employee hired under the Obama regime should be vetted by the FBI. Every promotion and every appointment under Obama should be revoked.

    The Democrats, regardless of race, who infiltrated the federal agencies and employee associations in the 1970’s are full-blown, out-of-the-closet Progressives and commie defenders men of today. These bureaucracies must be torn down and the people who run them, pushed out of positions of influence.

    • WestGAFlash

      I spent 27 years in the solid and hazardous waste industry. Coal-fired plants were mandated to lower emissions and installed scrubbers years ago to comply with the Clean Air Act. High sulphur coal tends to come from the east; low sulphur coal come from Utah, among other Western states. When a coal-fired plant is regulated out of existence, many people lose their jobs.

      The EPA, like OSHA, is staffed with heavy-handed bureaucrats, obsessed with power. These people (both agencies have an unusually high attrition rates, because no one, internally or otherwise, really knows whats going on with the reg’s) get their jollies by writing very large fines for (example) a shipping manifest the has no dot on an “i”. I’ve been through countless audits, and you survive one with two things: good housecleaning and an up-to-date paper trail. The effective impact of the agency is to employ hacks and friends of the administration in power.

      Let us not forget who gave us the EPA: R.M. Nixon. And OSHA.

      • WordsFailMe

        We’ve got experts in all areas at Scoop and so many who really give a damn about how this country is going. Thanks for your valuable insight and I look forward to a lot more, WestGAFlash! I feel a little bit better and more confident every day knowing there are people like you out there, every where across this land.

        I am proud to be an American.

        • WestGAFlash

          Thank you for the kind words, and your service to this great nation. Go Cavalry!

          And yes, I’m a proud American as well. Born and raised.

      • its all about self perpetuation, create rules to justify their own existence.

        • librtifirst

          It’s a bit more than that. Government chooses to hire people who have a propensity for liking control, people who don’t mind tyranny if they are the ones handing it down. As long as they are in the system, there will never be a change from within. Though, there is a certain amount of justification taking place, justifying positions mostely happens when funding is scarce. Obama is pumping up these things with stimulous cash.

          • WordsFailMe

            librtifirst-that’s profound thinking and insight. Liberalism may not be a disease, treatable through therapy, discipline and patience but rather a genetic defect like being born with a long tail like a rat.

            • librtifirst

              I tend to lean toward psychological and environmental. Psychological in that so many sex offenders are screwing up large amounts of childhoods that eventually act out in homosexual ways. Environmental as we are bombarded with chemicals such as BPA, fluoride, GMOs, vaccines, etc. that our DNA is actually being changed after birth, which severely effects our neurological system and literally changes our thinking. Every generation goes further down this DNA rabbit hole as these mutations are passed down, which explains the liberal thinking boom.

              But I don’t really have much of an opinion on it. 🙂

          • WestGAFlash

            You are right, but consider this. The EPA used to target young college grads who were on an altruistic mission to “save the planet.” These kids didn’t have any scientific background or knowledge of the regs. Once these kids found out they had the power of the Imperial Gub’mint behind them, they just went crazy with power, and Voila! a bureaucrat was born.

            • librtifirst

              Absolutely. I would argue that these idiot kids were indoctrinated by a system that was designed to do what they are doing now. Earth worship is not a new phenomenon, and useful idiots can be used to do a lot of damage for a bigger agenda. Hitler was well know for using useful idiots, then killing them off when he was done with them.

              The goal is totalitarianism. Its not about ideology, it is about global domination. Ideologues tend to be blind, and therefor can be easily fooled.

  • CarlosLumpuy

    About 40% of America’s electricity generation comes from coal.

    Coal mines and related industry are some the largest private sector employers in West Virginia, Kentucky,

    China is building a new coal fired electric plant every month, while this administration shuts ours down.

    The private sector is doing just fine we’re told.

    Your re-election chances are doing just as well.

    • librtifirst

      China is also recieving our energy via exports. Oregonians helped pay for a pipeline through the state, and we were sold on it by them saying that we will have lower natural gas bills. When the pipeline was finished, our bills went up, and they decided to ship it to China. This was mostly happening durring the Bush years. They just finished it up.

      China is now getting the stimulous money that is going out for “green” industries as well.

  • Sober_Thinking

    The sooner we kick the “Destroyer-and-Chief” out on his butt, the better. This is sickening what destruction this one man has done to this nation – more than all the terrorist attacks combined. Obama is quite simply, the most destructive thing to ever happen to this nation.

    Pray, fight, vote.

  • Of course they admit it… not that they’ll do anything about it. Abolish the EPA and send these vile creatures to the unemployment lines. PLEASE!!

    • Rightstuff1

      Perfect solution….these clowns are for me the perfect analogy of “addition by subtraction”. The more of them we fire the more productive we become.

  • p m

    Oh, nice. Congress gets an assistant administrator. Where’s the head of this perfidious job-destroying, America-destroying POS agency?

  • Kordane

    Why is it necessary to get the EPA to admit that their regulations are having an impact on the competitiveness of coal, when it’s SELF-EVIDENT (to anyone with a brain) that they have said impact?

  • The EPA needs to be reigned in considerably same as many Federal Government depts. Sad what this corrupt administration and mostly useless congress except for a few have done to this country .

  • WordsFailMe

    I worry about those ATF whistle blower heroes now under the mercy of bureaucratic scum. Affirmative Action college grads, obama cousins and criminals like this heartless liberal b****.

    I pray for them like as if we are all in the same squad. It’s hard to be old and have to wait while these communists and perverts posture, slink and hide, re-position and lie and obfuscate when all you want to do is dig your fingers into their hides and rip.

  • I’m sure this will go over big in Pennsylvania, too, which has a big interest in the coal industry AND is now considered a swing state. I think this could change a few minds in a very critical state we have to win in November.

  • 911Infidel

    Gina needs to park her tree-huggn a$$ back in Harvard yard. What an annoying twit. I’m sick of these screball AGW morons running the show at EPA. The intellectual acumen of these adle-brained administrators is beyond stupid and has finally entered into the realm of dangerous. These crazy people need to be swept up, and bundled off to a place where they can catch butterflies and talk to trees. Not a state mental institution, but a habitable island all their own, way the eff out in the ocean somewhere. Al Gore can be their mayor. Or we could fix it so that they are in a permanent “Lord Of The Flies” scenario.

    Oh wait, they’re already worshipping him.

    • librtifirst

      Hey now. I have hugged trees before. I fell on one once right after I cut it down, and had to hug it to hang on.

      • 911Infidel

        LOL. Yeah I was hugging a few tree branches myself today while cleaning up the mess from that derecho that smashed through last night.

        Here ya go. Oh you gotta see this to believe it. I just bet the white-haired vixen above would feel right at home here in this vid:

        • librtifirst

          Woooo! That is some serious psycho-pathological behavior.

          I was hiking through an old growth preserve a couple of weeks ago. It had a canopy that just let trickles of sunlight through. The forest bed was carpeted with ferns that danced in the sparkling sunlight.

          I can appreciate God’s creation, but this is insane.

          • 911Infidel

            Yeah. I’m with you there. I moved out in the country to be in the woods and to be closer to the natural world. But I don’t put trees, animals and bugs before human life. Those weirdos do. Their god is gaia. Mine is Jesus Christ.

            • StandingGround

              Those people on the video are completely looney tunes, aren’t they?

              Kind of reminds me of those spoken of in Romans 1. God gave us nature and things that He made to reveal Himself to us in such obvious ways so that no one would have an excuse not to believe in Him (vs 20). Then the “fools” decided to worship the created things instead of the Creator (vs 25). It doesn’t turn out well for them and many others mentioned in that text. Its a pretty clear message.

              Signs of the times…

              • librtifirst

                Which amplifies how scary this is.

              • 911Infidel

                Well said. One of my favorite points when I talk to AGW freaks. I bring it up often here too. Paul was brilliant. “Professing themselves wise they became fools” (v22)
                Spot on.

        • kong1967

          “I think we are deeply hurting in America”

          Yeah, you’re right you stupid wench. My head is splitting since listening to you tree hugging idiots!!

          What do those morons do after a forest fire?

          • librtifirst

            They feel its pain. 🙂

          • 911Infidel

            Probably kill the humans. You know… in order to make a sacrifice to gaia.

            • kong1967

              They should offer themselves up for the sacrifice.

              • 911Infidel

                I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if many of them were already doing that via witchcraft.

      • kong1967

        Feel lucky you weren’t on the other side of it. If it fell in the opposite direction you would look like the Gingerbread man.

        • librtifirst

          It’s the switchbacks that you gotta look out for. If the tree is rotten or hollow inside, it will not break evenly, and can twist and switch back on you. Not a pretty sight. They can do some pretty nasty things when they hang up as well. If the top stops falling, the tree will bow in the middle and bounce back at you. Several tons of weight can do a lot of damage.

          Maybe that is why logging is considered one of the most dangerous jobs.

          • kong1967


    • kong1967

      It was very hard to pick up from your subtlety, but I’m going to throw in a wild guess that you don’t like the EPA administrators. LOL !!!

      • 911Infidel

        Yeah, I’m too subtle for my own good. 🙂

        • kong1967


  • “EPA administrator admits EPA regulations are impacting coal’s competitiveness”

    Erm… Isn’t that the whole point?

    • kong1967

      Yep. Force them out of business and push our energy rates through the roof….all while the jackass in the WH claims he’s for the “all of the above” energy plan. He’s a liar. He’s for wind and solar and he’s trying to kill oil and coal.

      • librtifirst

        It is widely known by all that wind and solar are wholey inadequate, and not viable as a replacement for current sources of energy. Wind and solar are simply a diversion to keep people from thinking that they are shutting down our only currently viable options. It is a part of the big picture. They can enrich their corporate buddies in the process by handing them government contracts that will produce nothing, and make them a huge amount of money. If there is any production to come out of it, China will provide, as they are shipping out to the promised land.

        He isn’t trying to kill oil and coal, he is killing them. Romney will follow suit. Obama is the most prolific liar that I have had the displeasure of witnessing as our president. Though some others tried hard, they don’t match up with Obama.

        • NCHokie02

          I don’t get the whole solar argument either. I mean when they come out with something the size of a credit card that I can attach to my roof and it can power my whole house continually then hey….I’ll be all for solar. Until that technology comes to be though I don’t want it. It isn’t efficient yet. A whole roof covered with solar panels and when one gets a crack in it from hail or a big storm comes through and damages a bunch of them they break and cost a fortune to replace. It’s not like they are like $10 buck to purchase and install. Huge solar farms exist out in the west and they provide a small fraction of the power to cities because thats all they can generate. I mean there is a reason we aren’t at solar powered crap yet…because the technology isn’t there yet. And it may never be.

          • librtifirst

            I think that a realistic outlook on energy would be that if the population continues to grow, then individual usage will have to decrease, or the way that we use it will have to be more efficient.

            I personally think that the global elite view all of these resources as being their own, and this is why they are shutting down the higher levels of production. While they do this, they are also stepping up their eugenics programs. When they bring all of the free states to their knees, they will just start cutting us off from the energy.

            This is what happens when you give a handful of people the power to control the food and water supply to the whole world. Now that they have socialized everything, including medical care, it will be easy to force deadly vaccination on people and spread disease to decrease the populations and put them in submission. They are putting poisons in the water as well, and are now publicly declaring that they want to add lithium to the water supply of the industrialized nations. By the way, there is a lot of lithium in Afghanistan.

            They cannot do any of this without the central banks. This is why I argue for competing currencies, because the wealth of a local community could be based on anything that they chose, rather than a global centralized fiat currency that our assets and real property are legally tied to.

            The bottom line is that these “alternative” energy sources are just being pushed to keep our eyes off of the big picture, because we know, that they know, that they will never amount to anything.

        • kong1967

          I’m not sure where you get that Romney will follow Obama’s lead and be anti-oil and coal. I don’t see that.

          • librtifirst

            I have watched several presidents create and expand the regulatory agencies that were created to just that, shut us down. From Bush 1 to present, this agenda has been fluent in its execution. It goes back beyond that, but this is what I have witnessed.

            The same goes for our foreign policies. We have simply executed plans that they made in the seventies and eighties in the last twenty years, and mostly in the last ten. Obama picked it up and carried it just as Romney will do.

            Romney would have to be the ultimate rebel to make any real changes.

  • notebene

    The EPA is one of the first agencies that need to be disbanded once we get the socialists out of office! GSA and the Dept. of Education need to follow suit. All three do nothing positive, are a drag on our nation, and are corrupt to the core! If we don’t successfully reduce the size of government and get rid of nonsense regulations meant to cripple our nation, we will be in irrevocably dire straits. It has been proven time and again that the EPA has used manipulated data, not real scientific facts, to push regulations that don’t help our environment, but anchor us to foreign energy sources, rather than our own! November is only the beginning…we have serious clean up to do!

  • c4pfan

    The GOP helped in this as well. It’s not just Democrats!

    • kong1967

      The topic is the EPA, which Congress cannot control. The EPA has been given too much power to regulate businesses to death.

  • kong1967

    Of course, that’s been the plan from the beginning. Destroy our energy sector so energy costs go through the roof and Obama’s crony friends at Solynra (etc.) get some business. He is on video (before elected) stating that’s what he wanted to do.

  • James1754

    It is very simple. We need to stop giving government bureaus the ability to make policy that effect the public without going thru congress. These regulations could never pass the legislative process.

  • Yazz55

    For many many years the three letters epa has stood for


    However, in the current environment, seeing as the coal industry is mostly unionized that the obamessiah regime is trying to kill these union (pardon my language for the usage of that dirty U word) jobs.

    • NCHokie02

      You would think that the Unions would be fighting tooth and nail against the EPA since they directly affect their members jobs.

      But then again, what do Unions actually care about their members well being as long as it doesn’t serve a political agenda and they get their dues to spend as they see fit.

      On a side note, it always amazes me how Union bosses have so much money, Trumpka, and their members struggle yet continue to pay up.

  • 12grace

    EPA wants to squash the coal industry because the EPA wants to help the left collapse our system.

  • another obama freak-a-zoid.

  • Sandra123456

    Where are we going to get the electricity to power our soon to be mandated $40,000 Chevy Volts, if we shut down coal mining? (Like health care mandating that we buy a Chevy Volt will be a tax.)

    Liberals find it hard to think 2 or 3 steps ahead.

    • WestGAFlash

      Liberals think?

    • Suzyqpie

      Hi Sandra, I was on a car trip with one of my liberal friends 9 yr old boy. I stopped to get gas and the liberals liberal kid, parroting his parents, said how great it is going to be when we all have electric cars. I said, do you know where electricity comes from? Reply from liberals liberal kid, it comes from the wall. Perfect, ok he’s 9, but off to being a good ignorant liberal.

      • Sandra123456

        Wonder what a fill up with electricity costs? It is never mentioned.

        • KenInMontana

          I know that if you run an electric car (like the Nissan Leaf) to nearly “empty” it takes on average about 11-13 hours to recharge. The cost would depend on the rates in the area where it is being charged. The most serious downside to electric cars are the batteries, their maximum lifespan is about 7 years, average is probably closer to 5. They will then need to be replaced at a cost of somewhere in the neighborhood of $7500. That is not even considering what goes into the manufacturing of those batteries, they are no where near as “green” as they would like everyone else to believe.

          • NYGino

            So true Ken. This actually makes all electric cars worthless on the used car market.

      • KenInMontana

        Sadly I know more than a few adults that think like that, electricity comes from the socket, food comes from the grocery store, et cetera.

        • DebbyX

          And when you write a check, the bank magically hands you back money!

          What a wonderful world we live in.

          • KenInMontana

            I know some “adult” children that still believe that as long as you still have checks in the register, you still have money.

            • NYGino

              And now that Obama has been elected he is going to pay for my rent and my gasoline.