In his never-ending quest to secure his legacy, Obama has declared through administrative fiat that nearly one-third of all power must come from wind, except when it’s not windy, or solar, except when it’s not sunny, or seaweed — whatever the alternative energy de jour.
We have 15 years to meet this random goal that many experts say won’t do jack squat to reduce global warming. In which time, we will see the loss of tens of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars fueling the economy and watch our monthly bills skyrocket.
In Colorado, 60 percent of our electricity power comes from coal, part of our mining industry that supports more than 73,000 jobs and pumps $8.8 billion into our economy.
Who would support Obama’s nonsensical plan? Well, everyone who Bruce Finley interviewed for his glowing article on the rules.
Finley must have run out of space on the Internet before he could actually include opponents to this pie-in-the-sky plan, except to say “Legal challenges loom. Some governors have threatened not to comply.”
So, we’ll take up the slack. The Colorado Mining Association has asked Colorado to join other states in filing the lawsuit to block the rule, which will be implemented by the EPA.
Stuart Sanderson, president of the mining association, says it’s all pain for no gain, as the rule would reduce atmospheric CO2 by less than one-half of one percent and global average temperature by less than 2/100 of a degree.
“The nation’s coal power plants account for a scant three percent of global emissions, yet provide nearly 40 percent of our nation’s electricity. Meanwhile, clean coal from Colorado has helped the nation reduce emissions by more than 90%.“We are sacrificing affordable and reliable energy for a symbolic gesture, at most,” he added.
We urge the State of Colorado to join other states in challenging this rule. We expect it doesn’t have a legal leg on which to stand.