Chuck Eaton: Obama’s power grab – The Newnan Times-Herald

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Jul

Chuck Eaton: Obama’s power grab – The Newnan Times-Herald

[T]he Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 1,600 pages of new regulations that control existing coal-fired power plants, a staple producer of energy for our nation. With great fanfare, often repeated by the media, EPA announced that there was full flexibility as to how the rules could be implemented. What’s lost in the minutia of the volumes of regulations is that the only choice is to ultimately move away from coal, which accounts for roughly half our nation’s energy production. EPA’s purported “flexibility” is a perfect example of a Hobson’s Choice because, if implemented, there is no choice but to abandon coal. And the terrible irony is that the result would actually increase worldwide pollution, as our coal and manufacturing jobs are shipped overseas to countries with far fewer environmental controls.

And what about the impacts at home? Look no further than the president’s own words in 2008 when discussing the earlier iteration of his carbon plan: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

Fortunately, the president doesn’t have the final word. Georgia has a robust energy planning process for electric utilities that involves long-range planning, with keen sensitivity to customer and economic impact. As chairman of the Public Service Commission, my colleagues and I intend to adamantly challenge this latest federal regulatory overreach and prevent electricity rates from skyrocketing.

Georgia operates some of the most efficient, well-run, environmentally responsible facilities in the country. Reliability and affordability are the result of our current regulatory construct. The Obama Administration’s initiative looks to dictate what energy sources can be built and how and when they can be run. But, beyond that, it even tries to mandate renewable energy percentages and the amount of energy efficiency options consumers must buy regardless of the cost to consumers. Mr. President, respectfully, that is our job, not yours. Enough with the federal power grab … in this case, a literal power grab.

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