January 28, 2013

“Obama EPA kills power plant, 3,900 jobs in Texas”

Quietly, behind the scenes, unelected leftist true believers, posing as environmental stewards, are releasing ever-more burdensome regulations with the force of law to de-industrialize the US and turn itself into a kind of centralized authority that will control industrial policy from DC. 

And all this was made possible by a three-panel “conservative” court who gave the EPA the authority to police human exhalation as a pollutant.

Chase Power, the parent company behind the $3 billion Las Brisas coal power plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, announced yesterday that it was cancelling the project.

“Chase Power … has opted to suspend efforts to further permit the facility and is seeking alternative investors as part of a plan of dissolution for the parent company,” Chase CEO Dave Freysinger told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Freysinger made it very clear who was responsible for the projects death. “The (Las Brisas Energy Center) is a victim of EPA’s concerted effort to stifle solid-fuel energy facilities in the U.S., including EPA’s carbon-permitting requirements and EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for new power plants,” he said.

[…].  Economists had projected that in the first 5 years of construction and operation the project would create as 1,300 direct and 2,600 indirect jobs. Now none of those jobs will exist.

“These costly rules exceeded the bounds of EPA authority, incur tremendous costs, and produce no real benefits related to climate change,” Freysinger commented.

My question is this:  at what point do we begin to see states tell the EPA that its legal (according to the federal courts) jurisdiction over the air inside their state is nevertheless unwelcome, and that the state has decided it will operate in violation of federal environmental law as dictated by the EPA, the question of jurisdiction notwithstanding?

Who will stand up to this bureaucratic tyranny?  Will anyone?

(h/t sdferr)


Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:49am

Comments (10)

  1. It is difficult when a corporation such as Chase Power believes it will conduct itself ‘according to law and regulation’ in a political environment where ‘law and regulation’ devolves to the mere whim of holders of power, i.e. tyranny. Such an environment, that is to say, political situation, stands directly contrary to the idea of American liberty. Takes blinders not to see it.

  2. food stamp promised he would bankrupt anyone trying to build a coal plant

    and the perverted fascism-enabling Roberts court gave him a green light to do so

    this isn’t really America anymore and it’s dangerous to forget that

  3. Time for another Battle of Gonzales.

  4. I still live in the hope that Texas will show us the way. Not today, I guess.

    I just hope they don’t wait ’til after the blackouts come. By then, it’ll be too late.

  5. I don’t see Richard Windsor’s replacement’s orders from Obama being to withdraw to preserve the honor of EPA’s arms.

  6. I’m thinking Obama isn’t up to speed on his Machiavelli, to wit: “The property of his subjects he will most carefully leave alone; a man will sooner forgive the slaying of his father than the confiscation of his patrimony.”

  7. Is there any cause for joy in seeing Obama keep a promise?

  8. Gov. Perry has been quite willing to push back the EPA’s overreach: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/highlight/epa_texas

    Texas has its own power grid (separate from the 2 other grids that cover the other states), so I have to wonder what preparations have been made by TX in the event of power shortages caused by all of the upcoming coal plants closing.

  9. Press releases aren’t actual push-back, Libby. I could be jaded, because I have a very low opinion of Rick Perry, but saying, “Whoo, boy, I sure didn’t like that EPA decision. Did you? Me, neither.” doesn’t exactly light my fire. He doesn’t do anything to actually push back against the Feds. (Case in point, how he and Dewhurst scuttled the anti-TSA bill in 2011 because it was “embarrassing” nationally.)

  10. sunny-dee, did you actually read the first sentence of what you linked?

    A Texas senator who wants to prohibit intrusive searches during airport security pat downs said on Wednesday his bill is likely dead after a threat from federal officials to close airports if the measure passed.

    And it doesn’t mention Rick Perry at all.