“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?