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The War on Coal

From the Weekly Standard:

On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed strict new limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants. Energy industry critics, along with a number of influential unions, were quick to decry them. The regulations would limit carbon emissions for new coal plants to 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour. The technology to meet this standard, which involves pumping carbon dioxide deep underground, is so expensive that the coal industry says it will effectively prevent new coal plants from being built. Nonetheless, in a puffy New York Times profile earlier this summer​—​“After Delayed Vote, EPA Gains a Tough Leader to Tackle Climate Change”​—​EPA secretary Gina McCarthy insisted that “we don’t have a war on coal.” 

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