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Obama's Abandoned Power Plants

Harry343 Wrote: Sep 29, 2012 3:36 PM
"Environmentalist groups aligned with the Obama administration, such as the Sierra club, are happy to see coal burning plants shut down, and have nearly 400 more plants targeted. Will the still be happy when we start having rolling brown-outs and black-outs because the remaining plants and the "green" energy cannot meet the demand? This has happened before. Those who are old enough should remember. This is the promise of Obamaville. Of couse, he, his family, his friends, and the other elite will not suffer this change to their life style. Only us slugs will suffer - this is the "social justice" he promises.
Eric1945 Wrote: Sep 29, 2012 7:50 PM
Ditto... the very idea that alternative energy sources could replace fossil fuels is just plain ludicrous. Strong leadership at the top can put away some of the barriers that the Obozo administration has erected to "level the playing field". An AMERICAN president, without an axe to grind with the country that has given him everything he has, wouldn't have let things come to this point!
LtScrounge Wrote: Sep 30, 2012 4:26 PM
The ONLY alternative fuel that comes close to being remotely close to economically viable is renewable biomass fuel pellets since they can be burned in coal plants with minimal modification AND at a cost per BTU that is between the cost of coal and natural gas. And which alternative fuel is the Obamao administration NOT putting money into developing? Yep Renewable Biomass fuel pellets. In fact they have actually put regulations in place to restrict their use in Texas.
Texas Chris Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 7:23 AM
@Eric,
Respectfully, I disagree with your statement "Strong leadership at the top can put away some of the barriers..."

We don't need leadership "from the top", we need the top to accept the fact that they are ill equipped to regulate the energy industry, and get the hell out of the way.
Texas Chris Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 7:24 AM
It's not the FedGov's job to be "putting money" towards ANY energy development.
Eric1945 Wrote: Sep 29, 2012 7:49 PM
Ditto... the very idea that alternative energy sources could replace fossil fuels is just plain ludicrous. Strong leadership at the top can put away some of the barriers that the Obozo administration has erected to "level the playing field". An AMERICAN president, without an axe to grind with the country that has given him everything he has, wouldn't have let things come to this point!
wiseone Wrote: Sep 29, 2012 4:23 PM
The private sector, motivated by profit, would always provide us with plenty of cheap energy if the world's governments would let them.

In the 1970s we had gasoline shortages because Nixon froze the price of gas at 35 cents/ gallon and because OPEC formed their cartel and padded prices.

In the 2000s Californians enjoyed rolling blackouts because their fool of a Governor, Grey Davis, began sanctioning power plants that weren't 'clean' enough.

And through it all the environmentalists have stopped the construction of all new refinries and systematically shut down nuclear power plants and hydo-electric power plants while doing NOTHING to replace them.

Do you know that we now import more than 13% of the refined gasoline we use?
Eric1945 Wrote: Sep 29, 2012 7:54 PM
The EPA's tentacles are far too reaching. They have to be stopped, along with the phony administrative orders that were used to usurp the power of Congress.
Texas Chris Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 7:21 AM
"In the 2000s Californians enjoyed rolling blackouts because their fool of a Governor, Grey Davis, began sanctioning power plants that weren't 'clean' enough."

In the 1950s-1960s California had unmetered residential electrical service. Pay a flat fee, use all you want. What happened in the late 60s? Government regulation.

If voters knew how America's economy would look after two terms of President Barack Obama's administration, Mitt Romney would win in a landslide.

In the 2008 campaign, President Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that the “notion of no coal...is an illusion.” He noted that he favors a cap-and-trade system “[s]o if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

While Obama did not get to implement cap-and-trade, he found other ways to shut down coal...