The EPA’s ‘technically feasible’ standards

From: MetroNews The Voice of West Virginia

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The EPA’s bait-and-switch on coal continued this week in Washington.  During a Senate hearing on the EPA’s budget for 2015, administrator Gina McCarthy tried her best to argue that all the agency is really trying to do is give coal a path forward to continue to be part of the nation’s energy portfolio.

The “bait” the EPA tosses out is carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), the technology that removes carbon dioxide produced during the burning of coal and other fossil fuels.  The EPA says it has a responsibility under the Clean Air Act to reduce CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases because they affect the climate.

The EPA’s new standards for CO2 make it impossible to build a coal-fired power plant in the future without CCS. The problem, however, is that no one really knows whether the economics of CCS work.

Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) tried to pin McCarthy down Wednesday, arguing the new carbon emission standards for coal-fired power plants are not achievable because “carbon sequestration is not commercially viable.”

In her response, McCarthy chose her words carefully.  “We believe carbon capture and sequestration is actually technically feasible (emphasis added).”

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