The EPA Coal Tour


This week bureaucrats from the Environmental Protection Administration have embarked on a “Listening Tour” of eleven cities to solicit feedback on their on-going campaign to shut down the nation’s coal industry.

The cities they will be visiting over the next two weeks are: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Lenexa, KS, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle. Do you notice anything unusual about those cities? They are all outside the nation’s coal consuming and producing regions. Only two cities — Denver and Lenexa — get more than half their electricity from coal and most don’t have a coal plant within 50 miles. The entire West Coast consumes less than 1 percent of the nation’s coal as opposed to 35 percent consumed in the Industrial Belt stretching from Detroit to Birmingham, represented here only by one city, Chicago.

What the EPA is “listening” for, of course, is adulation from urban elites who don’t know anything about energy but are happy to hear about how the federal bureaucrats are dealing with the world-threatening catastrophe of global warming. Here’s how the cities on the list get their electricity:

  • Boston. Coal accounts for only 3 percent of Massachusetts’ electricity, 6 percent of New England’s. The Brayton Point Coal Station, 50 miles south of Boston, largest of six remaining plants in the region, will close in 2017 because of the EPA regulations. In July, Scientific Americanreported that coal has become “virtually extinct in New England.”
  • New York. New York City gets none of its power from coal. The closest coal plant on the New York grid is in Watertown, 320 miles to the north, near the Canadian border.

Read more at The American Spectator. By William Tucker.

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