In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead criticized the agency’s proposed regulation of greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants.
Since Wyoming is the biggest coal producer in the U.S., Mead is very concerned about the economic consequences to his state from Obama’s war on coal.
According to a story in the Casper-Star Tribune, Mead’s letter put the latest rule in context of the agency’s larger effort to remove coal from our country’s energy mix. Mead also takes aim at EPA for misleading the public about the commercial feasibility of the technology the new rule would require.
“Numerous air regulations have been proposed and promulgated to eliminate use of the United States’ leading source of low-cost, reliable energy — coal,” Mead wrote to McCarthy. “This proposal is yet one more example. The proposed regulation will adversely impact Wyoming’s economy as the leading coal supplier to the United States. It lacks sound reasoning, technological justification and will not provide regulatory certainty.”
Mead stated the EPA is misrepresenting the viability of the carbon-capture technology, which he said has not been integrated and proved for use at a commercial-scale coal power plant. The state has mounted a series of lawsuits under Mead’s tenure against recent EPA air quality rules and regulations.
McCarthy insists that carbon capture technology is commercially feasible. The technology involves capturing carbon dioxide from the coal and then burying the greenhouse gas underground.
Unlike McCarthy, Mead’s views on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology are based in fact.
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