The Herald Bulletin

February 20, 2014

Viewpoint: Coal-generated electricity is dependable and capable

By Mike McDonald
Anderson resident

---- — Is your electric bill too low? Would you like to pay more? Are you ready for hours or days without electricity?

The Environmental Protection Agency is supporting more expensive and energy wasting regulations that will hurt coal-fueled electricity generation in Indiana and other states. Even though the U.S. Energy Information Administration has reported carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions dropped 3.8 percent in 2012 and are 12 percent below 2007 levels, the EPA continues its illogical and dangerous drive to eliminate coal use.

American Electric Power, which provides power to more than 5 million customers in 11 states, plans to retire nearly a quarter of its coal-fueled generating capacity in response to the harmful and unnecessary regulations. The Department of Energy said regulations would increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent.

The Obama administration is promoting and subsidizing new technologies like solar and wind. These new technologies are not yet dependable in expectable weather conditions, and must have 100 percent backup for the times they do not work. Coal-generated electricity is dependable and capable, as we have seen during this frigid winter. Solar and wind could not have met that demand. We deserve dependable, economical, and modern power generation technologies. Fossil fuels must not be outlawed until the new green technologies can prove their dependability, and economic competitiveness, without huge taxpayer subsidies.

Let your congressional representatives know, not to allow the EPA to harm efficient, dependable and capable fossil fuel use, the foundation of our industrial economy and standard of living. Solar and wind are not ready to handle the demands that keep our country prosperous.

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