Wyoming Liberty Group
“I've got a pen, and I've got a phone.” – Barack Obama
The name “Clean Power Plan” would suggest it is about clean electrical power, and, ostensibly, it is.
“The EPA has become a rogue political arm of the White House,”
– Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Chairman, House Subcommittee on Energy and Power
The Veil of Secrecy is Drawn
When visions of Taj Mahals at the Wyoming Capitol are coupled with state revenues tumbling into the abyss, count on some Wyoming legislators to figure out how to keep on spending. One creative solution is to hide escalating costs in other agency budgets. But burying spending takes the Capitol renovation project in the wrong direction. Instead of creating a legacy debt and higher taxes, the Capitol project must remain transparent and be brought back to a basic renovation, one that Wyoming taxpayers can afford.
Such is the stuff of unicorns and leprechauns.
– FERC Commissioner Tony Clark
One aspect of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) we have not yet discussed in this series of blogs on the Clean Power Plan is the reliability of America's electric power generation in 2030. The recent winter storm Jonas on the east coast should remind us of how much we have come to depend on reliable electric power. That only 74,000 people were left with no power is a tribute to some excellent engineering. For how much longer?
A meme has been going around Facebook asking, "Did you know that it would take an area of just 254 kilometres squared filled with solar panels to power the entire world?" No sources, no calculations from known data, nothing. Just a bald faced assertion.
Really? Let's see if someone with a degree in philosophy, not in engineering, can do a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation.
What will the environmental effects of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) be? Recall that the stated media driven, post-Kyoto Protocol (to which the US did not subscribe), goalis to reduce the Earth's temperature increase between now and 2100 to less than 2 ℃.
The short answer is: zilch.
What is the EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP)? It is a cap and trade scheme intended to reduce emissions from existing power generators such as coal generators. It was proposed by the EPA in June, 2014, and the final rule was unveiled by President Obama on August 15, 2015. The final version of the plan aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electrical power generation to 32 percent below 2005 (not 2015) levels by 2030.
Maureen Bader and KFBC’s Julio Rausseo discuss where the Wyoming budget stands at the moment and Governor Mead’s spending wish list. December 9, 2015