Burning Billions

TEN BILLION dollars is a massive sum of money. It also represents what American Electric Power poured into two of its power plants over the last decades.

AEP installed “scrubbers” at its Mitchell and Cardinal power plants to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide and particulates being emitted into the air.

Unfortunately, thanks to another anti-coal decision by the Obama Administration, it may be money ill-spent.

New rules recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency require a 19 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in West Virginia and a 28 percent reduction in Ohio.

Such numbers are not feasible without inflicting major damage throughout the region.

Such strict air emissions guidelines will eventually close our Ohio Valley power plants. In the process, the coal industry will continue its Obama-driven decline.

Moreover, electric rates are destined to drastically rise while hundreds or thousands of jobs will likely evaporate. The new clean-air regulations create painful and unnecessary hardships.

Reports show that air quality has since marked improvement since 2005.

In fact, West Virginia has reduced carbon pollution by 22 percent from 2005-2012. That is notable progress, warranting no need to impose the recent suffocating sanctions.

The latest Obama air-emissions mandate may result in a somewhat cleaner environment, but at an all-too costly expense for the Ohio Valley.