Stop EPA While There’s Still Time

Americans already have seen what can happen when they are told they must go along with an ultra-liberal plan that was not thought out in advance – and about which they were not told the truth.

That describes the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – to a “T.” But because the lies and unpreparedness are becoming apparent now, there is something we can do about the health care law.

That will not be the case regarding Obama’s scheme to shut down more coal-fired power plants and, in the process, drive up electric bills for tens of millions of families.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., seem to be among the few people in Congress who understand the peril of allowing Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency to proceed with its war on coal.

Manchin and Sen. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., have introduced a bill to block the EPA’s plan – which is to destroy the coal-fired electric utility industry before most Americans even know it is under siege. McKinley is serving as a key champion of the bill in the House of Representatives.

What the two West Virginia lawmakers and a few others on Capitol Hill understand is that the EPA plan calls for coal-fired power plants to meet standards that cannot be achieved with existing technology. The Manchin-Whitfield bill would, in effect, force the EPA to allow time for such technology to be developed.

Obama and EPA officials insist power plants can be retrofitted to meet the new requirements. Of course, this is the same president who assured Americans they could keep the health insurance policies they have, if they like them.

Once that big lie was exposed, Obama issued an order he claims will prevent cancellations of health insurance policies for a year.

But there is a big difference between Obamacare and the war on coal. It is that once the EPA proceeds with its plan, utilities will begin building new power plants not fueled by coal. Already, hundreds of coal-fired generating stations have been closed.

Once the public learns of the new lie – when they begin receiving electric bills with enormous increases – it will be too late to reverse the process.

Both the Senate and House should approve the McKinley-Whitfield bill. Obama and the EPA need to be stopped before it is too late.