From today's Wall Street Journal opinion page, more shilling for the dirty energy industry:
The EPA is currently conducting a campaign against coal-fired power and one of its most destructive weapons is a pending regulation to limit mercury and other hazardous air pollutants like dioxins or acid gases that power plants emit. The 946-page rule mandates that utilities install "maximum achievable control technology" under the Clean Air Act—and even by the EPA's lowball estimates, it is the most expensive rule in the agency's history.
The real goal of the EPA's rule is to shut down fossil fuel electric power in the name of climate change. The consensus estimate in the private sector is that the utility rule and eight others on the EPA docket will force the retirement of 60 out of the country's current 340 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity. Reliability downgrades will hit the South and Midwest where coal energy is concentrated. American Electric Power recently announced that the rules will force it to shut down five plants in West Virginia and Ohio, a quarter of its coal fleet.
In short, the Wall Street Journal is back to their usual dirty energy propaganda line. That means, once again, absolutely no word from America's premier, "small government" page about government handouts to mature, highly profitable dirty energy companies. The Wall Street Journal has no problem, however, providing space for a guy who's shilling for the coal industry. Surprise, surprise.