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Monday, June 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The editorial “Those EPA CO2 rules: Let us fight anew” regarding the proposed federal regulations on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants was on the mark.

Amid the discussion of a 30-percent reduction in emissions and the hundreds of tons that would represent is one little factoid that puts this whole issue in perspective, compliments of the Energy Information Administration, the independent data collection and analysis arm of the U.S. Department of Energy: Carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants represent only 4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Regardless of what you may have heard or read from the anti-carbon crowd, knocking coal out of the energy mix will cause electricity prices to rise significantly. For proof, one needs only to look at California, which has all but eliminated coal from its energy portfolio. Electricity prices in California are 45 percent higher than the national average.

The Obama administration's proposed standards will put this country at a competitive disadvantage, due to the higher prices and the diminished reliability of our power supply. At what cost do we go down the path of unilateral economic disarmament, and for what minuscule gain, if any?

John Pippy

The writer, a former state senator, is CEO of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (, which has offices in Monessen and Harrisburg.

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