Republicans Hoisted On Their Own Greenhouse Emission Petards

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The Obama administration first proposed the rule last year. Opponents plan to sue immediately to stop the rule's implementation. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Republicans Hoisted On Their Own Greenhouse Emission Petards

Based o the greenhouse emissions of 2005, the EPA has a goal of having states reduce their emissions by 32% by the year 2030. That’s well and good, but two Kentucky Republican senators are vowing to block the White House’s attempts to push the issue further.

The two Kentuckians are Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They’re using a little known Congressional Review Act which permits Congress to block executive actions using majority votes.

The big picture here is really big. The US has chastised other countries regarding their greenhouse emissions such as China. China is notorious for spewing megatons of greenhouse gases as well as other air pollution. The government there is lax in enforcing the laws because of concerns of money more than national and global safety. This is the problem we ha in the US. The coal industry provides for jobs and revenue and stocks. To comply with the regulations set forth there would be theoretically a drop in employment and production. The people who rely on these jobs go es back several generations. They and their ancestors for well over 100 years have spent their labor on digging in the ground.

Since coal is a major energy source, these people are valuable, however, the meteoric rise in new energy sources is inevitably going to put a major dent if not end the coal industry, and the writing is on the wall. Just this past week, several stories emerged regarding advances in clean energy technologies that would dwarf the coal industry. Add to that, many other energy solutions that had been suppressed by government and industry have risen to the public fore and foreign countries are leading the charge. It’s a major embarrassment to the corruption of the US government and the fossil fuel industry that is collapsing all around us.

So in order to get countries like China to comply, the US has got to show the best foot forward. China is not going to stop burning fossil fuels unless someone comes up with a cheaper and more efficient energy source. That, as mentioned, is rapidly arriving and by the time 2030 hits, the world will have implemented any number of alternative solutions to fossil fuels and eliminated a great deal of greenhouse gases.

So now, these lawmakers are going to try to block any new regulations but it looks pathetic and the time has come to turn the coal bins into plowshares.