PA Joining RGGI Carbon Tax Will Result in Texas-Style Blackouts

You have to hand it to Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw, he sure knows how to set off the crazies in the Keystone State. Yesterday Yaw issued a fantastic op-ed saying if Gov. Wolf gets his bizarre Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon tax adopted, Pennsylvanians can look forward to power outages like those recently experienced in Texas, which happened in large part because of the failure of “renewable” energy sources like windmills. Yaw’s comments have the lefties yammering away to “correct” Yaw’s non-standard and non-approved speech.
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IRRC Recommends PA EQB Delay Adopting Wolf’s Carbon Tax

Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) has just thrown up a huge roadblock to Democrat/autocrat PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s attempt to railroad through a proposal to force PA to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a $2.6 billion carbon tax aimed at killing coal and gas-fired power plants. The IRRC told the rule-adopting Environmental Quality Board (EQB) it should delay adoption of the proposed RGGI regulation by one year, from 2022 to 2023.
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Construction Continues at Country’s Biggest NatGas Power Plant in Ohio

Guernsey Power Station under construction (credit: Daily Jeffersonian)

From time to time we check in on the Guernsey Power Station, a mammoth 1,875-megawatt Marcellus/Utica gas-fired electric generating station being built in southern Guernsey County in Ohio. As near as we can tell, it is the biggest natgas-fired plant anywhere, period. We spotted a story about work being done to extend a sewer line to the plant, meaning the project remains active and on track to come online in the fall of 2022.
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Which Natural Gas Markets Will Grow, by Sector, from Now to 2050?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently issued its Annual Energy Outlook for 2021 (see EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2021: COVID Impact at Least 10 More Yrs). Using the “reference case” (the most likely scenario) from that study, analysts at EIA have taken a close look at the growth in natural gas usage from now until 2050. They found natgas usage in two sectors will grow the most over the next 30 years…
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Are Some PA Repubs Like Rep. Struzzi Warming Up to Carbon Tax?

Danger, Will Robinson! One of the leading lights in the Pennsylvania legislature against Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s idiotic (and dangerous) carbon tax plan, called RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative), has been Republican House Rep. Jim Struzzi (from Indiana County). Struzzi sponsored House Bill (HB) 2025 last year giving PA residents a say in whether or not the state should join RGGI (see PA Senate Passes Bill Giving Legislators Say in RGGI Carbon Tax). Wolf subsequently vetoed the bill because he doesn’t want the general public to have a say.
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Biden EIA Predicts Renewables Still <50% of Electric Prod. by 2050

Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), is a sub-unit of the Dept. of Energy. The DOE, as you know, is now part of the Evil Empire (aka the Biden Administration). As you also know, old dementia Joe has been bashing away at fossil fuels since he took office, promising to “transition away” from fossil fuels during his tenure of occupying the White House. Yet the EIA is out with a projection that shows “renewables” (includes not just wind and solar but hydro and “other”) will still make up less than half (42%) of electric power production 30 years from now! Fossil fuels (natural gas and coal) will still have a larger share of electric production than renewables 30 years from now. How’s that for a “transition away” from fossil fuels?
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Generation Now Pleads Guilty in $61M FirstEnergy OH Nuke Scandal

On Friday, representatives of a “dark money” political action committee called Generation Now signed a guilty plea admitting their part in the biggest bribery scandal to ever hit Ohio. Generation Now was set up as a social welfare nonprofit but in reality was a shell organization that received “tens of millions of dollars” from FirstEnergy as part of a $61 million bribery scandal to pass and keep passed House Bill (HB) 6 which funnels over $1 billion from Ohio ratepayers to FirstEnergy in order to keep the company’s unprofitable nuclear power plants running.
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Gov. Wolf Admits Carbon Tax Will Close Coal, Gas-Fired Plants

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is openly admitting that his cockamamie plan to force PA to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)–a carbon tax scheme that will cost PA residents $2.36 billion over ten years–will in fact cause the closure of coal and gas-fired power plants throughout his state. Wolf’s brilliant plan to overcome the big negatives of power plant closings? A new government program, funded by taxpayers.
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Ohio AG Succeeds in Blocking $2B in Nuke Payments to FirstEnergy

Ohio AG Dave Yost

We continue to peel back the layers of the rotten, smelly, stinky onion that is Ohio’s House Bill (HB) 6, a law granting billions (plural) to FirstEnergy in an attempt to prop up the company’s economically failing nuclear power plants. FirstEnergy is accused of bribing legislators to pass, and keep passed, HB 6 by paying out $60 million (see FirstEnergy Involved in Bribery Scheme to Pass $1B Nuke Bailout Law). It is the biggest bribery scandal in Ohio history. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has been hammering FirstEnergy with lawsuits since the bribery scandal was first revealed. It looks like Yost (and consequently Ohio residents AND the Ohio Utica Shale industry) has won.
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CT Gov. Lamont Caves to Radicalized Kids, Opposes Gas Power Plant

Artist rendering of proposed Killingly Energy Center (click for larger version)

Here’s one you can file under the “good things to know” department: It looks like if you’re in a gang of spoiled rotten children and you visit the governor’s mansion early in the morning, banging pots and pans together, and follow it up a few weeks later with behaving like two-year-olds by dropping to the ground and pretending to be dead, you can actually get a (weak-willed) governor to change his mind. That’s what has happened in the “great” state of Connecticut where the governor has changed his mind and now does not support building a critically-needed gas-fired power plant in Killingly.
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PA Gov. Wolf’s $2.3B RGGI Carbon Tax Scheme Gets 13K Comments

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) received some 13,000 public comments on its horrible plan to force PA residents to pay $2.36 billion in new energy taxes (a carbon tax) for electricity produced by coal and natural gas power plants–a scheme called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The plan would greatly reduce the number of gas-fired power plants operating in the state and create energy insecurity for the entire PJM portion of the national electricity grid.
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DC Circuit Court Strikes Down Trump Power Plant Emissions Reg

The Trump administration worked for four long, hard years against the radicalism of leftist Democrats to overturn what was called Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” (CPP)–an odious and misnamed plan that assassinates coal and mortally wounds natural gas power generating plants (see Obama Stabs Natural Gas Electric Plants in Clean Power Plan). The Trump EPA finally published a replacement called the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. Yesterday the swamp judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia gave Trump a parting slap in the face by overturning the ACE.
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EIA Predicts Electric from Gas-Fired Plants to Decrease 8% in 2021

Our favorite government agency, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), is forecasting less power generation from natural gas in 2021, largely as a result of rising fuel costs. EIA says electric power generation by gas-fired plants will decrease by 8% this year. The biggest winner in 2021? Coal-fired generation will expand and produce 14% more electricity this year than it did last year.
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OH AG Asks Judge to Block FirstEnergy Nuke Bailout Rate Increases

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost continues to hammer FirstEnergy Corporation. In November Yost filed a lawsuit to block the collection of $150 million provided for under House Bill (HB) 6, aimed at propping up FirstEnergy’s unprofitable nuclear power plants in the state (see OH AG Files 2nd Lawsuit to Block FirstEnergy $150M Nuke Payments). Yost has just filed another lawsuit, this time aimed at preventing a rate hike from going into effect on FirstEnergy customers across the state.
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Spoiled Kids Stage a “Die-in” at Connecticut Capitol re Gas Plant

(Credit: Hartford Courant/Kassi Jackson)

Ever see a spoiled rotten child, say about two years old, who is told “NO” and proceeds to throw a temper tantrum and drop to the ground and lie there, not moving, pretending to be dead? That’s what the scene looked like yesterday in Hartford, Connecticut as a small group of spoiled rotten children (high school and college-age, never really grew up mentally) staged a “die-in” where they flopped themselves on the ground like petulant two-year-olds and stayed there in an effort to protest a clean-burning, safe, much-needed gas-fired electric power plant planned for Killingly.
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PA Legislators Say RGGI Carbon Tax Is NOT About Climate Change

A member of the PA Senate, Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R), and a member of the PA House, Rep. Jim Rigby (R), together penned a response to an inaccurate column written by PA Rep. Greg Vitali (D) concerning the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). In their response, Langerholc/Rigby flatly state, “Pennsylvania’s participation in RGGI is not about climate change or any other reduction in pollution.” So what is RGGI really about?
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