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    "EPA has already made it impossible to build a new coal power plant without carbon sequestration"
    This claim is 100% erroneous.   You are totally and completely wrong.   Go read EPA's New Source Review regulations if you want to understand how greenhouse gas emissions are regulated under the Federal Clean Air Act by U.S. EPA.    Start with 40 CFR Part 52.21
    •  I don't have to look it up (2+ / 0-)
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      6412093, sebastianguy99

      because I've worked intensely on opposing several coal power plants and I know that no new permits are being approved unless they include carbon sequestration. Look at what happened to the permit for Tenaska's Taylorville Energy Center in Illinois. The permit was rejected because they didn't include a binding number on carbon capture and sequestration. CO2 rules for new plants are now in place.

      If I'm wrong then please tell me how many new coal plants without binding sequestration limits have been approved since Obama took office.

      •  The new source performance standards (NSPS) (2+ / 0-)
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        for power plants set a ceiling on greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions that essentially outlaws coal-fired power plants unless they capture about half of their CO2 emissions.

        The NSPS rules don't mandate sequesteration of greenhouse gasses, but the rule also says that coal-fired power plant have no other alternatives to carbon capture, to comply with the NSPS regs.

        The new reg allows 1000 lb/CO2/megawatt hour or roughly 4 million tons/year for a typical coal plant.  That's half what a conventional coal  plant emits.

        Tar Sands production, by itself, emits around 30 million tons/year of CO2, IIRC.

        The resulting GHG from related vehicle emissions and methane from destroyed bogs are extra.

        Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

        by 6412093 on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 03:01:51 PM PDT

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      •  Your statement is that EPA 'made it impossible' to (1+ / 0-)
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        build a new coal plant without carbon sequestration.   However, the proposed rule.....see

        provides an alternate 30 year compliance period which means that new coal plants can be constructed and operated with out providing CO2 controls at startup....but can install CO2 controls later.   So, EPA's rules explicitly countenances that you can build a new coal plant without carbon sequestration ....under the format and specifics of the compliance period and emission limitations which are imposed.

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