By Al Kuchinka
March 14, 2014
The March 7 paper carried an article about the US House of Representatives’ passage of a bill to rein in President Obama and the EPA in their attempt to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. It’s about time!
Now the question is, will US Senators honor their oath of office, “…to protect and defend the Constitution….” by passing similar legislation in the Senate? Or will Senate Democrats once again prove their disdain for our Constitution and rule of law? Every American should watch closely – because the cost of your utility bills, and some of our freedoms, hang in the balance.
The new EPA regulations are unconstitutional for several reasons.
1. They were not passed by Congress, which has “all legislative powers” granted in the Constitution.
2. The Constitution does not grant the federal government authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions – from anything.
3. The EPA itself is unconstitutional because it was created by executive order, and not by Congress.
If the Senate supports president Obama and the EPA, your utility bills will skyrocket – just as candidate Obama promised in 2008. Coal-fired electricity generation, which produces 40% of our nation’s electrical power, will disappear. No new coal-fired plants will be built in the foreseeable future because the technology is not available. Ohio will be particularly hard-hit because almost eighty percent of our electricity is generated from coal-fired plants.
And that is just the start if we try to go with renewable energy. Electricity must be consumed when produced – storage for later use is cost prohibitive. Winds die down and clouds obscure the sun. Rolling blackouts would become the norm, not the exception. Scare mongers may prevent us from going nuclear (the best option) for many more years.
Contact your Senators and request they uphold the /Constitution by denying President Obama and the EPA regulatory authority over carbon dioxide emissions. Ask them to override his veto if he has the edacity to object.
Al Kuchinka is a local resident and columnist.