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Below is a sample letter constructed by Our Energy, Our Future to help you Take Action against the proposed EPA regulations eliminating coal as a fuel source for power plants:


EPA Docket Center U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mail Code 2822T ATTN: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0660 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20460


Subject: Comments on Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units; Proposed Rule, 77 Fed. Reg. 22392 (April 13, 2012), Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0660


I oppose EPA's proposed rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new fossil power plants as


currently written. This proposed regulation fails to recognize the importance of coal to America's domestic energy security and will have negative impacts on electricity costs and reliability. EPA's proposal to limit new fossil plants to a CO2 emissions rate of 1000 pounds per megawatt-


hour does not differentiate between natural gas and coal, ignoring regional differences in their availability as well as assuming that they are interchangeable fuels to power electric generation. Since this proposed standard is about half the emissions from a typical new coal plant, new coal plants would have to install technology to capture 50 percent of the CO2 emissions and store the CO2 underground. Given that carbon capture is not commercially viable, prohibitively expensive, and saddled with unresolved legal, technical, and regulatory issues concerning CO2 storage, this proposed standard has the practical effect of eliminating coal as a fuel source for the next generation of power plants. This  such as CO2. My electric cooperative supports a comprehensive energy and environmental policy that


 gas, renewable, and coal, and emphasizes the development of technologies that reduce CO2 and other emissions. But this proposal has the opposite effect, reducing our future fuel diversity and sharply limiting incentives for coal technology development. EPA's proposed greenhouse gas new source performance standard for


power plants would take America's energy and environmental policy in the wrong direction. Therefore, I urge you to withdraw this proposal and work with electric cooperatives and others on another approach to addressing greenhouse gases. I appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on this proposed


rule. Sincerely,


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OEC News Magazine | July 2012


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