EPA gives OK to operate coal-fired plant that Reid wants closed

On Monday the EPA gave the go ahead for NV Energy to continue operating the Reid Gardner coal-fired plant that Sen. Harry Reid so wants to be shut down so the company will have to buy solar power from his Chinese Communist friends who are doing business with his son’s law firm.

Reid Gardner

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signed the 63-page rule, which says in summary, “EPA is approving in part and disapproving in part the remaining portion of the Nevada Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (SIP) that implements the Clean Air Act (CAA) Regional Haze Rule requiring states to prevent any future and remedy any existing man-made impairment of visibility in mandatory Class I areas through a regional haze program.”

In other words, keep operating but we’ll watch you like a hungry hawk.

Jennifer Schuricht, an NV Energy spokesman, said, “We are familiar with this technology and are confident we can integrate this pollution control system into our operations without issue.”

Cy Ryan reported for the Las Vegas Sun Wednesday night, though the story never made it into the print edition today, that NV Energy spokesman Rob Stillwell called the ruling good news and that additional equipment will be installed to control haze. He repeated the company’s oft-repeated line that  Reid Gardner is one of the cleanest coal plants in the nation.

Reid had no comment on the EPA decision for Ryan.

21 comments on “EPA gives OK to operate coal-fired plant that Reid wants closed

  1. Steve says:

    Watch for the shake out in EPA higher ups.

  2. Steve says:

    Hey look! Market forces accomplish environmental goals government and green movements cannot.

  3. nyp10025 says:

    I was pleased to learn today that Paul Ryan supported stimulus spending for energy efficiency projects designed to reduce greenhouse gasses.

    I had thought he was an anti-climate change whack job, but perhaps I was wrong.

  4. Nibot Mus says:

    Could this mean that there is a God other than than Harry & his machine in the State of Nevada?

  5. No, it means Lisa Jackson should watch her back, John.


  6. Athos says:

    It means there’s an impending election coming (‘cept for THE CROOK) and no time to screw the sheeple out of money just for the love of Gaia. Just remember what Ø told the Ruskie, “And after my election, I have more flexibility.”

    petey! You still blogging for the tyrants?

  7. See today’s front page story, Athos, which I read online yesterday, that says CO2 levels lowest in 20 years due to use of natural gas.

  8. Steve says:

    And I posted a link to that story yesterday! I love the free market, it always has the final say.

  9. Rincon says:

    Thomas, I think you mean to say lowest emissions rather than levels. I don’t believe atmospheric levels of CO2 have dropped since we began tracking them. I would like to see the article. I wonder if you can help me find it online.

  10. Steve says:

    Rincon, I posted a link to that article. And the CO2 levels have not gone down world wide. Its CO2 output in theUS that has dropped to 1992 levels.

  11. You are right, Rincon, the AP story said the CO2 released in U.S. is lowest in 20 years.

  12. Steve says:

    And the reason the CO2 levels remain on the rise worldwide? Mainly China along with other newly industrial countries building coal fired power plants.

  13. Rincon says:

    Steve put his finger on the futility of the whole thing, although I would add that even without China, CO2 would continue to rise rapidly. Even though China invested as much as the U.S. in renewable energy in 2011, they are already emitting more CO2 than the U.S. and will emit more and more as they continue to grow. Even true believers should admit that spending oodles of money on global warming would be counterproductive. Besides, the average citizen doesn’t see it as a problem anyway.

    There are still some worthwhile things that would help the global warming as a side effect. Removing subsidies on fossil fuels, automobiles and renewable energy would be worthwhile on their own merits. Getting off the foreign oil habit through both conservation and domestic production would also be beneficial in its own right.

    A fun fact: Automatic transmissions reduce mileage by about 10%, so we could have reduced our oil imports by a similar percentage if we cared to. I like to think that our soldiers are fighting and dying so that we don’t have to go through the agony of shifting gears.

  14. Steve says:

    Rincon, follow this link.

    See the test drive at:

    This is what Americans want. Not the eggs so many want to force us to buy.

  15. Athos says:

    I hope your last sentence was a misprint, Rincon. That’s a rather shallow statement, otherwise. Someone may accuse you of being a liberal.

    And just remember, what the government gives, the government can take away!

  16. Rincon says:

    You’ll be happy to know that my liberal friends have me branded as a conservative, but my conservative friends think I’m a liberal. Either I’m a moderate or I argue too much.

    As for the mileage statement, I would have no intention of any government fiat re: transmissions. Nevertheless, I believe that if we had attacked our oil habit from both the supply and demand side, 9/11, the Iraq war, and the Afghanistan conflict might never have happened. A good way to start would have been to allow drilling, but eliminate subsidies and tax breaks.

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