Re: EPA implicates fracking as a polution source
Here's the quandary... There are 4 new EPA rulings (Hazardous Air Pollutant/HAP, Cross State Air Pollution Rule/CSAPR, another to do with coal combustion residual disposal/CCR, and a new one forcing plants with once-through raw water cooling to convert to closed loop cooling towers- Combined the 4 rules (due to be phased in 2014-2015), plus increasing coal costs(due to expanded EPA rules on mountaintop removal mining), will cause close to 60 GW of coal power production to close down.
Now, power demand is increasing, and wind/solar can deal w/some of the shortfall but they are intermittent (that is, what the enviro-types don't want to talk about is that for every 100 MW of wind you need 100 MW of dispatchable, non-committed thermal generation to take up all the slack for the majority of the time when those resources aren't producing a single kW).
Due to EPA rules, the only feasible fuel for new generation is natural gas. This is true for the wind-chasers as well as for any new thermal capacity built. So just as there has been a massive buildout of wind power in the US, it's all for naught w/o commensurate buildout of traditional thermal.
The demand for natural gas is going to skyrocket as a result of all these new EPA rules shutting down coal and the large buildout of renewables. If the price of gas gets too high, people won't invest and we will start experiencing brown and blackouts on a regular basis, and this will happen sooner rather than later.
When was the last time you heard somebody say "Go ahead, it's a free country"?