Energy exec: Power grid being used for political power grab

A political power grab of America’s power grid. That’s the assessment of Robert E. Murray, founder, chairman, president and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation. Speaking at the 2015 Texas Public Policy Foundation “At the Crossroads: Energy and Climate Policy Summit,” Murray characterized the Obama administration as “the greatest destroyer and enemy of available, reliable, affordable electricity that the United States has ever seen.”

Today’s environmental activism is, according to Murray, a political movement seeking to achieve central government control concentrated in Washington D.C. From there, control of electricity’s availability, reliability and cost will be placed under the Environmental Protection Agency with states and their utility commissions bypassed in the process.

During President Barack Obama’s tenure, the percentage of U.S. electricity generated from coal has dropped from 52 to 37. “And I predict it will decline to 30 percent of our power generation by the early 2020′s,” Murray said.

The attempted diversion of American energy consumption away from lower cost coal-generated electricity to more expensive alternatives like wind, solar and even natural gas is impacting both the energy industry and its consumers.

Murray described how increased regulations are bypassing normal oversight channels at both the state and national levels. “To date, President Obama and his supporters have closed 411 coal-fired power generating units, totaling 101,000 megawatts, for no environmental benefit whatsoever,” he said while also noting the likelihood of additional closures as the EPA along with the Departments of Interior and Labor issue even more regulations.

“Regulations from the Obama EPA alone now total over 25 million words, 38 times more than those in our Holy Bible,” he commented.

“Blatantly illegal” is how Murray terms the Clean Power Plan calling its use of the Clean Air Act of 1971 as not a way in which Congress intended to promulgate American carbon dioxide emission reductions that will “radically and destructively transform our electric power system.”

And despite the Obama administration’s enthusiasm over an energy transformation, other countries are increasingly cautious, even skeptical. Last month, Murray said, Vladimir Putin stated “there is no global warming; this is a fraud to restrain industrial development of several countries, including Russia.”

Besides half of the world’s population living without access to modern energy, Murray reminded that half of Indian homes lack a single light bulb for heat or light and that 115 million Americans already qualify for energy assistance. “Green” California with its electricity rates 40 percent greater than the U.S. average has seen businesses closing at a 3-to-1 rate since 2000 and that includes a 700,000 manufacturing job loss.

He continued describing how residential electricity rates have increased 55 percent and industrial rates 26 percent under Europe’s renewable energy mandate. Two years after passage and with $15 billion in damages, Australia has repealed its carbon tax while Canada has skyrocketing electricity costs due to its abandonment of coal.

And now with the CPP looming, the 27 million American households with gross annual income levels of less than $30,000 will struggle with increased electricity bills as electric power grid operators fear the new regulations will jeopardize our power supply’s reliability.

“At stake is not just the survival of coal and reliable, low cost electricity, but our economic security, state sovereignty and your personal freedom,” Murray said. “Remember, Mr. Obama and his supporters are using a contrived environmental crisis as an excuse to seize federal control over traditional state functions. But, as the American public generally does not react until there is a crisis, this time we may freeze in the dark.”

Calling this a “human issue” due to knowing the names of Americans whose jobs and family livelihoods are being destroyed, Murray discussed good Americans wanting to work in honor and dignity rather than being prohibited from doing so and instead falling to the negative side of the country’s economic ledger.

“Well, I am obviously not giving up. Nor should you. We have the law, science, economics, cold hard energy facts and the Constitution on our side. Our cause is right. It is right for our industries, communities and America. We must use these realities to fight our opponents’ intent on destroying coal and our wonderful electric power grid for their own bizarre personal and political ends. We must continue to do whatever we can to overcome the insanity of our current government.”

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Lou Ann Anderson is an information activist. As a contributor at Watchdog Arena, Raging Elephants Radio and Examiner Austin, she writes and speaks on a variety of public policy topics. Lou Ann is the creator and online producer at Estate of Denial®, a website that addresses probate abuse via wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney as well as other taxpayer advocacy issues.

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