by Collin Anderson
As Appearing on the Washington Free Beacon
EPA’s stringent emission standards mandate use of green tech that ‘doesn’t really exist,’ experts say
The Biden administration is imposing near-impossible emission standards on coal and gas plants that force them to adopt the use of expensive, unproven green technology—or shut down.
President Joe Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday morning unveiled the standards, which force coal and gas power plants to slash their carbon emissions a whopping 90 percent between 2035 and 2040. To meet those strict standards, the agency is advising the plants to use carbon capture technology to store the emissions underground before they hit the atmosphere.
But carbon capture technology is both extremely expensive and largely unproven—at the moment, no power plant in the country uses it, and implementing carbon capture would require the construction of billions of dollars in pipelines to funnel emissions underground. As a result, energy experts and federal lawmakers are arguing that the standards are aimed at regulating fossil fuel plants out of business…
Still, the administration’s optimism could be dashed by impending legal challenges to the rule. Energy and Environment Legal Institute senior fellow Steve Milloy said the “illegal” rule “has no chance of withstanding legal scrutiny” given a recent Supreme Court ruling that limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate fossil fuel power plants.