There’s a story here in the US News & World Report Washington Whispers, Paul Bedard: “Coal Reg[ulation]s Would Kill Jobs, Boost Energy Bills — Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data. Overall, the rules aimed at making the air cleaner could cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion, warns a trade group. ‘Many of these severe impacts would hit families living in states already facing serious economic challenges,’ said Steve Miller, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. ‘Because of these impacts, EPA should make major changes to the proposed regulations before they are finalized,’ he said. The EPA, however, tells Whispers that the hit the industry will suffer is worth the health benefits.” Worth it! The jobs lost? The $180 billion in new electricity bills? “[W]orth it because of the health benefits.” Now, the EPA is Obama — and we can go back in time, Obama told us that this was going to happen. He promised us. January 2008, San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board meeting during a discussion about energy and the environment, one of the members of the Chronicle Editorial Board asks about alternatives, including coal. This is what candidate Obama said…

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