Clean Power Plan based on plenty of faulty logic

The Environmental Protection Agency is an example of government overreach. It has moved past the original mandate to ensure clean air and water to making economic policy.

The Obama administration’s proposed greenhouse-gas regulations are being addressed through the Clean Power Plan.

Global warming activists will tell you that CO2 is bad and dangerous. The EPA has even classified it as a pollutant. But is it?

If you are concerned with global warming as so many people are these days, the two dirtiest words are “carbon dioxide.” But if there were no carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere, the earth would be a dead planet. Period.

Talk about catastrophic climate change. Take away CO2, and you’d have it. And yet, the Environmental Protection Agency has deemed this essential ingredient for life a pollutant. But, how can something that makes life possible be bad?

Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is an indispensable food source for all living things.

Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace for Prager University, has done extensive studies on enlightening the public on the truth about CO2. He states, “For most of the history of life on earth, carbon dioxide has been present in the atmosphere at much higher levels than it is today.”

CO2 levels were as much as 10 times higher than they are today. From a big-picture perspective, we’re actually living in a low carbon dioxide era. The optimum level of CO2 for plant growth, for example, is four to five times what is currently found in our atmosphere.

That’s why greenhouse growers worldwide actually inject additional CO2 into their greenhouses — they want to promote plant growth.

We’re already seeing the positive effects of increased carbon dioxide now.

Satellite measurements have noted the ‘greening of the earth’ as crops and forest grow because of our higher levels of CO2. We should celebrate CO2 as the giver of life that it is.”

The White House would have you believe that the Clean Power Plan will avoid 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days.

The National Institutes for Health states the cause of asthma is unknown. Researchers continue to explore what causes asthma. CO2 has absolutely nothing to do with asthma.

Extreme events are dominated by natural climate variability. Particularly in the U.S., extreme weather was substantially worse in the 1930s and 1950s.

The White House also would have you believe the Clean Power Plan will create tens of thousands of jobs and save the average American family nearly $85 on their annual energy bill in 2030.

A Heritage Foundation study states that electric rates for the average family will increase by $1,200 annually.

The National Black Chamber of Commerce says that increase in the poverty level among Latinos will be 26 percent and among blacks, 23 percent.

Energy Ventures analysis predicts that compliance will drive wholesale electricity costs up by $274 billion, non-power natural gas prices up $80 billion and costs to replace coal-fired power by $53 billion.

Case in point: Vectren-Evansville coal-fired electric provider invested $421 million in meeting existing EPA regulations, and, as a result, electric rates have increased by nearly 30 percent.

Coal burns 80 percent cleaner than it did 25 years ago. It provides 80-plus percent of Indiana’s energy. Coal fuels eight out of 10 Indiana jobs.

We have an abundance of coal, and it is cheap. Indiana is heavily dependent upon coal. We already have technology in place to control its environmental impact.

Coal is one reason why our state leads the nation in manufacturing. We face no shortage of coal.

When coal mining stops, everyone will pay the price.

Time is of the essence to speak out on this important issue. Jobs are at stake. Layoffs have begun. Electric rates are being affected, and the EPA is proposing rules that will harm our economy. Do not think that this will not pertain to you. Now is the time to let our legislatures know where you stand.

Our governor needs to hear from you as he takes a stand on opposing the Clean Power Plan. Stand up and be heard.

Call our lawmakers:

Sen. Dan Coats: 202-224-5623 or 317-554-0750

Sen. Joe Donnelly : 202-224-4814 or 317-226-5555

Rep. Luke Messer: 202-225-3021 or 317-421-0704

Martha Vail is a Charlottesville resident. She can be reached at