What Obama's climate change proposal means for consumers and energy companies

  • Article by: JONATHAN FAHEY , AP Energy Writer
  • Updated: June 25, 2013 - 8:30 PM

NEW YORK — America is slowly moving toward cleaner sources of energy and using less of it overall. President Barack Obama's plan to fight climate change will accelerate those trends.

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rolflindyJun. 25, 13 5:45 PM

The Bentek study in Colorado showed that the more wind and solar you installed, the more green house gases were emitted. they are so intermittent that gas and coal plants have to run start/stop, wsting fuel, and stressing machinery, and emitting more GHGs than the intermittents save. Heavily subsidized wind is also limiting non-emitting nuclear power.

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drfranktJun. 25, 13 7:28 PM

Looks like the pres. is declaring war on those "rich" coal miners. Apparently, it's ok for the community organizer to attack the coal miner's union and the livelihood of all those people in Penn., Ohio, Tenn., Ken., Virg., W. Virg., et. al. so that his entitlement minded eco-terrorists can have their way. The end of the coal era, cheap electricity, coal miners jobs, home, way of life is coming to an end for obama's legacy. Do ya suppose his war on coal may give a bit of a bump to his unemployment numbers, as well? Hang on to your wallets folks, Obama is coming to a bank near you to plunder your monies, thanks to the uniformed voter!

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esandeenJun. 26, 13 9:22 PM

Xcel refuted that Bentek study, and they should probably know, given that they actually operate the plants in question, rather than simply theorize about them. You can google "Setting the record straight on wind energy" to find Xcel's answer. They say "The study implies that small, short-term emission increases associated with ramping result in significant increases in the total emissions. This is simply wrong."

According to their website, Bentek is "a recognized leader in natural gas, oil and NGL market fundamental analysis." Fossil fuel industry analysts don't like wind? Who knew?

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