No surprise here…………………
Published: Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:35 AM ET Text Size
Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the highest in four months. The increase represents a rebound from the previous week’s sharp drop. Both swings were largely due to technical factors.
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Unemployed Americans attend a National Career Fair
The Labor Department says the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell slightly to 365,500, a level consistent with modest hiring.
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is going to print $40 billion a month for the “big bad bankers” on Wall Street! Obomber is saying we are on the right track! Who do we believe here? Obomber want’s to take more dollars from Main Street (from those “big bad rich people”) and Bernanke is giving them more….very confusing indeed.
Deceptive headlines are a pet peeve of mine..I will probably set up a page of these…once I figure out how to!…lol For now I will post the idea here. The first of course is the “SLOW JOB GROWTH” this “distorter” (reporter) knows full well. or should with a little research, that there is NO GROWTH in jobs..since 2008, there are actually FEWER people working now than before OB set out to “create” jobs!
Now this one is a good one too….Americans FEEL safer now. Terror has taken a back seat! Of course it has, because the “distorters” have not reported about the terrorists that are increasing in the countries where OB has drone killed so called terrorist, and the “distorters” do not report the civilian deaths from these attacks…as they did on the very few that Bush used in the Iraq war. The “distorters” also forget to mention that we are not at WAR with these countries either! So as OB continues to create more America haters in countries we have not declared war on, the people remain uninformed. I guess it is JUST Republicans that MAKE enemies when we use drones…
Is it Bernanke or OBOMBER? Just wondering here. Want to make sure the right person gets the credit for the jobs created or saved, that of course cannot be proved which ones were saved versus those created, but why split hairs over lies.
Will we survive the last four years? I sure hope so…..
Published September 05, 2012
The closure of seven coal-fired electric plants in four states could be a sign of things to come as tough new emissions standards threaten to relegate America’s top energy source to the back burner.
FirstEnergy Corp., headquartered in Ohio, closed power plants on Saturday in Albright, Rivesville, and Willow Island, W.Va., along with four others in Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania as the company phases out aging facilities that cannot comply with new environmental regulations. Three others in Ohio also will be closed in 2015, company officials told FoxNews.com.
“We estimate that it will cost approximately $975 million to make our remaining seven coal-fired power plants compliant with the new [Mercury and Air Toxics Standards] rules,” FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin told FoxNews.com. “Another challenge that the entire industry is facing is a very aggressive three-year timeframe to get the work done. It’s also important to note that numerous other [Environmental Protection Agency] regulations, including those for coal ash, water intake and particulates, are on the horizon.”
“Since electricity is embedded in everything from pharmaceuticals to clothing, the prices of goods made in America will also be going up.”
– Andrew Morriss, co-author of “The False Promise of Green Energy.”
Some 650 jobs were originally expected to be affected by the closures, but fewer than 50 employees will be fired since many workers have taken other positions within the company or retired, Durbin said.
The Obama administration has invested billions promoting cleaner coal technology through “carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS),” a process that focuses on trapping emissions from coal-fired power plants to either reusing or storing it so it will not enter the atmosphere. The commercial success of CCUS depends on developing more affordable technologies since the cost of capturing carbon dioxide from power plants is currently too high for wide-scale implementation.
Critics of the new federal regulations say they amount to a war on coal, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration says accounts for 42 percent of all electricity generated in the United States. And not only is coal the main weapon in the nation’s energy arsenal, the U.S. holds the world’s largest estimated recoverable reserves of the fossil fuel, according to the federal government. They also note that coal-fired plants employ an estimated 60,000 Americans.
“Electric rates will be going up and up as a result of these standards,” Andrew Morriss, a University of Alabama law professor and co-author of “The False Promise of Green Energy,” wrote FoxNews.com in an email. “Utilities will have to either close or spend money upgrading plants, and those are costs state regulators are bound by law to allow them to pass on to electric consumers. Since electricity is embedded in everything from pharmaceuticals to clothing, the prices of goods made in America will also be going up.”
In West Virginia, coal is the state’s primary industry, providing 63,000 jobs and generating $26 billion in total economic impact annually, according to the West Virginia Coal Association.
And according to companies like FirstEnergy, environmental protection efforts are better than ever. Since the Clean Air Act became law in 1970, FirstEnergy and its predecessors have invested more than $10 billion in those cleanup efforts.
“Our efforts are working,” Durbin continued. “Since 1990, FirstEnergy has reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides by more than 76 percent, sulfur dioxide by more than 86 percent, and mercury by about 56 percent.”
But the Union of Concerned Scientists claims the nation’s approximately 600 coal-fired plants — which produce nearly half of all electricity in the U.S. — cause acid rain, global warming and release toxic chemicals including mercury into the air.
“Coal is a dirty energy source,” the group’s website reads. “It pollutes our environment with toxins, produces a quarter of U.S. global warming emissions, and accounts for a whopping 80 percent of all carbon emissions produced by power generation nationwide. When we burn coal for electricity, we place our health, our environment, and our planet at risk. It’s time to reduce our dependence on this polluting energy source.”