The primary issue is the uncertainty that the operators face. A common problem
under the Obama administration. No one knows what Obamacare is really going to
cost. Another uncertaintly is what Obama is going to do next, particularly if he
wins the election and "has more flexibility".
The CBO knows what Obamacare will cost and have stated that it will reduce the
deficit a net savings. Repealing it will add to the deficit.The
issue is not the EPA or Obama, it is the Navajo tribe that hasn't stated if
they will extend the lease. If they won't extend the lease, the plant will
close. This has nothing to do with the EPA other than to say that there are
requirements for the plant to stay in operation.The company wants to
put in the requirements from the EPA but they won't without a lease
agreement with the Navajo tribe.That means that this whole thing is
on the Navajo tribe, not the EPA, not Obama nor anyone/anything else. If the
tribe has a lease agreement, there is no issue, without it, the plant closes.
California helped elect Obama. They should reduce the power generated to meet
the polution standards and cut power to California while maintaining current
service levels elsewhere.Let the Obama supporters experience the
consequences of their actions.
I remember when this plant and one near Farmington, NM first fired up their
boilers back in the early 1970's. Literally within days visibility in the
area south and east of there (near Flagstaff) dropped from over a hundred miles
to less than 30 on any given day.This was just before the Clean Air
Act was signed by Nixon. We heard the same kinds of threats from the plant
owners back then. But the plants cleaned up their stacks and are still
operating.Scare tactics. Unnecessary then and not needed now.Fly ash from the plant at Farmington was so thick one day that I was
unable to land a small plane at the local airport. Visibility was less than one
mile. Below minimums for a visual approach. I had to fly on to Cortez and rent
a car to return to a meeting. Visible pollutants may have been eliminated now,
but the invisible ones are just as harmful. We didn't believe
the lies from the companies then and we shouldn't believe them now.
@The Rock"Let the Obama supporters experience the consequences
of their actions."You mean like Washington State, which voted
solid "blue" during the last Presidential election.
The real issue is the plant owned by investors will not invest such a large sum
without a guarantee they will recover. The Navajo Nation, an independent nation
will not extend the lease past the cost recovery period. In effect they will
nationalize ownership of the plant at the end of the lease term. The navajo
nation will be in a position to invest the needed costs to operate the plant
under EPA rules. In the mean time the plant will go dark from 2017 to 2019. By
making allowances the EPA could allow the plant to operate until 2019 and then
shut it down until the needed changes are made by the Navajo Nation. In 1969,
the Navajo Nation was declared as a sovereign state.
Just make a list of everyone who objects to this plant, or tries to force new
restrictions on it in any way.Then, let them pay for the costs, if
they decide to go ahead and make the changes demanded. Or, of that is not
economically desirable, make sure the whiners get their power cut off and not
restored until everyone else has new sources of power at the same or lower
prices than the Navajo plant.