Big Coal Scare Tactic: South Carolina Utility Claims 50% Increase In Power Bills From Cap & Trade

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Coal-storage, Santee-Cooper Plant. Image credit:The State, Tim Dominick

This excerpt from an article in The State exemplifies the main 'talking point' being used to oppose Cap & Trade in the most coal-dependent US states: "But in a state like South Carolina, which relies on coal -- a source of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide -- to generate 61 percent of its electricity, the [Cap & Trade] proposal could lead to as much as a 50 percent hike in electric bills, utility officials say." The political advocacy basis of this "as much as" claim is underscored by the fact that the State of South Carolina actually owns a large coal-fired power plant and distributes coal-fired power to millions of State residents. Free market advocates were right - beware creeping coal-ism!
Via:The State, Carbon tax: S.C. utilities wary of proposal - They warn measure could increase electric bills up to 50 percent

State-operated Santee Cooper, which serves 2 million customers directly and through the state's 20 electric co-operatives, relies on coal-fired plants to generate 90 percent of its power.
Wonder if the State of South Carolina ever looked into approaching this as a housing design problem?
The Public Utilities Review Committee study noted that South Carolina ranks fifth in annual electric consumption because of its hot, humid summers and because 20 percent of its housing is older, inefficient mobile homes. The state ranks 40th in median household income.

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