There's been a lot of industry propaganda and scare tactics (the latest at a "debate" held today by the Environmental Law Institute) on the basic theme that we'll have blackouts if EPA proceeds with a plan to clean up the mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-burning power plants (or shut the plants down).
But that is pretty obviously just boiler plate rhetoric aimed at scaring the Obama administration.
Now a new report refutes those arguments. The report, at
concludes that industry can clean up -- and we'll still keep the lights on. Of special interest are recent corporate statements to investors and shareholders to the effect they are ready to meet the EPA requirements.