(Nuclear plants account for 19 percent, hydropower for 6.7 percent, and all renewables combined for 5.4 percent of electric power in 2012.)
"The administration's war on fossil fuels is now fully joined," said Stephen Brown, vice president for government affairs for Tesoro Corp.
"Apparently this White House is willing to sacrifice the American manufacturing renaissance brought on by booming domestic energy development on the altar of climate change."
The president's power to take such economically destructive steps rests on a Supreme Court finding that under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency may regulate carbon dioxide.
"Unlike his other signature second-term initiatives . . . Obama can undertake all of these policies without congressional input," said the Post story.
"Though Congress could theoretically overturn an Environmental Protection Agency rule to regulate existing utilities under the Clean Air Act, Democrats have the votes they need in the Senate to block such an effort."
That, then, is the root of suicidal economic policy.