Environmentalists deserve a lump of coal for Christmas

If I were president, I would declare a national “Slap an Environmentalist Upside the Head Day.”

No, I’m not anti-environment and yes, I believe in recycling. But I’ve watched in horror over the past 20 years as unelected officials of the Environmental Protection Agency have destroyed jobs in the coal industry, hurt businesses and individuals, and ruined entire communities with their overly zealous behavior and impossible-to-follow regulations.

Of course, environmentalists who aren’t even part of the EPA but who worship at the feet of the agency also want to do their part to stop coal in its tracks, even when it won’t be used in the United States.

A case in point is a recent trend of environmentalists in the northwestern U.S. blocking coal-producing states such as Wyoming from shipping their products to nations overseas that are willing to pay for it. What’s the result? The usual – loss of jobs, loss of revenue and damage to the U.S. economy.

Wyoming, which is only interested in exporting 1 percent of the 400 million tons of coal it produces each year, is being thwarted from doing so by environmentalists in states that control Pacific ports.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is calling it “interference with interstate commerce.” Do these environmentalists really think that Asians who have purchased coal produced by Wyoming in the past will stop using coal as a result of this? They’ll just get it from somewhere else. The environment will not be protected, but American companies in Wyoming, Montana and elsewhere will lose money and have to cut jobs.

Can we please start electing American politicians who are more interested in Americans and their welfare than they are in trying to promote their own personal legacies?


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