As a result of the numerous scandals that have plagued the Obama Administration over the past 12 months – IRS, EPA, NSA, TSA, DOJ…I’m sure I’m forgetting some uppercase letters here – news about the President’s War on Coal has been pushed to the back burner. If you recall, as a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama promised that electricity rates would skyrocket due to the environmental controls he planned to place on the coal industry.
Well, at least he’s kept one of his promises.
My promise is to not let anyone forget about Obama’s War on Coal. We recently learned that in 2014, the Carbon Power Plant in Utah will be forced to close because of EPA regulations. Because the plant is located inside a narrow canyon, there’s not enough room to install all of the pollution control technology required by the EPA. And that means 74 more workers will lose their jobs.
That’s just one plant, of course. Approximately 150 coal-burning plants have been shuttered since 2010 due to environmental regulations and lawsuits filed by environmentalists, which comes to more than 10,000 job losses. Not to mention the damage done to the communities in which these plants were located.
EPA regulations, based on computer models about climate change that have already been proven faulty, ignore the fact that one of America’s biggest strengths is coal. We have the largest coal reserves in the world, and coal helps keep the U.S. competitive.
So, what is the Obama Administration accomplishing with its War on Coal? Well, it weakens America’s position in the global economy, it handicaps fossil fuel industries and it denies Americans the right to access domestic coal resources. The perfect storm.
How do you feel about the EPA being allowed to shut down coal plants that provide people with jobs and Americans with affordable energy? Please let me know what you think about this.