Thursday, January 21, 2016

Editorial - War On Fossil Fuel: One Coal-ossal Mistake

President Obama's war on coal took its biggest leap yet last week when the Department of the Interior announced that it will suspend all new leases for coal production on federal lands.

Along with Obama's multiple EPA regulations, including his Clean Power Plant executive action, this could cripple future coal mining in America, from West Virginia to Montana.

That isn't collateral damage. It's the specific intent of a president who, step by relentless step, is trying to shut down America's fossil fuel industry. And it is further indication, as if we needed one, that our president is a global-warming zealot who puts his environmental ideology ahead of the interests of American workers and American industry.

So much for the liberal pretense of supporting an "all of the above energy strategy." As we have noted many times, even if Obama succeeds in shutting down every last coal plant in America, the impact on global carbon emissions will be minuscule. China and India alone are building 500 to 1,000 new coal plants over the next several years.

The Obama strategy is to make American coal so expensive that the industry can't survive in global markets.

...Radical environmentalists are ecstatic. They also don't disguise their end goal.

"From our point of view, the only way that you can manage the coal and combat climate change is by keeping it in the ground," said Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians.

In other words: death to the coal industry.

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