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Obama Ramps Up War on Coal

Obama Ramps Up War on Coal
Coal transport, Powder River Basin, Mont. and Wyo. (AP)  

By Wednesday, 27 January 2016 09:14 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The knock on President Obama is that he’s a weak, vacillating commander in chief who conducts military operations on the theory that the first side to hit the exit is the winner.

Additional research shows that judgment is not entirely accurate.

Obama’s martial prowess is entirely dependent on the opponent.

He fights Islamic terrorism with a lick and a promise. But when it comes to the war on coal, Obama is a veritable Genghis Khan: relentless in his pursuit of the enemy and merciless when the enemy is cornered.

His latest offensive took place in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Field Marshal Sally Jewell, also secretary of the interior, announced a “temporary freeze” on new coal mining on federal land.

I’m sure this “temporary freeze” will prove to be as temporary as the airline fuel surcharge and government spending programs.

To give you an idea of how devastating this is to miners in the area, Fox News reports: “Roughly 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States comes from federal lands. The vast majority of that mining on government land takes place in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. In total, Wyoming produces more than three times as much as the next-closest coal producing state, West Virginia.”

In an interview Travis Deti, of the Wyoming Mining Association, explained, “There’s no sugar coating it. This is just another attempt to put another nail in the coffin of the industry.”

Prior to the decision to bury the coal industry, functionaries from the EPA held a series of Potemkin “listening sessions” in the area that evidently only found time to listen to green fanatics.

Adding insult to bankruptcy, Jewell made the disingenuous claim the stoppage on coal production “'is not a pause on coal production,' but rather a means for the government to have more time to study the benefits of coal and its impact on the environment.’”

The benefits of coal? How about heat, light, power, modernity, jobs, and a growing economy for a start.

The Powder River Basin has over a trillion tons of coal in easily reached ribbons that are up to 100 feet in thickness. The U.S. has the technology to extract the coal in a minimally disruptive manner and to burn it in clean coal plants.

Yet the fact that coal also produces carbon dioxide — the modern world’s newest “we’re all gonna die!” emergency, ranking right up there with plutonium and anthrax — means the gas that helps plants grow will stop the growth of the economy in Wyoming.

It’s a shame coal miners aren’t cute and cuddly like a polar bear cub. If they were the Obama administration might care more about saving them from extinction.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


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It’s a shame coal miners aren’t cute and cuddly like a polar bear cub. If they were the Obama administration might care more about saving them from extinction.
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 09:14 AM
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