Obama Winter: The War on Coal

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Obama Winter: The War on Coal

[cap­tion id=“attachment_51865” align=“alignright” width=“210”]Snow run New Year Author on New Year’s Day[/caption]

By John Ruberry

The high tem­per­a­ture tomor­row is expected to reach11 in Chicago tomor­row. That’s with­out the wind­chill. We may face 48 hours of sub­zero weather for the first time in twenty years. About two feet of snow has fallen since New Year’s Eve where I live in Mor­ton Grove, Illinois.

It’s snow­ing here as I begin this post.

Wel­come to global warm­ing – 2014 edition.

Yes, I’m aware that a week of weather does not define our cli­mate. But today’s a good day to delve into the White House global warm­ing agenda and its War on Coal. Forty-​five per­cent of our elec­tric­ity comes from coal, which is an abun­dant domes­tic energy resource. Depend­ing on who is doing the count­ing, any­where from 207 to 285 coal plants are sched­uled to close in the next decade. Cit­ing cli­mate change and its clean air reg­u­la­tions Pres­i­dent Obama’s rad­i­cal­ized EPA – not our elected Con­gress – is behind the shut­ter­ing of these plants.

The rip­ple effects of the War on Coal will be wide­spread. With fewer coal plants, obvi­ously there will be less need for coal min­ers. In a let­ter to the pres­i­dent, Demo­c­ra­tic and Repub­li­can state leg­is­la­tors in Ken­tucky declared, “Coal is not just an energy source, it’s a way of life.”

[cap­tion id=“attachment_51866” align=“alignright” width=“192”]Colorado coal train Coal train, Col­orado plains[/caption]

You can make the same argu­ment about coal and the rail industry.

Few com­modi­ties are as essen­tial to rail­roads and rail­road jobs as coal. Fully 25 per­cent of rail­road rev­enue, one-​in-​five rail­road jobs and 40 per­cent of freight cars owe their exis­tence to coal, accord­ing to the Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Railroads.

That para­graph comes from the United Trans­porta­tion Union, which endorsed the Obama-​Biden ticket in 2012.

When less energy is gen­er­ated, the cost of it goes up – of course that’s basic eco­nom­ics. Obama’s cli­mate change agenda is not just a war on coal and other fos­sil fuels, it’s also a war on Amer­i­can prosperity.

I just looked out the win­dow. It’s still snowing.

It’s cold, but Obama Win­ter hasn’t arrived yet.

Snow run New Year
Author on New Year’s Day

By John Ruberry

The high temperature tomorrow is expected to reach -11 in Chicago tomorrow. That’s without the windchill. We may face 48 hours of subzero weather for the first time in twenty years. About two feet of snow has fallen since New Year’s Eve where I live in Morton Grove, Illinois.

It’s snowing here as I begin this post.

Welcome to global warming–2014 edition.

Yes, I’m aware that a week of weather does not define our climate. But today’s a good day to delve into the White House global warming agenda and its War on Coal. Forty-five percent of our electricity comes from coal, which is an abundant domestic energy resource. Depending on who is doing the counting, anywhere from 207 to 285 coal plants are scheduled to close in the next decade. Citing climate change and its clean air regulations President Obama’s radicalized EPA–not our elected Congress–is behind the shuttering of these plants.

The ripple effects of the War on Coal will be widespread. With fewer coal plants, obviously there will be less need for coal miners. In a letter to the president, Democratic and Republican state legislators in Kentucky declared, “Coal is not just an energy source, it’s a way of life.”

Colorado coal train
Coal train, Colorado plains

You can make the same argument about coal and the rail industry.

Few commodities are as essential to railroads and railroad jobs as coal. Fully 25 percent of railroad revenue, one-in-five railroad jobs and 40 percent of freight cars owe their existence to coal, according to the Association of American Railroads.

That paragraph comes from the United Transportation Union, which endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket in 2012.

When less energy is generated, the cost of it goes up–of course that’s basic economics. Obama’s climate change agenda is not just a war on coal and other fossil fuels,  it’s also a war on American prosperity.

I just looked out the window. It’s still snowing.

It’s cold, but Obama Winter hasn’t arrived yet.