Government’s “War On Coal” is a War of Regulations Against America’s Way of Life

from Irish Central – Ed Farnan –

The new EPA rulings will finally bring to fruition President Obama’s promise that his policies will bankrupt the coal industry.

Four years ago, then-candidate Barack Obama explained his anti-coal energy policy in an editorial board meeting with the San Francisco Chronicle: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad.” “So if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can – it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

But the 2010 elections saw a landslide defeat of those politicians in the house and senate who supported skyrocketing our utility rates through cap and trade and it put an end to President Obama’s aspirations in a new energy tax.

But that didn’t put an end to the legitimate means of killing the coal industry, and the day after the landslide defeats of the 2010 elections President Obama said “Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way. It was a means, not an end. I’m going to be looking for other means to address this problem.”

After that the EPA began to enact regulation by bureaucratic fiat rather than the legislative process.

Even staunch supporters in the labor unions are beginning to wake up to the fact that they are being regulated out of a job if the Obama administration has its way. The Keystone Pipeline rejection already has hit the labor unions hard by halting the creation of 20K plus jobs in the construction industry.

Ed Farnan is a syndicated columnist appearing in many publications such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Daily News and USA Today. He is a frequent contributor to Irish Central. Ed can be reached at [email protected]

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Andre Lefebvre, M.B.A.
8 years ago

What happernned to my comment? Afraid of the truth.

8 years ago

It is nice to see so many people ‘on the same page as I’. Lets hope that there are enough of us to change our country back to where it should be this November. He definitely has an agenda of destroying the best nation in the world, EVER! I do disagree with the person who said he/she did not consider O a communist. I do. After all, remember when Maxine Waters declared on nation tv that ‘they’ would own everything! Then she smiled. Lets not let this happen! O is giving China some very plush jobs here in the US – shipping over the Chinese to work on our land and take home our money that is due to OUR WORKERS! The next time, it could be anyone else’s job….. Where is the anger?

Michael Kinzig
8 years ago

For all the good and noble comments found here, I am now permanently dismayed at the overall ignorance and stupidity of the so-called average American…the huge majority of American citizens is simple minded and easily misled, and the ruling elite ,largely liberal, is all to happy to mislead them. We are doomed unless enough of the ignorant can be awakened to the issues that matter, and they are NOT just the economy.

Robert Klang
8 years ago

Obama says that his Energy Policy is “All of the above”, what he mean is “All that is above ground” IE solar, wind and bio fuels.

Michael Kinzig
8 years ago
Reply to  Robert Klang

Obama SAYS all of the above, and means to DO nothing….talk is very cheap, and the simple ,minded usually buy into it…

Wayne Spaulding
8 years ago

Although Obama has already partially destroyed our country another term in office will enable him to totally destroy the way of life we have enjoyed for more then 200 years. We must not let this happen. Every effort must be used to destroy this man’s efforts to end the American way of life.

8 years ago

This man in the White House is the Manchurian Candidate. He isn’t stupid nor he is ignorant. He knows what he is doing. He is DANGEROUS. Whether you like Romney or not close your nose and vote for him, He can not possibly be worst and a divider then B Hussein Obama

Alice Hammond
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul

You are so right — BHO terrifies me. I think he is an undercover muslim and is out to control America, bring us to our knees and then desstroy us!

Howard Wolf
8 years ago

I don’t know if he’s a “black theologian,” a communist, or a socialist. I suspect he is either one of the three, or all three. And none of them is good, all are evil!

8 years ago

China is currently bringing one coal fired power plant per week on line. Probably using the money to build their new line of aircraft carriers.

8 years ago
Reply to  TimO

Leave China alone. They run an economy more Capitalist than we do. China does what is good for China and the Chinese people. Their economy and GDP has been growing at a 12% rate until recently, it just slowed down to 8%. This Country has been in very bad shape even before Mao took over before of WWII. Chairman Mao made things even worst for the average citizens of China.
The Communist Party is still in control but they use little or no regulations and their tax rates are lower than ours. Their schools are also better than our schools and they have no teachers union and tenure.

The OLD Warhorse
8 years ago

Folks, I hate to burst your bubble, but Obama is out to destroy this nation. He is NOT a Communist. He is a believer in Black Liberation Theology and as such has an underlying hatred for this country and its founders. He is using “Green” energy as just one of the tools with which to destroy and enjoys the backing of the radical environmentalists, and their campaign contributions, at the same time.
I understand Obama’s philosophy, but I have never understood the radical environmentalists.
We have the cleanest country in the world. We have the highest standards for energy production in the world.
Doesn’t matter to the enviros. They say: Shut down coal plants supposedly to save the atmosphere, stop drilling for oil supposedly to prevent befouling the groundwater, stop “frackking” for both oil and gas supposedly to prevent befouling the aquafer, tear down existing dams supposedly so the salmon and other fish don’t have to use a fish ladder, stop all nuclear energy because it MIGHT melt down. Oh, I nearly forgot, those windmills are killing birds, so they have to go too. And they just stopped construction on a solar plant in the Mojave Desert because they’ve found a few dead Kitt Foxes and don’t know what killed them. And, the largest solar farm in the world near El Centro, CA, stands idle because the enviros found a judge to prevent construction of power lines to carry the power to San Diego over a corner of the Ansa Borrego National Monument and Ansa Borrego State Park.
So you see, there is no pleasing the “environmentalists”.
Their policy is “BANANA”; Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything.
Obama will use their agenda as a means to HIS ends which is the distruction of the US economy.
How’s that hope and change working out for you???

8 years ago

Under President Reagen we had Bob Hope, Johny Cash and Steve Jobs.
In the B Hussein Obama regime we have no cash, no job and no hope.

Fed Up
8 years ago


8 years ago

As we all know, our founding fathers created a government of three houses: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. Mr Obama in his lead role in the executive branch has taken it upon himself to co-opt control and “fundamentally transform’ this land, not through legislative action and legal, judicial review, but through executive fiat.

Obama promised that he would fundamentally transform this nation – he just did not specifically say WHAT he would fundamentally transform the nation into. Now we know. He expects to create a socialist-like state where equality of outcome is his goal, not equality of opportunity.

Now it is time to decide if this is what we want. Do we want a President who lives within the George Washington / Abraham Lincoln humility and spirit of the presidency as laid out by the fathers, or do we want an emperor full of hubris, a king who commands? Do we want a leader who is sensitive to the will of We the People and respects the supreme law of the land, or do we want a führer?

Make no mistake; this year 2012, will be the last opportunity to turn back from the grip of Obamism where fiat rule-by-executive-regulation is the future, where Congress becomes an afterthought, and where the Supreme Court is only a prop for Presidential derision. We must decide at the ballot box and thank God that the ballot box is still available to us.

8 years ago

I am so glad to see another article on this coal abolishment plan of Obama’s. 40 percent of USA electricity comes from cheap coal and to have EPA gestapo and Obama over regulate it out of existence is plain stupidity, especially if they talk about the unfounded green house gases which is just a proven lie to further tax the serfs. Good job Ed. It is about time this issue is brought to light on a daily basis. Obama is out to kill this country. Did you know that at this present time, George Soros is buying up many weapons and bullet manufacturers. Everything through the back door with this corrupt crew.

Daniel Sullivan
8 years ago

Please read Ameritopia by Mark R. Levin, he is all over the “Obama” unmaking of America!

G. Graziano
8 years ago

We can still explore and implement clean energy such as solar or wind, but in the meantime we need to be able to use and afford the energy resources we now have. The wind and solar industry can compete in the free market just like anyone else. The governments interference just makes matters worse because of their favorable bias towards wind and solar energy and the intent to cause the price of the energies we currently use to go up forcing those industries to close down (loss of jobs) and therefore forcing the public to convert to wind and solar. In a free market the choice should be up to the public.

Do you feel like a pawn in a game of chess?

Bill Lang
9 years ago

I agree 100% with your comment. When it was announced he was running for election in ’08 it gave me chills down my spine. I knew he was out to destroy our country. I made some of my democrat friends mad at me for thing that I pointed out to them but now some of them have come over to my side.

john ryan
9 years ago

Both of your statements are correct. The obama administration is bound and determined to make this a socialist society based on his marxist lennenist philosophy and he has a lot of support in the democratic party to do just that. I don’t know if you read anything on what the communist party of the US said about the democratic party lately but if you didn’t try to get a copy of his comments.

Dave DePuy
9 years ago

Since the Obama Adminisration is shutting down our coal plants, our coal is being exported, mostly to China. They will burn it and pollute the same atomosphere. The Obama Administation is either stupid or they are intentionally trying to bring our economy down. You choose.

9 years ago
Reply to  Dave DePuy

I can tell you that the Obama administration isn’t stupid. There are two ways to conquer a nation, one is by the sword and the other is by debt. Guess which tactic Obama is taking. Once he bankrupts this nation, he will be free to declare martial law and become our dictator. Our nation is more capable to burn coal, oil, or gas in a more environmentally safe manner than any other nation. Why should we allow others to do it and not us??

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