War on coal
While campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama said his cap-and-trade tax plans would “bankrupt” anyone building a coal-fired power plant. Although those taxes haven’t materialized, the Environmental Protection Agency has put the brakes on 79 surface mining permits in four states since he was elected.
The EPA says these permits could violate the Clean Water Act and warrant “enhanced” review. But the agency went even further last week, announcing plans to revoke a permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia – a move that has caused anxiety among coal-state Democrats about the future of the industry under the Obama administration.
Oh, don’t be coy with that “War on coal,” “War on Fox” euphemizing. Call it what it is right up front — the War on America — and be done with it.
Although his favored cap-and-trade bill hasn’t yet been passed, West Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III, who supported Mr. Obama’s candidacy, called the EPA moves part of a stealth campaign to stifle the industry.
“Right now, my belief is that they’re trying to kill off surface mining through regulation what they cannot get done through legislation,” Mr. Manchin told MetroNews Talkline, a West Virginia call-in radio program, earlier this month. In West Virginia, 23 permits are being held up, with other affected states being Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson assured Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, West Virginia Democrat, at a recent congressional hearing that the agency had no “hidden agenda” when it comes to mining.
But Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, who also backed the Obama presidential bid, is outraged that the EPA is revoking a permit in his state. “I am angry with the EPA’s announcement that they will use veto power to revoke the authorized Spruce Mine permit in Logan,” he said. “It is wrong and unfair for the EPA to change the rules for a permit that is already active.”
Cry me a river, cupcake; them there’s what you get. My sympathy is…so limited as to be not even measurable by conventional means. Remember, according to your Dear Leader, we all have to “pitch in” and “get some skin in the game.” So sit back and suck on the monster you’ve enabled. And those of you in those coal-mining states ought to think about all the times you’ve re-elected these left-wing, anti-prosperity, settle-for-less Democrat Socialists while you’re either losing your jobs, going broke, or wearing three sweaters around the house this winter, too.