Here's the report today:
In the face of opposition from coal-producing states, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined an ambitious plan to combat climate change using executive actions to force power plants to cut carbon pollution.Obama’s plan has far-reaching implications for coal states such as Kentucky, which ranks third nationally in coal production and uses coal to generate more than 90 percent of the state’s electricity.
Indiana could also be greatly affected, relying on coal for 83 percent of its electricity and, according to the National Mining Association, ranking eighth in coal production.
The president’s plan prompted political leaders aligned with the coal industry to predict economic disaster.
“Declaring a ‘war on coal’ is tantamount to declaring a war on jobs,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said during a floor speech Tuesday. “It’s tantamount to kicking the ladder out from beneath the feet of many Americans struggling in today’s economy.” [Courier Journal]
But one local lawyer who used to also be a coal miner and was last year the democratic nominee for Congress in the fourth district, Bill Adkins, disagrees.
There's no War on Coal - that's a industry fabricated lie spread by Republicans in congress. It's the shame of the UMWA they fell for it in 2012. What's happened to coal is that natural gas was over $15 per million BTU in 2005, but last week it was $3.85 per million BTU. That and advances in technology. The real war is the industry War on Coal Miners, the psyops of the fake War on Coal and the direct frontal assault of Patriot Coal in bankrupting obligations to their employees. Oh, and violating safety regs with impunity.
And it seems that despite his "Friends of Coal" license plate the victor in that contest, Thomas Massie, is a kindred spirit of those working with Barack Obama to destroy the coal industry.
Massie is the proud owner of an electric car and recently looked directly at audience members at a Northern Kentucky luncheon and said that having a friends of coal license plate on an electric car drives republicans nuts, making it clear that coal is what generates the electricity that powers electric cars. But as we reported earlier that was just another dodge on his part.
Massie, like many other "doomsday preppers" lives off the grid and is very proud of the fact that his house is powered by solar energy, not coal fired electricity. So unless he is charging his car at some location away from his bunker in the woods, he was intentionally misleading his audience, which likely included people from Duke energy.
Now back to Barack Obama and his plans. Is the news that he will use "executive orders" or in other words, the kind of powers dictators employ, to kill coal fired generating plants really news? Only to those who haven't been paying attention.
Is there a war on coal coming from the White House? You betcha.