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SCOTUS Blocks Obama’s War On Coal

Barack Obama has been dead set on destroying America’s existing energy program with his cap and trade agenda tied to the alleged global warming, or should I use the politically correct term of climate change. Under his program, he would force the reduction and eventual elimination of the coal and possibly oil industries in favor of a more expensive green energy plan. Obama even admitted early on that under his plan ‘electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.’

In the first few years of his war on coal, Obama instituted new regulations that cost coal companies thousands of dollars. By 2012, some coal mining companies were forced to start laying off workers as reported:

“Pennsylvania’s PBS Coals Inc. and RoxCoal Inc. just released a statement that they are laying off 225 employees.  The miners being laid off work in both the surface and deep coal mines.”

 

“Ronald Koontz, General Manager of the mine said:”

 

“‘The failed energy policies of the Obama administration and the ‘war on coal’ that the president and his Democrat supporters have unleashed are the direct causes of this layoff.  Unfortunately, for us, this is just the beginning [of] the work force reductions.’”

 

“‘We are deeply disappointed and saddened that we had to take this action, but the excessive and unnecessary actions of the Obama administration have disrupted our mining operations and taken away much of the market for our coal.  In turn, this will drive up electricity costs for everyone and increase the cost of goods for American citizens.’”

But Obama wasn’t done with his war on coal. By 2014, he proposed new emission guidelines that would effectively force most of the coal powered power plants to shut down. At the time, coal powered power plants were producing 39% of all electricity used in the United States. At that time, 27% of our electricity was produced from natural gas, 19% from nuclear power plants, 7% from hydropower and 6% from other renewable sources. Green energy only accounted for about 6.25% of all of the electricity used in America.

Yet before our nation has had time to develop economically feasible sources of green energy produced electricity, Obama is launching an all-out blitz against coal and oil.

However, Obama’s emissions regulations met with stiff opposition from 29 states and a number of corporations who filed lawsuits challenging the legality of those regulations.

Generally, those lawsuits have to work their way up through the courts before reaching the US Supreme Court, but in an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court took steps to temporarily block the emission regulations from being enforced. What made this so unusual are that the cases are still in the hands of appeal courts.

To no great surprise, the vote in the high court was 5-4 with the four liberal justices grafted to Obama’s hind side dissenting from the temporary block. Many are reading this move by the Supreme Court as an indicator of the eventual ruling once the cases do reach the hallowed halls of the high court.

Jody Freeman, a Harvard Law Professor and former environmental legal advisor for the Obama administration said the court’s move indicated ‘the order certainly indicates a high degree of initial judicial skepticism from five justices on the court.’ She also stated”

“It’s a stunning development.”

The White House responded with a statement reading:

“The administration will continue to take aggressive steps to make forward progress to reduce carbon emissions.”

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who spearheaded the 29 state legal challenge against the unfair emissions regulations was overjoyed with the high court’s involvement, saying:

“We are thrilled that the Supreme Court realized the rule’s immediate impact and froze its implementation, protecting workers and saving countless dollars as our fight against its legality continues.”

Jeff Holmstead, an attorney with Bracewell and Giuliani, a legal firm representing a number of energy companies was also thrilled, stating:

“There’s a lot of people who are celebrating. It sends a pretty strong signal that ultimately it’s pretty likely to be invalidated.”

If for some unforeseen reason Obama’s emission regulations were to win out in the end, they would most likely leave tens of thousands of coal and coal-related workers unemployed. Most of them would lose their homes and practically everything else they own. Entire coal company dependent towns would become wastelands and ghost towns.

Obama, who constantly criticized Mitt Romney in 2012 for closing companies and putting people out of work, seems to have no qualm with doing worse. Worse yet is that he has made no provision for helping the thousands of coal workers and their families to cope with the destruction of their lives. It would be quite difficult for many of them to transition into green energy fields without additional education and relocating to other parts of the country.

Instead of helping those who need the help, Obama will continue to throw billions of taxpayer dollars into one failed green energy program after another. In the meantime, the unemployment level will rise and the nation will probably start experiencing brown and black outs due to the overall lack of electricity being produced and who knows the other overall cascade of negative impacts that will ensue.

Hopefully for all of our sake, the surprise injunction issued by the Supreme Court is an indicator of their eventual ruling that will hopefully stop Obama from destroying the coal industry and the rest of the nation along with it.

 

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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