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“Commander & Chef”

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Fox News
By Phil Kerpen

So much for the denials. An administration that throughout its 2012 election campaign denied it was waging a War on Coal has now come out and publicly declared its intention to shut down coal-fired power plants – putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work and sending electricity prices skyrocketing.

This is not what the American people voted for.

Responding to a White House petition to end the War on Coal, the administration said:“The President has made clear that he understands that coal has played a critical role in our country’s energy portfolio for decades and will continue to be an important source of energy in the future.”

Sycophantic liberal media outlets (like The Nation and the Associated Press) went further, repeatedly claiming that the War on Coal was a myth. The Obama campaign even ran a TV ad in Ohio claiming that Mitt Romney would be bad for coal – and trotted out former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland to deny there was a war on coal and echo the attacks on Romney.

Yet today Obama political consultant David Plouffe took to Twitter to bang his chest:“Today's climate announcement underscores that elections matter greatly”– as if Obama had campaigned on shutting down coal plants instead of on denying his intention to do so.

Such denials are no longer necessary. Today a top Obama global warming adviser told The New York Times the denials were just election-year politics. Daniel Schrag said:“Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

And Obama delivered. It’s right there on page 19 of his Climate Action Plan:“Going forward, we will promote fuel-switching from coal to gas for electricity production.”

Indeed, Obama made clear in his speech that he intends to impose regulations on existing coal plants that can only be met through carbon capture and storage (technology that doesn’t exist on a commercial scale), switching to natural gas, or shutting down completely.

Coal still produces 37 percent of U.S. electricity. A Heritage Foundation analysis found that implementing Obama’s proposed regulation on existing coal plants would destroy more than 500,000 jobs, slash the income of a typical family of four more than $1,400 a year, and increase electricity prices at least 20 percent. Price spikes could be much higher in states that depend heavily on coal-fired power plants, especially in the Midwest. President Obama once famously explained that he intended to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”

Obama intends to fight his War on Coal by issuing a Presidential Memorandum to the EPA to issue regulations under the 1970 Clean Air Act. This is despite the fact that the law’s principal author, Democrat John Dingell of Michigan, famously said:“This is not what was intended by the Congress and by those of us who wrote the Clean Air Act. We are beginning to look at a wonderfully complex world, which has the potential for shutting down or slowing down virtually all industry and all economic activity and growth.”

Regulating existing coal plants also has the additional legal problem of arguably being pre-empted by last year’s set of War on Coal regulations under a different section of the act.

And there is zero global warming benefit to go with all the economic costs, because even if all United States greenhouse gas emissions were shut down to zero tomorrow, the rest of the world would keep on puffing. Paul Knappenberger recently calculated, based on standard assumptions, that getting to zero emissions in the U.S. immediately would only reduce global average temperatures an imperceptible 0.08 degrees Celsius by 2050. Moreover, the rest of the world would replace all U.S. emissions within seven years.
The Great One

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Obama will do anything at any cost if he thinks it secures himself a place in history as a great one.

Never got that feeling with Bush. He served the people not himself.
The Taxman

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Having lived in West Virginia years ago, I can say firsthand coal is a dirty, filthy product and a horrible way to produce energy. The sooner coal is out of our and the world's energy equation the better. The President is on the right track tightening everything related to coal from production to end use.

Don't believe me about coal? Go visit or live in and around a coal field, mine or open pit. You'll see visible black pollution everywhere ruining everything it touches. Then go into the hospitals, visit the pulmonary wards, ask the families about coal and air pollution. You'll get an earful. It's a killer. Period.

“Commander & Chef”

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Coal may be dirty but it is a very cost effective means of delivering the energy that Americans want, need, and desire.

So, because you think coal is bad, you would take the jobs of people who choose to work in the coal industry and steal more of the wages from all other Americans through higher energy costs than are necessary.

Why do you want Americans to live poorer lives? If you truly cared about the poor in this country you would be trying to drive energy costs DOWN. Lower costs for necessary energy expenditures leaves more discretionary income and more choice in people's lives.
Lone Palm Fan

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It isn't over yet. By the time Obama's reign is over, the United States of America will be on the verge of, if not already, a socialist country.
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More cut -n- paste from the biggest competitor Jay has for finding non-issues to bitch about.

Asshat.
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LonePalm Sux wrote:
More cut -n- paste from the biggest competitor Jay has for finding non-issues to bitch about.
Asshat.
Asshat is the best you can do?

How about finding facts to refute the statement?

No...that's not your style, is it? Your game is one of deflecting the truth via use of inferences and insults.

Classy. Hint: if you are out of your league in an intellectual debate, it's best for all concerned if you stay on the sideline. To do otherwise is to invite being exposed as an idiot.
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Lone Palm Fan wrote:
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Asshat is the best you can do?
How about finding facts to refute the statement?
No...that's not your style, is it? Your game is one of deflecting the truth via use of inferences and insults.
Classy. Hint: if you are out of your league in an intellectual debate, it's best for all concerned if you stay on the sideline. To do otherwise is to invite being exposed as an idiot.
Perfect response..
What else do you expect from one of lifes losers..

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The real reason Democrats hate Coal.

http://www.thelookingspoon.com/images/blog/20...

Come to think about it, so's oil.
The Taxman

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LonePalm wrote:
Coal may be dirty but it is a very cost effective means of delivering the energy that Americans want, need, and desire.
So, because you think coal is bad, you would take the jobs of people who choose to work in the coal industry and steal more of the wages from all other Americans through higher energy costs than are necessary.
Why do you want Americans to live poorer lives? If you truly cared about the poor in this country you would be trying to drive energy costs DOWN. Lower costs for necessary energy expenditures leaves more discretionary income and more choice in people's lives.
Well, I see the Republican Party line is being pitched: Profits before people and corporate rights over community rights.

Shortsighted policies and thinking such as this is behind the steady decline of the Republican Party. Real Americans aren't buying that old corporate profit line any longer.

Real Americans want clean air, clean water and clean energy for future generations. Real Americans want policies that encourage, promote and reward innovative energy solutions that don't further pollute and harm the country.

And guess what, those policies and practices align with the Democratic Party. Just so you know which party is dominate and why it will remain so for the foreseeable future.
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The Taxman wrote:
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Well, I see the Republican Party line is being pitched: Profits before people and corporate rights over community rights.
Shortsighted policies and thinking such as this is behind the steady decline of the Republican Party. Real Americans aren't buying that old corporate profit line any longer.
Real Americans want clean air, clean water and clean energy for future generations. Real Americans want policies that encourage, promote and reward innovative energy solutions that don't further pollute and harm the country.
And guess what, those policies and practices align with the Democratic Party. Just so you know which party is dominate and why it will remain so for the foreseeable future.
I am neither Republican nor Democrat. Nor Tea Party, Libertarian, or whatever. I have voted on both sides of the fence.

I am an American. First, foremost, and forever.

I am for smaller, less invasive, and more efficient government. And I happen to be a government employee.

There is fault, and plenty of it, on both sides of the aisle. It just so happens that the current administration, in my opinion, has this nation on a path that will lead to the erosion, if not elimination, of what few Constitutional rights we have left.

And bankrupt us in the process.

Personally, I would flush the stagnant toilet that is Washington D.C. Every one of them. And start over. But that ain't gonna happen, so at this point, it boils down to the lesser of two evils.

Which, currently, happens to be the conservative agenda.

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