Democrats wage war on clean coal in US as Europe, Asia benefit

Conversion of furnace from oil to coal

This photo dating to 1942 and the caption suggests the importance of coal in helping Americans survive and in building the US economy. The caption reads: “Fuel conservation. Conversion of furnace to coal from oil. In face of the drastic fuel oil shortage in the East and rationing of the supplies which are available, homeowners are urged, where possible, to convert oil burning furnaces to coal. Third step is replacing the coal grates in the furnace. After inspection and checking, the furnace is then ready for use and the lucky homeowner’s fuel oil problem has been removed.” (LOC: Howard Liberman, Office of War Information, Sept., 1942)

President Barack Obama and Democrats in general don’t like clean coal. Policies inflicted by the controversial Environmental Protection Agency make it clear that consumers in areas like Northeast Florida will see those “skyrocketing” utility bills Obama promised, in part because the president chooses to cut the resources US utility companies can draw upon. What Democrats have established is a politically correct energy policy.

As Democrats conduct a war on clean coal at home, there’s a whole other policy in play when it comes to other countries. 

As a matter of fact, coal is a blessing to the trade deficits the US continues to experience. An article by Phil Flynn at the Ripon Forum illustrates how coal is only a bad thing if US consumers use it.

Flynn wrote:

“In Europe and in Asia, after a slowdown in demand due to economic factors, we are starting to see demand boom again. Instead of retrenching, the U.S. coal industry is looking to add capacity and export even more coal. Accordingly, the U.S. coal industry feels like it is ready to take on the world. A report released by the National Mining Association says U.S. coal to Europe and Asia added $16.6 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011, and that could surge even more as demand around the globe is expected to grow.”

Flynn also noted, “Thermal coal, shipped by sea, rose 22 percent between 2011 and 2013.”

One big beneficiary is Germany. They’re closing their nuclear power plants.

Why does this matter?

Remember how last winter was one of the coldest we’ve had in some time? Coal literally saved the day for many families in the US:

“Tim Maverick, of the Wall Street Daily, reported that last winter it was the coal plants that actually kept the lights on. He reported that the PJM Interconnection — a regional electric transmission organization that serves a large swath of the United States from New Jersey to Illinois — was key last winter. On January 7, 2014, it saw the largest-ever peak winter load of nearly 142,000 megawatts. In the rest of that month alone, 8 of the top 10 peak winter loads for PJM occurred. PJM survived, thanks to old coal-fired power plants that are scheduled to be shut down by the EPA soon. ‘Eighty-nine percent of the coal electricity capacity, that is due to go offline, was utilized as that backup to meet the demand this winter,’ said Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski at a Senate hearing in April.”

While the president and his wealthy investors, along with the tofu chompers, preach about “clean energy,” bear in mind no energy is completely clean and in the long run, the war on coal is about money. It has nothing to do with Planet Earth.

Read the whole article at Ripon, The President’s Short-Sighted Policy on Coal, and you’ll understand the despicable hypocrisy in all those end-times warnings from the eco-extremists who wait atop a figurative mountain, just like religious fanatics, anticipating the end of days despite the fact no one knows when that will be.

Europe and Asia will benefit as US citizens pay higher tabs for the things we need to survive.

When you restrict energy, you restrict an economy for both the country and the middle class.

Featured Photo: This photo dating to 1942 and the caption suggests the importance of coal in helping Americans survive and in building the US economy. The caption reads: “Fuel conservation. Conversion of furnace to coal from oil. In face of the drastic fuel oil shortage in the East and rationing of the supplies which are available, homeowners are urged, where possible, to convert oil burning furnaces to coal. Third step is replacing the coal grates in the furnace. After inspection and checking, the furnace is then ready for use and the lucky homeowner’s fuel oil problem has been removed.” (LOC: Howard Liberman, Office of War Information, Sept., 1942)

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 21, 2014)

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Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.

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