We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We already know Hillary plans to continue Obama's war on coal. Coal isn't, or rather shouldn't be, a dying business. But it is, and it's dying because of politics. At a time when politicians keep saying they want to create jobs and improve the general welfare, why would they be attacking a healthy industry? Yes, natural gas has become cheaper and more plentiful - but only because of fracking, and the people seeking to shutter coal are also trying to end fracking. So this is not strictly an economic consideration, there are political currents swirling everywhere.
As I drive my son to college in Ohio, I drive through coal country. Billboards about this war have been up for the last 3 years. The job losses are mounting. Some regions of PA and WV are starting to hurt severely because of this war. It's a political war, and it's driven by a lobby group with significant access to the current administration. Coal has long been one industry the US could rely on to produce energy when other methods faced economic uncertainty due to politics or economics. That is changing, and yet 4 years ago, we were told there was no threat. But even as other nations open coal fired plants, the US shutters its plants because of political, not just economic, realities.
You haven't mentioned the existing coal fired plants actually exist. You don't need to build them. If they aren't paid for they still must be. Most if not all already have approved emission controls, long term supply contracts, and a trained staff. What's not to like?
The administration continues to tilt at windmills--no pun intended. In spite of O's efforts to kill coal and oil and natural gas...yes those evil fossil fuels, the EIA still projects that fossil fuels will be the dominant energy source well into the future. Look it up.
Make no mistake the coal will be mined and burned for fuel. As the need for energy continues to rise and the world's population continues to rise eventually the coal will be mined and burned. Anyone with more than two brain cells would know this. So what this is all about is someone, some groups are going to benefit from this war on fossil fuels. It may well be the biggest scam in the history of the world but a lot of politicians and others are heavily invested in this scam. This isn't about carbon or AGW it is about money & power and who gets it. Follow the money.
Yep. When in history did every politician in the free world agree on something? They didn't even all agree that Hitler was a bad guy at the time. Clearly they are all in this for the money and power to control the energy business.
Coal is also used to make many other products, like sheetrock, insulation, concrete, charcoal, fertilizer, PLASTIC. Just like oil, doing away with it entirely is going to have a ripple effect of consequences, which will also affect the elites who are actively working to do away with it. I just don't understand the end game here. Or the entire fascist control power play to enslave us all.
I guess we need to be broken morally, physically, economically and spiritually in order for someone to stand up.