War on coal affects all Americans

From farmers in Missouri to poor families in Colorado and Georgia, tens of millions of Americans are beginning to awaken to the fact they have something in common with coal miners in Appalachia: President Barack Obama’s war on coal is an attack on them.

The new awareness was apparent last week in Pittsburgh, as thousands of protesters joined miners speaking out against an Environmental Protection Agency plan aimed at nothing less than shutting down every coal-fired power plant in the nation. Union workers from several other industries joined the miners, simply because they realize electricity from any other source will be much more expensive to their companies – and will put their jobs at risk.

In Missouri, the change has come as rural electric cooperatives urge that Obama’s war against reasonably priced electricity be stopped.

Even in the pages of a traditionally liberal newspaper, the Washington Post, the shift could be seen in an article about electric rates going up in Colorado as a result of utilities closing coal-fired power plants. Electric bills are going up substantially – and poor families are suffering the most.

During an Atlanta hearing on the EPA’s proposal, a politician from that state pointed out that if the proposal is implemented, low-income people in his state will be hurt badly by higher electric bills.

EPA officials at hearings in Pittsburgh Thursday and Friday heard from the miners, worried their jobs are on Obama’s chopping block. But they also listened to those warning of the devastating effect higher electricity prices will have on entire states and on tens of millions of Americans.

To be sure, the EPA officials also heard supportive voices – many repeating the same lies that are the foundation of support for the war on coal.

Climate change has meant more severe hurricanes, it has been said. That is simply not true.

Electric rates in California, where almost no power comes from coal, are 25 percent lower than the national average, it has been claimed. Actually, they are more than 20 percent higher – and nearly twice the average rate in West Virginia, which relies almost entirely on coal-fired power plants.

And on and on goes the anti-coal propaganda, much of it so obviously inaccurate that the logical conclusion is those issuing the claims are lying.

But one thing is not in dispute – except, again, by those who know their propaganda is not true. It is that the war on coal will mean much higher electric bills for as many as 120 million Americans.

Again, Obama and his cronies were able to cover that up for a long time. But that is changing. More and more, perhaps as a result of knowledge of the president’s many failures with the truth, Americans are awakening to the danger of the war on coal and reasonably priced electricity.

The burning question now is why their representatives in Congress are not doing anything to stop the EPA.