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The War on Energy Continues

It should come as no surprise, really.

Back in 2008, President Obama made the now infamous comment: “…under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

It looks like they can’t wait for cap and trade. They must want electricity rates to skyrocket now. They’ve been doing their best to destroy the oil industry. Now they’ve fired a broadside at the coal industry.

Obama Coal Crackdown Sends Message to Industry
The EPA has revoked the permits for a West Virginia coal mine. obviously, this goes way beyond simply failing to grant new permits.
Even the state’s two Senators (who are both Democrats) are outraged over this. West Virginia’s coal industry is a major part of the state’s economy. Senator Manchin has issued a statement condemning the EPA’s actions as unprecedented and irresponsible. His statement also mocked the EPA.

According to the EPA, it doesn’t matter if you did everything right, if you followed all of the rules. Why? They just change the rules.

A Few Thoughts:

This action will hurt the economy of West Virginia directly through the mining industry and indirectly through energy prices. The economy of West Virginia is already one of the poorest in the nation. Gee, I thought Democrats were supposed to want to help the poor, not hurt them.



This action will hurt the economy of the whole nation through energy prices. West Virginia exports both coal and electricity to other states. Oil prices are still high and growing. Rising energy prices helped cause this Great Recession. Despite all the talk of “recovery,” we are not yet recovered. Another shock could seriously harm the whole economy.



Senator Manchin’s statement described the EPA’s actions as “…a shocking display of overreach…” Overreach, yes. Shocking, no. Democrats, liberals, progressives, envirosocialists, et cetera have been overreaching for a long time. Get in line. You certainly are not the first to notice this Senator. You won’t be the last. My only hope is that he is genuinely outraged and not just posturing. Who knows, maybe he’ll open his eyes a little more and see the ever-increasing overreach that his party so very is guilty of.


Overreach

You call it overreach, I call it tyranny.


But what the EPA doesn’t seem to understand is that this decision has ramifications that reach far beyond coal mining in West Virginia.

I think that they do understand. They just don’t care.


According to the EPA, it doesn’t matter if you did everything right, if you followed all of the rules. Why? They just change the rules.

This is nothing new. They have been doing this to us for a long time.


However, the EPA has never before attempted to veto a previously awarded and active permit.

Precedent does not matter to the statist. They defy precedent all the time with impunity. Then, their unprecedented action becomes the new precedent that all must follow or else. Conservatives are always bound by precedent, progressives never are.


The EPA is jeopardizing thousands of jobs

Nothing new here.


sending a message to every business and industry that the federal government has no intention of honoring past promises and that no investment is safe.

Well, duh. This has been the M.O. of this President and his party since they took power.


That message will destroy not only our jobs, but our way of life

Sounds like “fundamantally transforming” America to me.


The EPA’s decision to retroactively veto the permit casts serious doubt on the future of this project.

Ex post facto law, maybe?


Blakeman says it sends a chilling message to other industries about the power of the Federal government.

Again, I call it tyranny. Tyranny is very often arbitrary, overturning established rules, precedents, agreements, and anything else it desires on a whim. This is the opposite of what a society needs to be stable, free, and prosperous.


He suggests that it will be up to the other two branches of our government , the courts and the Congress to decide whether the EPA’s revocation of this permit , and perhaps others, stands.

This is one of the many reasons why our founders gave us a system of checks and balances. For too long, they Congress has abdicated its authority to various executive branch agancies staffed with unelected bureaucrats. Now would be a great time to defund the EPA.

Mingo Logan Coal Company was poised to invest $250 million dollars in the Spruce Mine project, which would have created approximately 200 well-paying jobs with benefits.

(emphasis mine)
There go the statists again, killing jobs left and right.
These statists are under the delusion that government can and does create jobs, so this will all magically go away when Obama mystically creates jobs with the money from his stash.

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