The War on Coal Hits Home
(Above: Yellowhammer TV’s must-watch debut video, “The ‘War on Coal’ Hits Home in Alabama”)
In contrast to the secrecy that surrounds so much of what the Obama Administration does, The White House has waged a very public war on energy producers. “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society,” Obama said in his recent climate change policy speech. In spite of the overwhelming evidence that global warming alarmist are misguided at best — and outright lying at worst — the President continues his verbal assault on global warming skeptics, and his policy assault on the fossil fuels industry.
In Alabama, we’ve seen this all play out on our television screens. We’ve watched roughly fifty of Obama’s so-called green energy companies go bankrupt after being propped up by our tax dollars. We’ve been witnesses to as many as four scandals at one time going on inside Obama’s rogue Environmental Protection Agency. We’ve sat by while the President held hundreds of thousands of jobs hostage by refusing to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, even though his own State Department issued a study that called the pipeline’s environmental impact “negligible.”
We’ve been able to watch these things from afar because, as usual, Alabama isn’t a field on which national political issues get played out. Except this time — it is.
And not only is our state playing the unlikely host for Obama’s newly declared “War on Coal,” the Alabama Public Service Commission — hardly a hotbed of political activity — is playing the unlikely venue.
The southeast is a favorite target of Obama, and many Democrats for that matter, because they don’t feel any sense of loyalty to states that don’t go along with their progressive pipe dreams.
They started with Georgia. Unfortunately the Peach State wasn’t prepared. As a result, they lost 15 coal-fired plants and thousands of jobs.
Now, Obama’s EPA and their merry band of leftwing advocacy groups — The Southern Environmental Law Center, AARP, The Sierra Club, the Alabama Environmental Council, Greenpeace, and others — have placed Alabama squarely in their crosshairs.
This is an ideological fight, sure. Alabama conservative groups like the Alabama Policy Institute, Eagle Forum and Tea Party leaders are pushing back against the groups mentioned above. But if there’s one issue that should unite reasonable people across ideological lines, it’s jobs. And this is, without question, a fight for jobs.
Whether it’s the 5,000 Alabama coal jobs that are directly effected, or the hundreds of thousands of Alabama jobs provided by companies that depend on affordable energy, this is the rare issue that touches every single person living in our state.
How can you join the fight? Share this article and video with your friends and visit SaveAlabamaJobs.com to encourage your elected officials to hold the line.
1. AARP environmental push part of increasingly liberal agenda
2. Obama declares war on energy production
3. Clear contrast continues at PSC hearings
4. Beeker challenging Dunn in PSC Republican primary
What else is going on?
1. So who will succeed Jay Love in HD 74?
2. Young leads AL01 field in cash on hand, Byrne has raised the most money
3. Sessions: House must not negotiate with Senate immigration bill
4. AARP environmental push part of increasingly liberal agenda
5. EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Jay Love discusses his time in the House and his impending departure