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The Obama administration’s attack on America’s coal industry has swung into high gear, with EPA enforcers setting emission rates so low that virtually no plant will be able to meet the new standards.  And as a consequence, more American workers will be thrown out into the cold, their families thrown into the welfare maw, and American dependence on overseas energy sources thrown into states that historically have given us the fire in our economic engines.

This reporter has just received an urgent Email alert from Western mountain states urging our readers to send Emails, faxes, and traditional letters to the following link:   a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov.  You must give this identification when you pull up the EPA prompt:   Docket ID:EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0495  You only have until February 6 to oppose the EPA’s actions to basically shut down all coal production.  “If they are able to do this, and if they get away with it, they will then go after existing levels,”  said Daniel Simmons to WorldNetDaily interviewers.  Simmons is the policy vice president of the Institute for Energy Research.

Remember in 2008, when President Obama threatened to bankrupt America’s coal industry to force our energy prices to go sky high?  Well, if allowed to pass into law, Obama’s new EPA rule would slash our power output by 40%. But even worse, average Americans could very well see their energy bills DOUBLE!

By the way, how’s that Global Warming hoax working out for all of you Obots this week?  When you’re out shoveling those 14 inch snowfalls along the eastern corridor, you may want to rethink how Mother Nature’s “hot flashes” are affecting the planet!

“They set an emission rate so low that no coal-fired power plants can actually meet these goals.” says Simmons, clearly upset by what is in the works for our coal miners.   The Obama EPA enforcers are looking to force coal companies to adopt a very expensive technology called “Carbon Capture and Sequestration. . .which is so incredibly expensive. . .that it doesn’t exist on any power plant anywhere in the world.”

Back in January 2008, Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle” So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas.”

Simmons points out that these power plants finding favor with the Obama EPA are “heavily subsidized by the government,. . .some to as much as $300 million in taxpayer subsidies!”  He is very wary of natural gas taking over our energy needs because of the changing economic dynamics of the gas industry.  He points out that the cost savings touted by the EPA are based on future pie-in-the-sky estimates, not real world examples of success.

My grandparents and relatives on both sides of my family were coal miners. My mother’s father, Joseph Smith, was an underground mine supervisor in the bituminous coal mines of Southern Illinois, now virtually demolished by the environmental police.  His brother, my Uncle Ted, was a coal miner who first came to America from the coal mining regions of England. He vouched for his brother and family to get them in through Ellis Island.  My godfather, Uncle August Miriani, worked every day as an old time miner, using pick and shovels way before machines made the industry more miner friendly.  My godmother, Aunt Jennie, kept a wash basin outside her little shed so Uncle August could wash up before coming inside her sweet, clean home, one I often visited as a little girl.  My mother’s brother saw to it his wife got “Black Lung” insurance before he died.  So I know full well what can happen when an overreaching government destroys the main economy of Southern Illinois, the state that launched Obama.

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