Obama prepares to slam coal, natural gas with executive orders

Get ready for a war on energy.

President Obama is expected to announce Tuesday a series of sweeping actions that will cripple domestic power production and smother America’s natural-gas industry, and the future it promises, all in pursuit of the fantasy of renewable energy.

powerplantThe executive actions, which don’t require approval from Congress, will include greenhouse-gas limits on power plants, increased appliance efficiency standards and the use of public lands to promote renewables, according to a Washington Post report.

Forget making your blender work more efficiently, or building windmills in Washington, though.

This is going to be a serious assault on coal- and natural-gas utilities, using the Environmental Protection Agency as an enforcing army. It’s an assault the administration backed away from in its first term when cap-and-trade died in Congress. With no re-election hopes to restrain it, the White House’s assault will be even more reckless.

“The administration’s war on fossil fuels is now fully joined,” Stephen Brown, vice president for government affairs for Tesoro Corp., told the Post.

Together, coal- and natural-gas-fired plants provide about 68 percent of all electricity in the United States, according to the Edison Electric Institute, with most of the remainder coming from nuclear power – another environmentalist no-no.

Renewable fuels outside of hydropower – the kind of renewables the president will be talking about – produce only about 5 percent of the country’s needs.

“Apparently, this White House is willing to sacrifice the American manufacturing renaissance brought on by booming domestic energy development on the altar of climate change,” Brown told the Post.

You can’t have a war without sacrifice.



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