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‘War on Coal’ Now Official

June 27, 2013

President Barack Obama is intelligent enough to understand what his declaration of war on the coal industry will mean to tens of millions of Americans....

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Jun-27-13 1:40 AM

yes: coal is now the walking dead. Yes: gas is the anointed fuel for power Yes: The OV will benefit

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Jun-27-13 5:02 AM

Coal is being exported by the mega tons from this country even if it isn't being used here. it has been for many many years.

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Jun-27-13 6:06 AM

Settle down, Choker. You're "bristling."

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Jun-27-13 7:14 AM

I'd rather be able to breathe than have a few extra quid for that pack of smokes.

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Jun-27-13 7:14 AM

Prepare for power shortages and prices to the moon. Aside from the hazards posed by fracking, with it's disinterment of monstrously poisonous radioactive elements on top of the toxic frack chemicals, there isn't nearly as much gas as it's promoters would have you believe. US Geologic Survey estimates of economically recoverable reserves made just a few years ago were an order of magnitude less than the numbers touted by the industry and parroted by your press. Those more sober numbers have remained ignored, despite increasing evidence of rapid production decline rates. In the more mature Texas Barnett shale play, where some established data exists, once a production plateau was reached in that play, drilling rates had to increase dramatically, with resultant production cost increases, just to maintain that plateau. When you're standing in line at the food bank, remember how your Coal Country press has, over the past years, ignored Coal in the throes of their shale gas rapture.

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Jun-27-13 7:35 AM

It's a war on pollution but why let facts get in the way of your BS.

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Jun-27-13 8:02 AM

Nationally, the conservative war on women, immigrants, gays, minorities, poor, elderly, sick, middle class and college students will affect many more than a few coal operators and miners.

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Jun-27-13 8:15 AM

The world is laughing at us. We'll go down as the first country in history to willingly cripple its own power grid. We may need a few more of those F5's to get those windmills to spin a little faster. Lead on Comrade Obama!

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Jun-27-13 8:23 AM

The amazing this about this stupidity is it is spearheaded by Northeast hypocrites who are quick to point fingers at coal power and put tens of thousands out of work, but who each burn hundreds of gallons of filthy oil to heat their homes and businesses every year because they are too cheap to invest in the infrastructure to burn cleaner natural gas.

Go to just about any town in Connecticut, the New York City suburbs, and much of New England and you see oil tanker after oil tanker pulling up to homes and unloading their loads of carbon pollution.

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Jun-27-13 8:34 AM

Gooseman - Lets say your leftwing statement is even remotely correct. Guess what. When the price of electricity skyrockets it will affect everyone. Not just your talking points groups.

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Jun-27-13 9:13 AM

"It's a war on pollution but why let facts get in the way of your BS."

You really think so? According to your own environmentalists, the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases are automobiles. Which industry just got a huge multi-billion dollar stimulus package a few years back? I can't seem to remember.... If you go by those guidelines, the coal industry should be in for a huge government stimulus right? Right. lol

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Jun-27-13 9:37 AM

Nuclear power is the answer to our industrial and residential electric needs, and much coal will be needed until that source comes online, also in the interim the coal liquefaction capability should be exploited to produce gasoline for our military vehicles, planes, and national reserves. Our president and congress are cowards for not taking these steps. Actually, they are just flat out cowards on everything useful.

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Jun-27-13 10:26 AM

i wonder how mr. potatohead is so easily brainwashed when there is no brain.he has now surpassed carter.

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Jun-27-13 10:33 AM

Poor/middle class and the elderly have already been squeezed due to the admin's fiscal policy and now energy prices will "necessarily skyrocket" leaving hard working Americans w/ even less in their pockets. Our children and even their children have been burdened w/ the largest debt the world has ever seen, but those things pale in importance vs keeping the Progressive agenda moving "forward"!

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Jun-27-13 3:54 PM

One third of the pollution is created by coal fired power plants. So if you're going to reduce pollution you go after the largest polluters, thus coal fired pollution. War on coal is right wing bumper sticker talk. War on pollution is the issue. The question is, should try to stop the pollution or just accept pollution and die earlier b/c corporate America wants to make money regardless of who gets hurt?

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Jun-27-13 7:43 PM

If it's a war on pollution, Lets get rid of the garbage in D.C.

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Jun-28-13 6:18 AM

agree smoking

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Jun-28-13 7:49 AM

India and China are both building one new coal power plant PER MONTH.

They use this cheap power to make cheap products to sell to the USA.

They are LF _AO at you dumbass Americans, all the way to bank while another 11,350 AMERICANS sign up for FOOD STAMPS each day.


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Jun-28-13 7:50 AM

WVhoopiefeeling are the first to complain about loss of American jobs to foreign countries but are too Effing dumb to figure out WHY!!!


Valley Dimwit: FAIL!

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Jun-28-13 8:50 AM

What we find puzzling is that newspaper outcries like this never seem to mention the fact, that, while still a US Senator, Obama allied with WV's US Senator Robert Byrd as a co-sponsor of "Senate Bill 155 (110th Congress): Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007: A bill to promote coal-to-liquid fuel activities".What? You've never heard of it? Wonder why? Basically, it was a bill intended to promote and develop an industry that converts Coal into gasoline and diesel, like they're doing in China right now, like they've been doing in South Africa for more than half a century. Of course, Coal Country newspapers never reported on the bill itself, and, totally without public acknowledgement or support of any kind, it was allowed to die in committee. Maybe Obama said to himself, "Hey! The people who depend upon Coal, who say they like Coal, don't really, in truth, seem to care all that much about Coal. Why should I?"

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Jun-28-13 8:05 PM

WVEGO, Obama was a Senator from where?

Illinois, a coal state, and COAL was hi major political contributor.

He voted AGAINST the Kyoto Accord.

Which simply proves he is a{bleeping} political whore who has sold his presidency to the highest bidders.

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Jun-28-13 8:07 PM

What Would Angela do??

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she blocked a draft European Union law aimed at reducing carbon-dioxide emissions from cars over concerns the measure would cost jobs in the auto industry.

A coalition of EU states led by Germany prevented approval of the measure at a meeting of diplomats in Brussels earlier this week. Merkel said that she moved to delay the proposal -- which would cap average carbon discharges by passenger vehicles in the bloc at 95 grams a kilometer in 2020 -- to defend jobs."

Maybe she can run in 2016 to turn around America before it is too late.

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Jun-28-13 8:19 PM

Wraith: Germany, by the way, as does Great Britain, since you mentioned Germany and the EU, have a pilot plant up and running that uses environmental energy - wind and sun- to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it into Methane, i.e., subsitute natural gas. Iceland is converting CO2 into Methanol, which is being sold in service stations in Sweden, Denmark, etc. So, maybe the EU knows that CO2 is actually a raw material resource, and restricting it's production will ultimately be counterproductive.

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Jun-28-13 8:33 PM

And, the entire greenhouse debate about Coal should be just about over, in any case. A little less than three weeks ago, on June 11, 2013, the US Government awarded "US Patent 8,461,215 - Rendering Coal As An Environmentally Carbon Dioxide Neutral Fuel" to the University of Southern California. The invention is described as "a method for rendering coal as an environmentally essentially carbon dioxide-neutral fuel. Carbon dioxide produced from coal combustion is captured, purified, combined with ... methane or with hydrogen, and reacted under reaction conditions sufficient to form methanol and/or dimethyl ether, which can be used as fuel or feedstock for derived synthetic hydrocarbons and products". The "dimethyl ether", DME, is, with some minor engine mods, a serviceable diesel fuel, and can substitute for LPG. Both it and Methanol can be converted into Gasoline.

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Jun-28-13 8:53 PM

And, even further, a little less than a month and a half ago, on May 14, the US Gov awarded "United States Patent 8,440,438 - Electromethanogenic Reactor and Processes for Methane Production" to Penn State University for a biologically-mediated process that, in a very energy-efficient way, converts Carbon Dioxide into Methane. Sell your Chesapeake stock.

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