Obama kept one campaign promise: 83,000 U.S. coal miners have lost their jobs since he took office
To show how determined he was, the emperor said this:
If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can--it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.It was one of the few campaign promises he kept.
He did it not in the time-honored, constitutional way--by working with congress to pass laws--but by decree: He got his Environmental Protection Agency to declare that carbon dioxide was a pollutant.
If you're a liberal (or if you have a family member or friend who's one) don't give me that wide-eyed whine about "Wuh, that wasn't our wunnerful president who did that, it was the EPA. An' even he can't control what a totally independent agency does!"
Spare me, Sparky. If you think the EPA would do that without an explicit instruction from Obozo you're too stupid to breathe.
The EPA then simply issued a regulation (again, not a law, not subject to a vote by anyone) that every coal-fired powerplant would have to install hugely expensive scrubbers on their stack gas, or pay ridiculously high fines.
As the emperor and the EPA bureaucrats intended, U.S. electric utilities couldn't afford the retrofit costs, and instead announced they would shut down 154 coal-fired plants before the regulation's drop-dead date.
That had some...interesting...effects. Coal is a commodity, with supply and demand in an amazing equilibrium. (Ask your liberal friends to define "economic equilibrium" and record their answers.) As the first few coal-fired generating plants were closed, the price of coal dropped almost instantly. And the coal that U.S. utilities no longer needed was shipped to China--at a discount.
Mines were closed. Miners lost their jobs--83,000 of 'em since Obama took office. But hey, he really, reeeeally cares about U.S. jobs and U.S. workers. Yeah, believe it.
What makes this worse is that when U.S. coal is sold to China, the Chinese don't have any sort of cleaning technology on their powerplant boilers. Which means the net effect of the emperor's decrees is more particulates and more sulfur dioxide in the air, not less.
Yaaaay emperor! Barack the Magnificent has saved the planet!
Horse shit. The notion that CO2 causes global warming, or global climate change, or global bullshit, is just that: bullshit. I predict that 20 years from now you won't be able to find more than 20 scientists who will admit to have believed CO2 caused global warming.
And all 20 will be working in Democrat/"progressive" think-tanks.
And if you like the result of Obozo's great plan, you'll love Hillary Clinton's campaign promise that “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She also said "We should leave fossil fuels in the ground." Which prompts me to ask: How the hell you gonna heat that huge mansion of yours in New Freezing York, bitch? You planning to just spew your hot air into it?
Liberals are dumb. And the sad part is, they think they know everything.