A few weeks ago, I wrote about the need to develop a national energy plan.
As I noted then, the threats made by Iran to choke off much of the world's oil supply by shutting down the Straits of Hormuz show clearly the dangers posed to this country by the Obama administration's discriminatory "energy policy" (if such a thing exists, other than throwing trillions at "green energy" schemes).
The administration's energy policy is discriminatory. It is victimizing the best coal miners in the world with uncertainty and selfish motivations.
In the past few weeks, the scenario of skyrocketing oil and gasoline prices continues, with gasoline topping $4 a gallon here and nearing $5 a gallon in much of the country. The effect is particularly harsh in rural areas, where it is not unusual for our people to drive 50 to 100 miles to work.
The impact of higher gasoline and energy prices is already being reflected in the higher costs of everything from groceries to electricity.
What is really troubling is that this is happening without a major escalation of violence in the Middle East — and before the heat of summer, when gasoline and electricity bills always rise.
What will prices look like in August?
America needs to get back to its first principles — to farming, making, building, drilling and mining stuff. We need to get back to work.
But the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are oblivious to anything other than their discriminatory and selfish agenda. They have declared war on coal, on farming and on drilling.
They are destroying America's basic industries.
We can't afford another four years of this insanity. We must get back to first principles and put our people back to work, making things that are more valuable and needed from our natural resources.
Other countries want our coal because they recognize its value. Why can't our leaders see that?
So how do we do that?
A lot of damage has to be undone. We have to reduce the burdens of red tape and the nightmare bureaucracy that have so stifled our progress over the past three years.