SINCE taking office, coal has been President Obama's top enemy in his fight to tackle something he calls "climate change."
Despite a White House Advisor's recent claim that a "war on coal is exactly what's needed," many of the President's deputies like Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claim there is no war on coal.
West Virginians know actions speak louder than words.
It is clear to us all that coal-fueled power plants are the prime target of this administration's looming EPA regulations for carbon emissions.
Already, EPA policies sparked the announced shutdown of nearly 300 coal-fired units nationwide.
Just last week yet another coal mine in West Virginia announced it will be closing. If the Obama Administration gets its way, that number will skyrocket.
Now, a new front in the battle brews in Washington over a contentious Federal nominee set for a confirmation hearing this week.
You probably haven't heard of Ron Binz, but you will. Binz is a green activist from Colorado. He's President Obama's choice to be the new Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has oversight of most of the nation's electricity grid.
Binz served as the head of Colorado's public utilities commission, where he waged an aggressive campaign against coal and fossil fuels and imposed costly renewable electricity standards that hit Colorado ratepayers with massive new bills.
Binz is especially antagonistic toward coal, as evidenced by his Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, that used both a carrot and stick approach to first give utilities financial incentives to switch from using coal to natural gas and later a requirement that they ramp up renewable sources.
Colorado business leaders protested Binz's effort, but the measure passed, and six coal power plants in the state shuttered, while others were forced to install costly emission controls or switch to natural gas.
The cost of his "Clean Air" crusade was a staggering $1 billion dollars, and Colorado ratepayers are still stuck with paying a higher bill for less energy.