Four years ago, when he was running for president, Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle what he had in mind for coal: Electricity costs would "skyrocket," he said.
And people could build coal-fired power plants, he added. "It's just that it will bankrupt them."
With the help of a compliant Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, the president has succeeded.
Obama's Environmental Protection Agency has made electricity rates skyrocket, and he is killing coal mining and coal-fired power generation through regulation.
His EPA recently proposed new limits on carbon dioxide emissions that would effectively prohibit construction of new coal-fired plants.
That will have consequences for household users, job-seekers, industry and reliability.
It should have political consequences as well.
Four years ago, West Virginia Democrats and organized labor were all in for Obama. Sen. Jay Rockefeller still is.
He advised his constituents to work together "to drive clean coal technology forward."
But President Cecil Roberts of the United Mine Workers of America, who stumped for Obama four years ago, said EPA "knows very well that CCS technology has not been commercially demonstrated . . . .
"In practice, it would not be possible to finance a new coal plant to meet the proposed EPA standards."