Obama—Not a Friend of Coal. Or West Virginia

Written by R.G. Yoho on June 9, 2014

Approximately thirty miles from my front door is a West Virginia, coal-fired power plant that was recently shut-down by the last round of Obama-imposed EPA mandates.

Now the word comes down from Washington that Obama has ordered the EPA to institute another batch of non-congressionally-approved regulations, which are certain to place other West Virginia power plants in jeopardy.

In another glaring lie mined by the administration, Obama says these decisions will help the environment.

However, I believe something more sinister is at play here.

These latest rounds of regulations are not about science; they have nothing to do with protecting the environment.

This is payback!

Plain and simple.

In the 2012 Democratic primaries, a number of counties in the Southern coal-producing regions of West Virginia refused to support the nomination of Barack Obama to be their nominee for president.

Instead, those counties supported a man named Keith Judd, a man who, at the time of the election, was incarcerated in a federal correctional institution in Beaumont, Texas.

And although Obama eventually won West Virginia’s Democratic nomination for president, the results of this primary election made it abundantly clear to the Obama administration that many of the people in the Mountain State would apparently prefer to be represented by a convict than a con-artist.

If that wasn’t bad enough, all five electoral votes from the state of West Virginia in the 2012 general election went to Mitt Romney, not the president.

When the final results of the election were tallied, Romney would take over 62% of the vote. Moreover, Obama also made history in the election, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate in the state’s history who would fail to win a single county.

These most recent regulations regarding coal-fired power plants, which are clearly designed to harm the coal industry, are proof that the president has taken notice of West Virginia and will deliberately exact his revenge.

Valerie Jarrett is the president’s most-trusted and closest adviser, which means she not only knows where the bodies are buried; she also helped to put them there.

In an interview before the election, Jarrett stated, “After we win this election, it is payback time. For those who supported us, there will be rewards. For those who opposed us, they will get what they deserve. There will be hell to pay!”

Hell to pay?

The empire has already begun to strike back.

That is what Obama’s most trusted adviser said would happen to those who opposed the president.

By failing to support the president’s reelection, the Mountain State is only just beginning to see the full brunt of Obama’s revenge.

West Virginia coal miners and power plant employees will be idled, West Virginia families will see their energy rates skyrocket, and there is no question that the state’s economy will also suffer from these needless and overreaching actions of Obama’s EPA.

Even Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), who’s been a political lapdog for the president despite what the president’s been doing to his state, is currently licking the president’s face in regards to this latest round of selected environmental targeting.

“The EPA announced today a major step in reducing carbon emissions, and I support its goal of safeguarding the public’s health,” Rockefeller said. “However, rather than let fear alone drive our response, we should make this an opportunity to build a stronger future for ourselves.”

What a guy!

Why should Jay allow the deliberate abuse of his own constituents become a matter that might force him to part ways with Obama, especially since the senator’s about to retire anyway?

Perhaps the good senator, despite his long-standing claims to the contrary, isn’t really a friend of coal after all.

But you don’t live in West Virginia. Why should you care?

Coal isn’t only important to West Virginia’s economy; it is also crucial to assuring that this entire region of the country is able to have the power they need to meet their ever-growing energy demands.

Obama loves to talk about the future of electric cars.

But these cars won’t get very far if you don’t have a place to plug them in, or the electric to power them once you do.

The actions of Obama’s EPA are intended to harm the state and the people of West Virginia, a place which didn’t support him for president.

Valerie Jarrett has already said that there would be a payback for all those who opposed Obama during the election. And we already know that Obama has deliberately used the IRS to punish conservative groups who disagree with his party.

Therefore, it certainly isn’t a stretch to think that this administration is also pushing environmental policies which are clearly designed to punish his enemies.

And the state of West Virginia is now in the crosshairs.

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R.G. Yoho is a Western author who has published seven books, including “Death Comes to Redhawk,” along with a non-fiction work entitled “America’s History is His Story.”