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Trump Ends Obama-era War on Coal; Scraps Clean Power Plan and Puts a New Focus on a Valuable Resource, says AMAC

‘President Trump has kept another campaign promise—one that will have a positive impact throughout the country, particularly on the lives of our senior citizens’

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 13 – “The ‘climate changers’ came out in full force when the EPA announced earlier this week that it was ending the Obama-era war on coal by scrapping Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan. But, America has the world’s largest reserves of coal—an asset that should not be dismissed out of hand for a variety of reasons, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

Weber says that extreme restrictions on the use of coal to generate electricity “acted like a national energy tax. They minimized the positive impact of our lowest cost and most affordable electricity, much to the dismay of senior citizens, in particular. As it is, too many of them struggle to heat their homes in winter and cool them in summer. And then there is the effect these regulations have had on our economy, including the loss of countless jobs throughout America’s coal mining regions, and the devastating impact they have had on whole communities.”

As for the potential threat to the environment, the AMAC chief says carbon capture technology may hold the key to the ability of coal-fired plants to burn the fuel in a clean and efficient manner. The cost of implementing the technology has so far been prohibitive but the Associated Press reported recently that projects already underway are aiming to reduce the cost from $100 per metric ton to $40.

Weber says that if the purpose of the Obama Administration’s war on coal was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it was wide of the mark. According to Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University, told Scientific American that “marginal cuts by the U.S. don’t have a long-term overall big effect on the climate. What has to happen to have a big effect on the global climate is for all the big emitters to get together and decide that they are all going to cut some substantial fraction [of emissions].”

Reducing emissions from “just coal-powered electricity, and in just one country” won’t do the trick,” Oppenheimer said.

Jim Matheson, chief executive of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, says that the Trump Administration’s decision to overturn the Clean Power Plan rule will allow providers to offer affordable electricity to its customers.

“President Trump has kept another campaign promise—one that will have a positive impact throughout the country, particularly on the lives of our senior citizens,” says Weber.

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Lysser
3 years ago

Well stated in the previous posts; what fun it is to watch those who only abide by what lobbyists tell them to do turn purple from not being able to breathe. By the way CO2 is nearly at an all time low in our atmosphere. It has been above 4000 PPM in previous history, today around 400PPM

Lincoln Sorensen
3 years ago

I am a Vietnam vet, U S Navy 1959-1963. Until November of 2016 I hadn’t bothered to vote federally or locally since Reagan. All candidates are selected by and bought by the establishment of both parties. I happened to click on You Tube the 2013 Prayer breakfast speech by Dr. Ben Carson. Finally, someone who has ideas that actually are thought out and would be beneficial to america. I was invigorated and my first thought was hoping he might retire and run for president. He did and when he topped the polls, the media showed him he would never be allowed to be elected. That left candidate Trump as the last “outsider” running. I recognized that he had the moxie to survive the media, the corrupt media and the corrupt establishment of both parties. So far that has held true. He not only has few allies, he has many obstructionists in both parties. Why he hasn’t issued an executive order to ban all lobbyists from contact with our elected employees is beyond me. Look what the Big Pharma did with the help of our elected employees in both parties. In 2915 a law was passed virtually emasculating the DEA. The DEA now cannot stop suspiciously large shipments of Opioids to distributors when it is thought that the shipment may damaging or in the future. The wording of the law was changed to add the word immediate and with that the DEA became handcuffed because immediate means now/today and they cannot say with conviction that it will be harmful today. That wording was added by a former DEA head and provided to a Republican senator who put it in a bill that was passed in a bipartisan vote. Lobbyists for Bug Pharma are also the reason we do not have dental coverage in medicare nor are veterans treated in the VA hospital dental clinics. Big Pharma would like millions of seniors and veterans to have poor dental hygiene so they will be susceptible to other illnesses which require a doctors intervention which always results in at least one prescription being written. PAC’s should be banned as should all campaign money. Social media is a free source for any candidates to get their message out to “we the people”. Dr. Carson campaigned that way and made it to the top. Wherever there is money, there is corruption. Time to rid our elected employees of the temptation.

Ken Dahl
3 years ago

It’s time to get primary candidates for every establishment Republican. Steve Bannon is the man to do it. We also need to find strong candidates to run against the obstructionists Democratic candidates. This is the time we the people take our country back. They’ve ignored us too long. We have had enough. Let the voting begin. Ken

James H. Rust
3 years ago

Trump’s success on energy policy is shown by the stock markets reaction of Dow Jones Industrial going from 18,000 to 22,800.

Carbon dioxide is not pollution; but a gas that makes plants larger, have bigger root systems and decreased leaf stomata which makes plants more drought resistant. This has caused crop yields to increase the past 50 years so the planet has no problems feeding an increasing population of 2.5 billion in 1950 to 7.3 billion today. We should not make any effort to capture carbon dioxide because it is a valuable resource necessary for our survival.

Stan
3 years ago

Thank you president Trump! The coal usage is just ONE of the reasons I voted for you! I find it hard to believe that today’s minimal coal usage could be polluting as much as the coal usage of the early 20th Century when nearly everything ran on coal, and that didn’t seem to affect our climate! It was just a stupid item on Obama’s agenda. Typical liberal thinking. Get something going to get votes no matter what the cost.

Pete M
3 years ago

Forget what Oppenheimer says. Even if ALL nations dramatically cut their coal-powered emissions, the effect on climate change would be negligible or zero! The only reason to cut emissions would therefore be for health benefits alone.

Michelle
3 years ago

American coal production is the cleanest in the world.
Wind turbines do not run simply because air pushes the propellers – it takes electricity to start them , to keep them going when the wind dies down and to run the electronic grid that takes energy to the collection point.
Without an electric energy source the wind turbines are useless. Coal supplies 80% of the energy for electricity.
Solar panels are nice, but in places like Alaska, Canada and States as far north as Montana and N. Dakota there are many days that have little or no sun. Again, electricity counts on coal to cover the gap.
Trump did not scrap the clean power plan, he scrapped the clean power LIES, kept what works because he is a businessman, and did not allow the Paris Climate Treaty to rob Americans of jobs, to regulate the American Energy Industry, to give license to China, India, Mexico, Russia, etc. that have no intention of cleaning up their energy industries and handing American freedoms like the right to work to a European Governing body.
This title is way off target.

Martin Steed
3 years ago

Folks, the ONLY reason Obama did anything was to try to bring down the USA. He did and still does hate this country, as do many of his followers and supporters. Trump, on the other hand, loves this country. You may not like his methods, nor his frank comments, nor his brash style, but you cannot question his patriotism and love of country. He is the only one of ALL the candidates that ran who could call out congress for not doing their job. That’s why they are all squeeling. Think of this: A congresscritter or senator who votes against a policy or program that is good for the country and the people because Trump said something that hurt his feelings or pissed him off??? Stand up Senator McCain, and take a bow.

Maria
3 years ago
Reply to  Martin Steed

I’m with you. Mr Steed! If McCain has not learned not to push Pres. Trump, he should have learned by now, one would think. He is not helping our country by constantly being defiant and acting like a spoiled kid, so why is he still in Congress? At his age, he should have retired a long time ago. We don’t need nor want “lifers” in Washington who only take up space when it could have gone to a younger person who has good ideas of what to do in Congress and be an asset.

john koo
3 years ago
Reply to  Maria

Shame on the people of Arizona who voted McCain in for another term he should have been let out to pasture.

ROGER ROHE
3 years ago

Good for heat costs, yes. Not so good for smog. We need the power companies to stop building 300′ high chimneys – to let the pollution go where the wind blows. In that case, solar & wind is needed.

Jimmy Perkins
3 years ago

It was a very good thing to do it will create a few 100000’s of jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign energy

Gary K
3 years ago

I truely believe President Trump would benefit from a little “charm school” training similar to what all military General Officer selectees receive. However, as far as his focus, ideas, and delivery on promises to the American people he is the best! If he can build a cadre of staff who can equally support him and deliver for him, I believe we will truely see genuine change in DC (aka draining the swamp.)

Maria
3 years ago
Reply to  Gary K

Wouldn’t it be great if only he could walk into the different chambers and pick out the losers and tell them, “You’re Fired?” That would be a great way to start draining the swamp, I think. If the people there are not delivering on their promises to the people who voted for them, and to the country as a whole, they should be told “you’re fired.” Afterall, they are supposed to be working for the people…you and me…and not for their own special interests.

Andie
3 years ago

Trumps reversal wont have any effect for reasons few are talking about, namely economic and market forces greater than any government policy change. The climate change Chicken Littles want sweeping industry limiting solutions for a non existent problem to come from big brother. The energy industry just wants to do business profitably. Coal fired energy plants have had available technology that can make burning coal as clean as natural gas. But even without the costly installation of these scrubbers, natural gas has been cheaper than coal on the free market for years. It isn’t just a temporary market fluctuation to wait out. Trump is making the same mistake that the previous occupant of the White house made. Government attempts to manipulate industries and make the free market less free don’t end well. What would the energy industry do without these government mandates, incentives, extra taxes, penalties? They would seek the most profitable fuel sources. Right now, in order of preference, they prefer hydro electric, wind/solar, natural gas, coal. That is from the cost per Kwhr and looking at where they are putting money into developing future power generation.

Richard A. Tremaine
3 years ago
Reply to  Andie

Well Andie, Preference by whom? You can’t get new dams for hydro power anymore. Nobody wants a new dam. Wind/solar can’t handle the demand. IT is mechanical and will need replacements which are expensive. Natural gas mostly comes from drilling oil and recapture. It is a natural resource, but it just doesn’t come to us of it’s own free will. Most of the worlds countries can’t use it because they need pipe lines to transport it. Coal transports easily. The world’s countries find it easy to use. There is demand for it over the world. It can be made safe for the environment. It is a source of income for the USA that we have oodles of. President Trump seems to be smarter than most give him credit for.

Maria
3 years ago

Mr. Tremaine, thank you for a good post and yes, President Trump is smarter than most give him credit for. I think some people gauge him by his looks….his hairstyle, and his mannerisms but that doesn’t matter any because what he has in his head is what makes him Donald J. Trump. He did not amass his wealth in construction and building by being stupid…it takes a lot of know-how and he has what it takes! And he is doing what it takes to turn this country around and make it great again, and he shows that everyday. I prayed that God would show us the way to picking the right man for our next president, and HE delivered! Pres. Trump is a business man and a smart one at that.

Tom Wilde
3 years ago

The really sad part of Obama’s assault on the coal mining industry is that even while he was destroying them and their livelihood, they were still voting Democrat.

It wasn’t until the damage was nearly irreparable that they woke up and turned on their Globalist/Communist Bosses. THAT says a lot about what is happening in this country.

The same thing is happening in the iron mining region of Minnesota. The Democrats are busy destroying iron ore/taconite mining and working 24/7 to prevent any new sources of mineral mining to be exploited. Have the life long Democrats awakened yet?

Well, in the November 2016 election the incumbent US Congressman, Rik Nolan, won his seat by less than a 1/2 of 1% margin. That margin is usually 25% or more! Around here that victory margin is remarkable!

So okay, some people are waking up. But is it enough and is it already too late? Yes, there are changes, but those changes are based on the galling and obvious Far Left assault on their wallets. It is not based upon the the overall destructive political philosophy of the Globalist/Communist Democrats.

That will take the proper education of brainwashed Liberals and will start in our schools not our mine pits.

mike
3 years ago

Certainly getting rid of unworkable and policies that are a detriment is a good thing. Trump is doing what he said he would do. That is why we and i voted for him. That being said, yes, we are the saudi arabia of coal. Will coal make a complete comeback? I dot think so but it is a major part of our energy in this country and a major commodity to be exported. Certainly the technology exists to reduce coal emissions which truth be told are not out of control as the left constantly claims but we all are stewards of our planet and so diligence is warranted to not foul our nests. A wonderful side benefit is watching the left become apoplectic over this and many other things. They seem to be okay with subjugation but not okay with freedom. They fail to realize that burdensome restrictions are a restriction of freedom as well.

Mike T
3 years ago

MR Michael Oppenheimer’s remarks ignore the fact that global climate change is a lie. It is not merely a matter of whether one country or all countries reduce so-called greenhouse gas emissions. The issue is the entire subject is a lie fabricated by NWO global cabal called The Club of Rome. In the mid 1970’s they wrote a propaganda piece called the First Global Revolution in which they admit they were searching for an issue they could use to manipulate the “ignorant” masses (their term). In it they decided that global warming was that issue and have consistently worked to fabricate a case so they could do what they wanted which was to subjugate the world to their perverse vision.

As long as phony scientists like Oppenheimer do not openly call out the NWO globalists for the liars they are, any discussion of the false issue of “climate change” allows the lie to continue. It is time we expose the criminals for what they are and their “cause” of climate change for what it is; a complete lie.

President Trump would do well to do more than just rescinding the criminal acts of Ovomit. He should call out the criminals in government and NGO’s for them being the criminals they are. After all, he is the one who claimed he would drain the swamp, so get on with it and quit simply talking about it. The campaign is over. Now is the time to act!

Lisa
3 years ago

Not only will this impact coal miners and electricity providers, but also the railroad industry and its hundreds of thousands employees and their families. Coal is the railroad’s number one client and the restrictions were severely hurting railroads.

Andie
3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Lisa, Coal may have been the RR number one client but that largely had to do with transporting coal to the coast for shipment to Asia. Regardless of the Trump policy change, China and S. Korea, etc. are already moving away from coal. A decline in coal transportation was inevitable. America is at risk to lose its leading place in solar PV technology and developement. In China, they wrap skyscrapers with clear PV film 6 layers thick, each layer generating electricity. They are the most polluted country in the world with smog thick like fog. How long will they be interested in coal from the USA?

Rik
3 years ago
Reply to  Andie

Wow Andie, so you’re sold on solar energy huh? … Visit Huntington Beach’s Main Library where they installed solar roofing panels to light all the parking lot areas. Not only is the lighting weak but cell phone usage drops your calls if you’re sitting in your parked car. One has to get out from under the overhanging roof to use your phone. No thanks!

Bill Thompson
3 years ago

Finally, an acknowledgement that President Trump is doing what he promised to do and what we who voted for him asked him to accomplish.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill Thompson

And against almost insurmountable odds in the form of ALL the Democrats, and a bunch of RINO’s as well. That he gets anything done at all is a testament to his tenaciousness.

Rik
3 years ago

The Liberal loonies are going berserk that President Trump is spitting in the face of the Communist Muslim and his One World, Global Climate Change policy that would have eventually brought America into third world status to level the playing field with his beloved third world Muslim countries. Obama did his best to destroy America. Whether it be our economy, our military, our middle class, our Christian heritage, Capitalism, our individual liberties, our justice system, our Constitution and Bill of Rights, our borders and nation’s sovereignty, Obama and his Communist cronies ignored existing law and did everything possible to undermine and destroy America! … I may not agree or even wanted Trump as my Party’s candidate, but I now believe he is the ONLY person as President capable of saving this country at this crucial time in our history. Because he is independently wealthy, he doesn’t give one iota what anybody thinks of him. I could do without some of his tweets, but he has no problem with ruffling feathers in either political party. I like his “Give em Hell” attitude and if his own, Republican Party isn’t working with him, well, he can use the power of the pen, just like Obama did. … When November 4th comes around and Antifa unleashes it’s national day of revolution, I hope President Trump doesn’t hesitate in using the military to quell these outbursts, because I don’t trust local police departments to use necessary force. I believe that the general populace will have little patience in being inconvenienced by these young fascist thugs. Things will quickly get violent if “our” local police do nothing to stop them.
I’m afraid our country is in for some really rough times ahead, but I firmly believe that President Trump is the right person to commandeer this country to safety!!! … God Bless OUR Commander in Chief, President Trump!

Jerry in Nebraska
3 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Amen! That’s what I like the best about Trump. The way the libtards get all purple-faced whenever he does anything! Keep it up Mr. President! That’s what we hired you for!

Dorothy Himschoot Currier
3 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Wow! I cannot add to your well thought out comments.
I heartily agree with you!

Martin Steed
3 years ago
Reply to  Rik

The climate has been changing for over 4 Billion years. And its NOT because I drive an SUV! Our kids and grandkids grew up watching Captain Planet. In that show, Ted Turner depicted the eeeeeeeeevil CEO’S of various corporations of only wanting to kill people and polute the environment. They were always overcome by Captain Planet. Thing is, the kids were taught this at a very early age and they are now the millinials who are afraid of everything. Hell, who wouldn’t be.

Ivan Berry
3 years ago
Reply to  Rik

First there is CO2, then there is free oxygen. Free oxygen is the prime indicator for the existance of life. CO2 is not a principle greenhouse gas and has a minimal effect. It does, however, promote vegetable growth which then produces the oxygen which allows animals the air to breathe. Without CO2 we would not have the uncombined oxygen that allows us to live. Scrubbing CO2 from coal emissions is not useful, though eliminating ash does benefit air quality. The more CO2, the better.
Science being taken over through government funding and the environmental movement, with their agenda to central plan everything from the food we eat to the healthcare we are allowed is not only nonsense, it is an evil, planning to take over through world rule and to eventually eliminate nation states from this planet as well as all individual choices. Any pushback is a good thing.

DIANE DELPH
3 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

AMEN! to you & GOD!

PaulE
3 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Thanks to the growing scientific illiteracy of the general public (thanks to decades of our glorious, progressive public education system), the ignorance of this basic scientific knowledge allows the fraudulent deception of so-called climate change to gain acceptance and support around the world. That unquestioning acceptance is vital to conning whole nations into surrendering their rights and freedoms to the One World Order crowd. Wasting immense sums of money on inefficient, much more expensive sources of power generation, that are completely incapable of providing our baseload power needs on an uninterruptable basis. All of which the leaders and financial backers of the One World Order crowd stand to make potentially hundreds of billions of dollars from by forcing this inferior technology on the same scientifically illiterate world population.

Ignorance has real costs. The war against coal is but one front in that war. The war on fossil fuels in general, along with the anti-nuclear lobby is another. Only a complete fool would believe we could run the major economies of the world, as they exist today, off highly intermittent and inefficient green energy power sources of solar and wind power, that cost multiples of existing fossil fuel sources that have higher energy densities. Simple, rudimentary physics.

Ivan Berry
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

I=MC2, I being ignorance; M, the masterminds, and; C as the constant for the speed of lightweights that accept, and those who teach all this fake science. No matter how you shake it it still comes up bull. But can anyone get through to the brain-washed masses? Of course we should always keep trying although it sometimes seems a fruitless endeavor.
How many of our peers know that the C in Einstein’s formula was the speed of light measured in meters per second? How many could compute .003 to the tenth power (as I recall without double checking)? Not only are our k through 12 schools not teaching history, they also shun basic sciences. And it was basic science that helped lift America well beyound in our quality of life and our past perfection in production.

Saunders
3 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

K through 12 “students” can recite the lyrics to a snoop-doggie-dog or lady gaga “songs” but know nothing about WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the Marshall plan or the Monroe Doctrine. They also know very well how to put a condom on a cucumber and what types of meth are the best. sick. We spend more on “education” than any other country and look what we’ve got.

DIANE DELPH
3 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Agree on ALL points. His wealth keeps him from the bribing forces making SO MANY politicians break their promises & wreaking havoc on this once-beautiful country!

Glenn P.
3 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Amen brother.

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