A Harvard University geochemist who serves as a scientific adviser to President Obama is urging the administration to wage a “war on coal.”“The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants,” Daniel P. Schrag, a member of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, told the New York Times. ”Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they’re having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”The remarks come on the eve of a much-anticipated climate change speech from the president Tuesday at Georgetown University.
At a time when millions of Americans remain out of work and the cost of groceries, gas, and health care continues to rise, it is astonishing that President Obama is unilaterally imposing new regulations that will cost jobs and increase energy prices. The president has always been hostile to affordable sources of American energy that power most of our economy, but this program – which amounts to a National Energy Tax – only escalates his attack. The president’s advisor calls it a ‘War on Coal,’ but it’s even more than that. These policies, rejected even by the last Democratic-controlled Congress, will shutter power plants, destroy good-paying American jobs, and raise electricity bills for families that can scarcely afford it.
All across the country, families and workers believe that the most critical issue is growing the economy, creating jobs, and helping the middle class get ahead. Protecting the environment and developing an energy policy for the 21st century is a common-sense, balanced approach. The Democrats’ plan is radical. It is extremist. They want electricity costs to skyrocket. Their radical energy tax proposal will lead to more red tape and harmful regulation, higher costs for middle class families, and could cripple entire industries thus destroying local jobs.2014 Democrats have remained loyal to President Obama’s liberal record and are now responsible for a radical agenda that threatens families, workers, and entire industries across the country.