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Congress needs to stop Obama’s energy plans

February 1, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith , Fairmont Sentinel

President Barack Obama talked a lot about "renewable" energy during his recent State of the Union speech. But he made it crystal clear he plans to renew his administration's war against coal while forcing expensive, unrealistic non-alternatives down the throats of Americans.

During his entire speech, the president never used the word "coal." Yet he criticized Congress for rejecting his "climate change" proposals - at the same time failing, on purpose, to mention he has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to ruin the coal industry with or without lawmakers' approval.

Obama also chastised senators and representatives for failing "to set a clean energy standard that creates a market for innovation." That, of course, is code for more massive government subsidies for the solar and wind power industries - like the half-billion dollars in taxpayer money wasted on the failed Solyndra company.

"So far you haven't acted," the president told Congress. "Well, tonight, I will. I'm directing my administration to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power 3 million homes. And I'm proud to announce that the Department of Defense ... will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year."

Good heavens. Solar and wind power have failed miserably in free markets. So now, using taxpayers' money, Obama plans not just to subsidize massive new solar and wind farms, but also to buy the electricity from them. How many more billions of dollars will he waste, unless Congress stops him?

Indeed Congress needs to act on energy issues - by enacting a realistic policy that includes coal, and preventing Obama from killing that industry as he wastes billions of tax and electric customer dollars.



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