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Barack Obama's War On Coal

There's a reason our Founding Fathers implemented three branches of government: to ensure checks and balances and that no one person or group would have too much control. Their fear was, if that happened, the U.S. may fall under the rule of a monarch. To avoid that from happening, the Founders constructed our new government with three separate, but equal, branches.

Next week, our Founding Fathers' fears will become a reality.

That's when President Obama announces that he is circumnavigating Congress to implement new environmental regulations by fiat.

Congress has repeatedly rejected his efforts. So now he is ignoring the will of the people and going it alone. Just the kind of action the Founding Fathers hoped to prevent.

Where is Congress in all this?

Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, Kay Hagan, John Walsh, Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Udall, Bruce Braley, Gary Peters and Mark Warner all claim to be independent Democrats who stand up to President Obama.

What's the point of them being there if their mere presence enables President Obama to implement his radical agenda by fiat?

They are useless.

Senate battleground states are largely coal-intensive states, which makes President Obama's upcoming EPA announcement even more important.

Coal provides a majority of the electricity in Arkansas (53%), Colorado (64%), West Virginia (95%), Kentucky (93%), Montana (53%), Michigan (54%), and Iowa (59%). These states will be particularly hard hit by the rate spike that will come from the Obama Administration's cap-and-trade fiat.

As the Wall Street Journal’s Amy Harder explained,

“The proposed rule would affect hundreds of power plants nationwide and is expected to be challenging for utilities with a large number of coal-fired generators, which the EPA says account for about one-third of U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions. Burning coal produces more carbon dioxide than oil and natural gas, but it is also the cheapest and most plentiful source for power, providing 40% of the nation's electricity.”
Chris Stirewalt of Fox News added:

“That means big trouble for Democrats from red states and swing states where the original cap and trade proposal was unpopular and its regulatory offspring looks to be even less welcome…The new regulations could call into question the clout Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has been so fiercely touting in her campaign ads.”
Stirewalt’s point about Mary Landrieu (and vulnerable red state Democrats for that matter) is an important one to note. Landrieu has been telling anyone who will listen how influential she is after being named Chairman of the Energy Committee. It turns out that she isn't influential at all (though her team seems quite talented at writing strongly worded letters and press releases that Harry Reid and Barack Obama proceed to ignore).

Landrieu isn't alone. These new EPA regulations will reinforce how ineffective, powerless and without influence Senators like Mark Begich and Mark Pryor are. It will also remind voters in states like Kentucky and West Virginia that Democrats like Alison Lundergan Grimes and Natalie Tennant are on the wrong team.

Red state Democratic candidates can claim independence from the president all they want, but the truth is, they support Obama on average 94% of the time and they are powerless to do anything on the rare occasion where they claim to disagree with White House policy.

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Bill Murphy | May 28, 2014 |
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