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Obama's War on Coal

January 24, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revoked the coal mining permit for Arch Coal's Spruce Mine -- No. 1 in West Virginia's Logan County.  The EPA said it was acting under the authority of the Clean Water Act, saying the mine employed "destructive and unsustainable mining practices that jeopardize the health of Appalachian communities and clean water on which they depend."  But the EPA did not think so four years ago, when a Section 404 permit was issued, suggesting the extent to which this administration has politicized science, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD).

  • West Virginia is the second-largest coal producer in the United States.
  • The maligned fossil fuel provides $26 billion for the West Virginia economy annually, supports 60,000 jobs and pays $1.2 billion in wages for West Virginia families.
  • All this and much more nationally, is in jeopardy since coal provides half of America's electricity.

Source: "Obama's War on Coal," Investor's Business Daily, January 18, 2011.

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