Obama prepares to slam coal, natural gas with executive orders

Get ready for a war on energy.

President Obama is expected to announce Tuesday a series of sweeping actions that will cripple domestic power production and smother America’s natural-gas industry, and the future it promises, all in pursuit of the fantasy of renewable energy.

powerplantThe executive actions, which don’t require approval from Congress, will include greenhouse-gas limits on power plants, increased appliance efficiency standards and the use of public lands to promote renewables, according to a Washington Post report.

Forget making your blender work more efficiently, or building windmills in Washington, though.

This is going to be a serious assault on coal- and natural-gas utilities, using the Environmental Protection Agency as an enforcing army. It’s an assault the administration backed away from in its first term when cap-and-trade died in Congress. With no re-election hopes to restrain it, the White House’s assault will be even more reckless.

“The administration’s war on fossil fuels is now fully joined,” Stephen Brown, vice president for government affairs for Tesoro Corp., told the Post.

Together, coal- and natural-gas-fired plants provide about 68 percent of all electricity in the United States, according to the Edison Electric Institute, with most of the remainder coming from nuclear power – another environmentalist no-no.

Renewable fuels outside of hydropower – the kind of renewables the president will be talking about – produce only about 5 percent of the country’s needs.

“Apparently, this White House is willing to sacrifice the American manufacturing renaissance brought on by booming domestic energy development on the altar of climate change,” Brown told the Post.

You can’t have a war without sacrifice.


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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


22 thoughts on “Obama prepares to slam coal, natural gas with executive orders

  1. Peter Tyler says:

    What a load of cobblers. The has industry is the last toxic death throes of the fossil fuel era. Shame on the USA peteochemical industrybperpetuating those death those at the expense of communities, water and air quality using the 'security' excuse.

  2. Erwin B rown says:

    What?…..this is why the rest of the world thinks we have lost our standing in the intellectual community. We have.

  3. Barry G says:

    There is NO SUCH THING as human caused global warming, we are being stripped of our money for the Obama redistribution to the rest of the world, it is payback for the perceived "Colonialist theft" of natural resources from around the globe. They are just using AGW as an excuse to take away our wealth and make us suffer.

  4. Steven Faraher Amido says:

    All this anger at Obama for doing what the industry

    could have done itself, police itself, years ago, and perhaps we would not be facing climate change Armageddon. All the naysayers, look at Bloomberg magazine for June, and the front page shows the devastation of New Jersey from the hurricane, the headline" its global warming, stupid." The article elaborates on the huge increase in the number of storms in the past 10 years; with catastrophic costs for the insurance industry. Finally financial liability issues, coming home to roost. And that is from no liberal source, Bloomberg. liability and chickens coming home to roost.

  5. jon says:


    Hydrogen = Highly explosive, so straight hydrogen fuel presents problems.

    Solar power tends to cause a lot of pollution on a small scale because it requires batteries to store the power periods when the sun isn't out. This can be remedied in two ways, either feed it into a grid so that it may be used immediately, while more consistent fuels like coal or hydro pick up the slack in off hours. Or you can use electrolysis to produce hydrogen and store the hydrogen for off hours.

  6. 4th Branch says:

    Using an Executive order in this way is an abuse of power. We have three branches of government to ensure the people of this country retain the power thru representation. We have a President and not a King or Emperor.

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