I want coal for Christmas, and not because I’ve been a naughty girl. I want coal so I can affordably power up the high-tech toys Santa is bringing me, including an electronic butler who cleans and cooks and a modern, coal-fired steam locomotive that will allow me to bypass the TSA Snooper Troopers when I travel cross-country.
OK, so Santa probably won’t be sending a full-size coal-fired train down my chimney. But, like many of you, I may receive small electronics as gifts. As millions of us ring in the New Year by adding new gadgets to the power grid, we’ll need ample electricity to fire-up our cutting edge smartphones, sound systems and gaming consoles.
Americans currently get around 40% of their electricity from coal. We require coal to stay warm by running our furnaces—without going bankrupt—and to keep our ovens on as we celebrate the reason for the season with honeyed ham, buttery mashed potatoes and frosted sugar cookies.
Coal has historically created millions of well-paying jobs for miners around the world (who can make upwards of $30 an hour). Meanwhile, the coal industry provides a safe and affordable form of energy so that everyone—healthy or sick; educated or illiterate; rich or poor—may access basic living necessities like light and heat.
Last week, President Obama met global leaders in Paris for the 2015 Climate Summit. ABC News called coal the Summit’s “elephant in the room” before admitting: “All our energy derives from the sun, including fossil fuels that merely are reservoirs of solar energy from eons ago.”
Wait a minute… if coal power is a form of solar energy, then why is President Obama utilizing the EPA to crush the industry with excessive rules? “Human beings disrupt the climate,” Obama claimed in Paris. If any humans are to blame for disrupting nature, it is humans within the EPA and the government—not everyday Americans. Let me explain…
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