The United States Government War on Coal -11 Nov 15

Any right thinking, logical and rational American knows that our government at the moment is controlled by radical leftists.  A government headed by an anti-American hack who was an accomplished street hustler, but as president, not so much.  The danger he and his administration and the entire democrat party, for that matter, pose to our nation is grave.  Whether we will survive intact as the nation resembling America as we have known it is in serious doubt.

Much of this site will deal with the global warming scam and plot that socialists in Western countries have adopted to be their means to near total control over our lives.  While the nation is up in arms about the rogue and radical Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its assault on all Americans and on all reliable energy sources, beneath the national radar is another Agency that is steadfastly working to cripple coal and now the Federal Government has ratcheted up its assault on coal through its Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

MSHA created by congress to administer the provision of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, enforcing federal mining laws in our nation’s coal and mineral mines and facilities.

Apparently, the Government believing that rank and file MSHA mine inspectors have not pounded on the coal mines enough, haven’t shut enough of them down, haven’t collected enough hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties so it has begun engaging in a despicable program of propagandizing it’s inspectors.

MSHA, like other federal and state agencies and various corporations and organizations has it’s own intranet.  “An intranet is a private network, accessible only to an organization’s staff.  Generally a wide range of information and services from the organization’s internal IT systems are available that would not be available to the public from the internet.”  (Wikipedia)  All MSHA mine inspectors have computers and the MSHA Intranet is there as a source for various resources inspectors must access on occasion as they perform their work.  It is a recent development that MSHA has been posting propaganda on its intranet.

MSHA also maintains a public website where mine operators, miners and civilians can access a great deal of valuable information.  However, it does not (yet) post the rank propaganda that is now showing up on its private intranet.

A November 3, 2015 opinion piece found on the website was posted on the MSHA intranet entitled, “We’re Winning the War Against Coal” written by Michael Bloomberg and Michael Brune.  CNN, a liberal organization in its own right, at least had the decency to preface the article with a disclaimer that

”Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy for climate change and cities and Michael Brune is executive director of the Sierra Club. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs”

No such disclaimer was found on the MSHA intranet as it reposted the opinion piece.  What makes this fantasy masquerading as fact so egregious is that it is our tax dollars which obviously finances MSHA and pays the salaries of MSHA personnel.   Obviously the message of the opinion is designed to inculcate anger if not rage against the very industry that the federal inspectors are charged with overseeing.

We begin dissecting this hit piece against one of the great energy sectors of our nation with the very title itself, “we are winning the war against coal”. These federal employees supposedly are the servants of “the people” and I don’t recall any citizen uprising demanding the government war against them.  Only in Obama-land does the government war against its own citizens and indispensable industries.

The propaganda begins with the issue that liberals think will sweep them to permanent power over our lives,

“Here’s some good news that many Americans may not realize: Domestically, we are winning the fight against the carbon pollution that drives climate change.  And by doing so, we are giving President Obama a strong hand to play when world leaders gather at the U.N.’s climate summit in Paris in five weeks to negotiate a global agreement to limit carbon emissions.”

Of course “carbon pollution”, is not pollution, carbon dioxide is the gas of life.  Without carbon dioxide there would be no life on the planet at all.  Liberals like to talk about man-made global warming as an established fact but saying it over and over again doesn’t make it so.  A corrupted “science” community making its grave pronouncements of doom as it feeds at the government trough of our tax dollars doesn’t make it so.  A corrupt education system designed to create liberal voters teaching young minds that man-kind, especially the United States, is destroying the planet doesn’t make it so.  The temperature of the world has remained unchanged for the past 17 years, yet the liberals are still stuck on stupid.

Poll after poll has shown that not only in the United States but worldwide, concern for global warming or its derivative “climate change” ranks near the bottom of concern for average citizens.  The boy simply cried wolf too many times.  Over the past three decades that the global warming scam has been afoot we have passed date after date that the purveyors of doom said we were to be destroyed or seriously affected by catastrophic changes in our environment.  The no more snows, the increased hurricane activities, the rising oceans creating millions of “climate refugees” just didn’t materialize.

“To understand how the White House finds itself in this position of strength, think back to 2010, when Congress failed to pass a cap-and-trade bill. That seemed to end any hopes of making major reductions in emissions and demonstrating American resolve to the global community. But in fact, even though the bill did not become law, the United States has already exceeded the carbon reduction goals it aimed to reach.


According to a study being released Wednesday by the Sierra Club and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 2015 U.S. economy-wide carbon emissions are even lower than they would have been had the bill passed. In fact, the United States can now say it has led the world in reducing carbon pollution over the last decade…

A primary driver is that over the past five years 130 coal-fired power plants have been retired and another 70 are preparing to retire over the next few years.”

So? If this is true, then why the mad rush to further degrade our nation’s electrical power supply and decimate coal producing states and regions?  Obama and his EPA have already done more than enough to seriously damage our energy supply and reliability, yet they want even more.  Developing countries, especially China are putting coal fired power plants on line as fast as they can build them, in China about one per week.  Obama puts our nation at risk while China forges ahead to meet the energy needs of its growing country with reliable coal.

“…the decline in coal use also stems in large measure from citizens demanding cleaner air and action on climate change. People across the country joined with the Sierra Club and many other organizations in standing up for their right to breathe clean air. Five years ago, coal pollution helped kill 13,000 Americans a year. Now, that number is down to 7,500.”

So where is this hue and cry from Americans demanding cleaner air and action on climate change?  Less than a fourth of Americans in a recent poll express significant concern for climate change.  On the world stage, a recent UN poll of citizens around the world found that concern for climate change ranked dead last on a list of 16 areas of concern.  Considering the all-out 24/7 propaganda blitz by the democrats and their media and the liberal education mills for the past 25 years or more, only reality has prevented a complete mental programming of Americans to accept this hoax.

The real truth is that American air quality has shown drastic improvement year and year for the past half century.  Depending on which “study” conducted by agenda driven “researchers” we consider, coal pollution kills between 13 to 30 thousand Americans per year.  Liberals claim that CO2 causes global warming which causes ozone smog which causes asthma which kills all of these Americans.  Yet ozone levels have continually declined over the past few decades while diagnosed asthma illnesses have increased.  There is no correlation between the two.  Might it be that Americans are unhealthier, fatter and less active than previous generations and these factors along with better diagnosis or expanded definition criteria have led to an “increase” Americans suffering and dying from asthma?

The EPA created a dire hazard from thin air (no pun intended) by claiming that Particulate Matter (soot) equal to or less than 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5) kills Americans “prematurely”.  Yet there is no proof for this.  Studies conducted at the University of North Carolina and Harvard refute this.  The EPA relied on the Harvard study in its pronouncement of doom, however, the data of the Harvard study itself indicated that there was no significant risk to the population for PM2.5.

The EPA claims that these premature deaths are caused by exposure to PM2.5 (most caused by burning coal of course) at concentrations beginning at 35µg/m3.  As you may recall, China had to temporarily shut down its local coal fired plants to clear the smog from the area of Shanghai for the Olympics it hosted.  The Chinese report that the PM levels typically of Shanghai is around 600µg/m3, yet the city enjoys an average life expectancy of 82.5 years, much higher than US cities.

Make no mistake, there is a war on coal.  It is being waged by those who would see the United States revert back to stone age living standards.  Our nation for decades has reduced all pollutants, our air and water gets cleaner by the day.  The issue isn’t science, the science truly is settled.  Puny humans do not alter the climate or weather.  The global warming or climate change movement is just that, a movement, a religion, a cult.  It’s all about politics and control.  It is the line between those of us who value liberty and prosperity on one side and an opponent on the other that craves control over our lives.

Advances in coal technology continues and it’s quite amazing.  According to the Institute for Energy Research

“One factor in improving air quality has been the pollution-control technologies used by coal-fired power plants. Today’s coal-fired electricity generating plants produce more power, with less emission of criteria pollutants, than ever before. According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), a new pulverized coal plant (operating at lower, “subcritical” temperatures and pressures) reduces the emission of NOx by 86 percent, SO2 by 98 percent, and particulate matter (PM) by 99.8 percent, as compared with a similar plant having no pollution controls. Undoubtedly, air quality will continue to improve in the future because of improved technology…

… Between 1970 and 2006, SO2 emissions in lbs per million Btu were reduced by almost 80 percent and NOx emissions in lbs per million Btu were reduced by over 70 percent. Between 1970 and 2006, total SO2 emissions were reduced by about 40 percent. Between 1980 and 2006, NOx emissions were reduced by almost 50 percent.”

Liberals are good at only two things, lying and hatching plans to destroy the United States.  The “war against coal” hit piece goes on to say

“Moreover, the phase-out of coal in the United States has only just begun. Our analysis of the new data shows that once all planned and targeted coal plant closings are factored in, the United States will exceed the Obama administration’s flagship pledge to cut electric sector carbon emissions — even if no other actions are taken — 32% by 2030.”

All at the expense of American industry and American lives.  New England over the past two years has forced the closing of several critical coal fired plants to rely on alternate power sources.  Supposedly when crunch time comes, whether a hot or cold spell, it intends to buy electric power from Canada which itself already is plagued with black and brown outs due to its own precarious ability to meet its own needs.

When MSHA republished this hit piece it attacks the Republican party, the party that overwhelmingly won the last election and controls congress.

“There will always be U.S. elected officials who seek to protect special interests, but they are fighting an irreversible trend, and they should be focused on helping workers from the coal industry find new opportunities.”

Apparently, MSHA leadership is attempting to encourage its rank and file inspectors to focus on helping coal mine workers to “find new opportunities” by putting their coal mines out of operation.  Americans expect law enforcement to be fair and impartial and not be motivated by a leftist agenda to destroy their livelihood and put them on the unemployment line.  Furthermore, its rather surprising that a federal agency that is budgeted by congress, would attack and insult the party that controls congress and the agency’s budget.

Robert H. Jackson, FDR’s Attorney General at the time in a speech to federal prosecutors on April 1, 1940, made a very powerful observation and warning that is very appropriate to the subject of this essay.  While he is specifically speaking to federal prosecutors, the concerns and principles apply to all government law enforcement including those that enforce our nation’s mining laws.  Substitute MSHA mine inspector for “prosecutor” and I think the point will be made very clear

“If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants.  Therein is the most dangerous power of the prosecutor:  that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted.  With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone.  In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him.


It is in this realm—in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies.  It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political views, or being personally obnoxious to or in the way of the prosecutor himself.”

It’s obvious that Obama and all liberals hate coal, heck they hate just about everything, especially anything pro-American or pro-civilization.  This hit piece on American energy and coal has no place on a government intranet designed only for its federal mining law enforcers to read and be motivated by.  One can only assume it was the upper political echelon of the federal agency that was brazen enough to post this sort of propaganda.  There is a war for the heart, soul and survival of this nation.  We are in an era where the government itself is at war with the nation’s own citizens.

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  6. So, this partially explains what’s been going on in the coal fields. I’ve know about the decimation of the coal industry and I know the democrats hate coal, but still… the coal miners and operators have rights don’t they? Our nation will stay in a bind until democrats are sent packing and their global warming nonsense.

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