Obama Administration’s “All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy Again Omits Coal

September 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama administration's war on coal continues. While discussing energy policy yesterday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar declared, “Under President Obama’s leadership, the United States moves forward with an all-of-the-above energy strategy. Oil and gas, nuclear, hydro, biofuels, wind, geothermal, solar, all of it. All of it.” But the source of nearly half of the nation’s electricity, coal, was conspicuously absent from the president’s so-called “all-of-the-above” plan — a disturbing yet reoccurring trend in the Obama administration. 

Salazar's speech is just the latest attempt by the Obama administration to cloak its war on coal with "all-of-the-above" propaganda.

Earlier this year, an Obama website completely omitted coal from a section trumpeting the administration’s supposed “all-of-the-above” energy policy. Only after several Energy and Commerce Committee members called attention to coal’s exclusion was the website quickly changed to replace “fuel efficiency” with “clean coal.”

At a recent press briefing on August 23, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney proudly reiterated the administration’s “all-of-the-above” energy policy but not surprisingly failed to mention coal.

With 42 consecutive months of higher than 8 percent national unemployment and coal mining operations now shuttering across the country, the administration’s war on coal is taking its toll. Coal plants are closing, workers are being laid off, and American families are struggling with higher electricity costs at a time when they can least afford it.

House Republicans have a strong energy strategy and legislative record that embraces all of our resources, including coal, and is truly emblematic of an “all-of-the-above” approach. Many of these bills, which will help achieve North American energy independence and create jobs, remain stuck in the Senate awaiting action. We can do better.