President Obama is playing the artful dodger from the finger of blame for high gas prices. While he and his appointees skillfully dodge and point fingers at everyone else, his administration's policies and decisions have helped set the stage for the increased costs American consumers are paying at the pump now and in the future.
Some in Washington insist that our nation's environmental concerns are at odds with our economic ones. They say job protection must be sacrificed for clean air and water, or healthy economic growth cannot exist with healthy families and communities.
West Virginia is well known as a leading producer of coal, the fuel source that still provides nearly half of America's energy needs. Many also know that the Obama administration has been waging a war on coal -- first through its attempt to pass a cap-and-trade energy tax, and now through the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to regulate what the president could not legislate.
The Internet's innovation and success is unmatched and since its inception, it has thrived without government interference. The Federal Communications Commission nonetheless ruled in December to impose Internet regulations, even though Congress has never authorized it to do so. There is also no crisis warranting such intervention.
Coal is a vital domestic natural resource that powers the U.S. economy.... More than 50% of the U.S. electric supply comes from coal-fired power plants. This obviously translates into a lot of jobs:... In 2009 there were 1,400 mines in the U.S. employing over 87,000 miners.... There were also 31,000 jobs related to the transportation of coal and 60,000 jobs in coal-fired power plants.
People are already angry about high gas prices. But they really get steamed when they learn how much their own government is contributing to the problem. It's time for Congress to impose a cease-fire in the Obama administration's war on lower gasoline prices.