West Virginian Democrats shocked at War on Coal.
(H/T: Instapundit) They’re particularly indignant that the President that so many of them supported has decided to let the EPA strangle their state’s core industry via the selective refusal of permits. Which is not surprising, given that this administration’s hatred of the coal industry was not precisely a secret – but still, they’re upset:
West Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III, who supported Mr. Obama’s candidacy, called the EPA moves part of a stealth campaign to stifle the industry.
“Right now, my belief is that they’re trying to kill off surface mining through regulation what they cannot get done through legislation,” Mr. Manchin told MetroNews Talkline, a West Virginia call-in radio program, earlier this month. In West Virginia, 23 permits are being held up, with other affected states being Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
His concern is shared by Sen. Rockefeller (also an Obama supporter) – but may I be blunt? Let me be blunt: nobody cares. Maybe West Virginia Democrats would have gotten a better deal if they had flipped the state. Maybe. But the state went strong for Clinton in the primary, and then went strong for McCain in the general, so they’re pretty much worthless by this administration’s standards.
And, again: this should surprise nobody. The current ruling party’s elites do not want to increase the amount of energy that this country consumes. They want to decrease it, in fact. They are not shy about saying so, either. So there is no excuse for not knowing this all along; and any less at being affronted. Angry, yes – but not affronted.
PS: It should be noted that the Rep. Nick Rahall from Amanda’s article is happy to defend the administration’s hatred of the coal industry. It should also be noted that Rep. Rahall is a 32-year Member of Congress who represents a R+6 district. And he even has a challenger already: Lee Bias, who looks to be very sensible on energy and healthcare policy.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.