The Stunning Effects Of Obama’s War On Coal, In One Chart

EIA coal demand chartPresident Barack Obama has followed through on his promise to “bankrupt” the coal industry, causing coal use to fall by 29 percent since 2007, according to a chart published Thursday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The huge decline in coal use is due to regulations by Obama’s Enviromental Protection Agency and cheap natural gas, which  “spurred increases in natural gas-fired power generation in several states, generally at the expense of coal-fired generation,” according to the EIA.

Coal use fell in every state but Nebraska and Alaska, devastating both the coal power and the coal mining industries, and even forcing Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal company, to declare bankruptcy earlier this month. Other American coal companies have faced financial problems  as well. Arch Coal filed bankruptcy as well in January and coal companies like Alliance Coal announced mass layoffs.

Source: Energy Information Administration

The systematic deconstruction of the coal industry has created very real economic hardship for the”coal country” of Appalachia, which has been economically devastated and offers very few job options for the now unemployed workers.

Coal mines lost 7,500 jobs last year alone, according to federal data. A study last April found the coal industry lost 50,000 jobs from 2008 to 2012. Much of the blame for the job losses is targeted at federal regulations aimed at preventing global warming, which caused coal power plants to go bankrupt, resulting in a sharp decline in the price of coal.

Even President Barack Obama has recognized this and stated that opposition to his policies by coal miners and people in Appalachia is “perfectly legitimate,” during a December interview with National Public Radio.

The situation for coal miners would likely get worse if Obama’s Clean Power Plan is fully implemented. The EIA predicts the plan would more than double the number of coal plants shutting down over the next five years. The shutdowns have a cascading effect, causing coal production to collapse by more than 30 percent over the next decade.

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    Amber

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    Yes Obama shut down coal so it can be exported and you can buy the steel it makes from your communist friends . Jack the price of electricity up as planned ,create 10’s of thousands of avoidable fuel poverty deaths
    of your fellow Democrats . What a legacy .
    Maybe it was supposed to be a distraction from the devastating debt accumulated under the Democrat banner . That is the gift that will keep robbing generations for decades to come .
    Now Hillary wants to shut down fossil fuel . What ever that means . Rough translation shut down the American economy on the basis of failed climate models and bullying from Democrat hedge fund gambler donors .

    No wonder Trump wins in a cake walk .

    The greenies have infiltrated the Democrat Party and like other places in the world will take it down . So much for looking after the
    poor and jobless . It will take decades to get the Democrat screw out of their backs .

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    GR82DRV

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    [quote name=”Amber”]No wonder Trump wins in a cake walk .[/quote]
    Really? Trump is the [u]only[/u] candidate from the entire slate of Republicans who has no chance whatsoever against the badly damaged Hillary (assuming she isn’t indicted for felonies). Yes, he sweeps places like his home state in the primaries there but all the Republicans in the state could still meet in a phone booth.

    Due to a freak series of primary circumstances Trump was always in the right place at the right time to capitalize on voters who could not coalesce around another single alternative. Add full-time free media support (that will turn on him like a rabid dog the minute he gets the nomination), and you have the perfect storm for Hillary.

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    Mjw

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    [quote name=”GR82DRV”][quote name=”Amber”]No wonder Trump wins in a cake walk .[/quote]
    Really? Trump is the [u]only[/u] candidate from the entire slate of Republicans who has no chance whatsoever against the badly damaged Hillary (assuming she isn’t indicted for felonies). Yes, he sweeps places like his home state in the primaries there but all the Republicans in the state could still meet in a phone booth.

    Due to a freak series of primary circumstances Trump was always in the right place at the right time to capitalize on voters who could not coalesce around another single alternative. Add full-time free media support (that will turn on him like a rabid dog the minute he gets the nomination), and you have the perfect storm for Hillary.[/quote]
    if Trump is no chance to defeat Clinton why are the left so violently demonstrating against him?

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    Amber

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    USA unrest runs deep and Hillary has been part of the parade for a long long time . Not that Trump hasn’t but the Democrat politicians have turned against many of their
    former followers with their preachy green anti American worker agenda . Look who Trump is picking up and at every turn people still trash talk him and count him out . People eat that up especially when they are fed up with how the Republican establishment have been such useless doormats for Obama to trod on .

    Hillary and Donald are a mirror image of one another .Donald with less public baggage , but Hillary sitting in the eye of a hurricane most of her career .
    A sex poodle walking around the WhiteHouse again may be just a little too much for many .
    Americans deserve better but the system is so rigged they are likely to get the status quo either way after this long drawn out political marathon .

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    GR82DRV

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    [/quote]if Trump is no chance to defeat Clinton why are the left so violently demonstrating against him?[/quote]
    The left will demonstrate a ham sandwich if they think it will get them on TV. The media is more than willing to parrot the hate narrative foisted by these haters themselves… That’s just the media being what they are.

    The trouble is that Trump has become just what Obama was in his first national election. He’s a blank slate upon which every disaffected voter projects his or her highest hopes without considering that candidate’s history or abilities. In Trump’s case people will be shocked to learn that he has even less respect for the Constitution than he has knowledge of the same. People are wishfully wallpapering over Trump’s support for single payer (socialist) medicine, partial birth abortion, and gun control to name but a few leftist allegiances. He has supported leftist politicians with hundreds of thousands of dollars (including Hillary) while showering them with praise. Where’s the principle in that?

    Trump voters are mistaking a strong personality for a strong leader and statesman. They are not the same.

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    Amber

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    GR82DRV
    Can’ t disagree with your thoughts and trust me I think it’s a shame that voters have either one to chose from . The fact that both of them are even at this stage with all the very bright
    people in the USA is a travesty . It says a lot about how broke the electoral system is .

    The question is would either one actually do much to change the disastrous course the USA is on ? If people are really concerned
    they may opt for someone considered less part of the problem . At least Trump doesn’t cave to the pressure of greens like Hillary .

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    Amber

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    Over 60 solar panel companies bankrupt ,closed , or acquired in the past 5 years . All those Obama tax payer donations and other state funding down the drain . Hardly renewable .
    To help tilt the playing field even more Democrats are shutting down coal jobs and companies while Hillary pledges to shut down fossil fuels . Yet it’s not enough. Sunedison for example is now in bankruptcy protection after receiving massive injections of $$$ tax payer charity .
    When does this government corporate welfare end ? The executives of these flame outs should be paying back their salaries and bonuses at bear minimum . How many knew they were going down while continuing to fleece tax payers ? Why did the government cash dispending units do
    nothing to protect tax payers interests ?

    If AG’s want to demonstrate they are not just a lobby group for more massive tax payer rip offs in the “renewable energy ”
    con game then they should be doing their jobs chasing down the rounders who have pulled these heists instead of being tax payer financed cheerleaders .
    There is something seriously wrong when AG’s start acting as lobbyist’s while on the government payroll .

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