President Barack Obama’s opponents won a Supreme Court skirmish in the “war on coal” Monday, but the ruling blocking his mercury pollution rule won’t do anything to reverse coal’s waning role in the nation’s power supply.
And on top of that, legal experts don’t expect the decision to hamper the administration’s plans for landmark climate regulations that are set to further cement the decline of the fuel that only a few years ago dominated the industry.
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For utility giant American Electric Power and others in the power sector, the judgment on the mercury rule that started to take effect in April comes too late to save the dozens of plants that already closed, or are slated to in the next several months.
“We’re not bringing them back,” Nick Akins, AEP’s CEO, president and chairman told POLITICO. “Once that ball gets rolling, it’s not going to change.”
When one considers how cavalier this president and his moneybags Big Green handlers have been about destroying the coal industry jobs in some of the poorer parts of the country it’s easy to see why so many of us are unmoved when progressives blather on and on about “working Americans”. Progressives see constituent blocs, not people. If you happen to be in a bloc they need for photo ops like the “Fight For 15” people, you get a little love. If those “Fight For 15” people worked at coal plants, the progs would throw them out into the street without any remorse.
The schizophrenic Supremes may have finally acted like they are on their meds when it comes to this ruling and it should help curb a regulatory agency that has been running amok for far too long, but it is sadly not enough to help the people whose livelihoods have already been ruined by a president who is a faithful attendee of the Church of Climate Change Hysteria.