Carbon cleansers

What’s a bigger threat to human life on earth than the Islamic State’s drive to murder everyone who does not accept Islamic law? According to America’s Dear Leader and his disciples it’s carbon; especially the benign form necessary for life: carbon dioxide. All living things contain carbon.

And so, it came to pass that gazillions of ancient creatures died, were compressed and heated in layers of rocks and miraculously converted to organic coal, oil and gas. And the Lord was pleased with his gifts to mankind.

Without these natural resources we would be living in primitive dwellings, without mechanized transportation and electricity— huddled over wood fires choking on carboniferous smoke.

A Wall Street Journal weekend editorial noted that Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would continue the “Obama administration’s carbon cleanse of the U. S. economy.” But because this will put people in those industries out of work she proposes a $30 billion dollar government bailout of United Mine Workers union pension and health plans, and “power plant and transportation workers hurt by coal bankruptcies.” Of course public schools in those economically destroyed communities would lose tax revenue which Mrs. Clinton would offset with other people’s money.

Socialists are so compassionate it’s enough to make one cry.

WSJ editors cite some sad statistics. Since Obama’s election in 2008 national coal production has declined by 15 percent. A Duke University study this year figured that 50,000 coal industry jobs disappeared between 2008 and 2012. Utah, Colorado and Appalachia were hit hard. Kentucky has more than 8 percent unemployment as a result of coal cleansing and southern West Virginia is in double digit unemployment.

Of course, the human suffering because of the unnecessary war on coal is of little consequence to warming zealots. Typically, to alleviate guilt, they throw some taxpayer’s money around and walk away from the carnage they create. The editors explain how progressives operate:

So here we have the progressive policy arc made clear: First destroy coal jobs to please affluent liberals over climate change, then tax all Americans more to buy the support of the workers who had those jobs. How about not destroying the jobs in the first place?


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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