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By 2017, coal may replace oil as the world’s top energy source. But while coal production is going up around the globe, the Obama administration seems focused on limiting the domestic coal industry by imposing burdensome and costly regulations.

Heritage Foundation expert Nicolas Loris explains:

Although coal-fired power plants generate over 40 percent of America’s electricity, the coal industry—and therefore American energy consumers—is increasingly under attack from both proposed and implemented federal regulations on new power plants, existing power plants, and mining operations.

When coal’s decline is driven by market forces, such as from the extraction and supply of cheap natural gas from shale formations, consumers and the economy at large are made better off. But when politicians unnecessarily choke coal supplies through excessive regulations devoid of environmental benefit, the result is less competition, higher prices, and job destruction.

The free market should determine the country’s energy source of choice, Loris argues, not bureaucrats in the federal government. While governments all over the world have figured that out, Washington continues to make American coal production more expensive and less competitive on the global market.

Do you think Lawmakers should be increasing regulations on the coal industry?

Comments (5)

Michael - December 29, 2013

What I don’t get is why your organization does not lead a citizens revolt against all of these laws / regulations that go in the face of the Constitution. As you know the Declaration of Independence tells us what to do with an out of control govt !

David Sales - August 21, 2015

We have the world’s largest supply of coal. Why don’t we use it for energy and skip the EPAs regulations to make it unusable.

Fiorella Weaver - August 21, 2015

No, of course they shouldn’t. But they won’t stop Obama from destroying the country anyway he can. What can you do about it?

Dennis Taylor - August 22, 2015

With looming problems with the dollar, this is no time to further weaken our economy. What this administration does not understand that you cannot turn an industry off and on like a switch. There are enormous costs in shutting down and even more in restarting a shut down coal industry. We will need coal while we continue to look for other sources of energy and to make existing sources more efficient. Best to shut down this president.

Gary Brown - August 22, 2015

Why aren’t the electricity providers fighting
the Governmental overreach which ultimately effects everyone and their bottom line?
I can only ask a question. We need responses and strategies from you guys.
I write letters and make phone calls all of which are ignored or acknowledged with a thank you for sharing your thoughts ect.

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