Don’t take chances with our coal

Lois Neff

Bismarck

The EPA has proposed a ruling that threatens to kill the coal-fired electrical generation industry and the coal industry along with it. An Aug. 4 Wall Street Journal article estimates some 600,000 jobs will disappear within the next 10 years along with $2 trillion in revenue. The prediction is over 300 plants will shut down in the next six years.

Any North Dakota plants among them? Any of the following: Falkirk Mine, Coal Creek Station, Leland Olds, Heskett, Stanton, and several others? Thousands of jobs will disappear and our small cities, towns and a few counties will wither away.

President Obama has repeatedly said he will shut down coal, but he cannot do it alone. He’s got the EPA stacked in his corner, but he needs more Democrats in Congress and in state governments to carry out the deed. He needs Democrats in the coal states so he can make it happen. So how does Democrat George Sinner, who says he will sit in Washington, D.C., and not miss a vote, how does he explain the “end of coal” to the voters of Hazen, Beulah, Washburn, Underwood, Center, Stanton, Bismarck, etc.?

Vote for me and lose your job?

Or how does Ryan Taylor, who wants to tie up the State Industrial Commission, how does he explain the loss of the coal and power generation industry as “good for North Dakota.”

This is not some hidden agenda, it’s the Democratic Party objective. They say it is the end of coal and they will use the EPA, an agency of our own government, to shut it down.

Do we not believe what they say?

Want to take a chance come November?