ROMNEY WORDSWORTH – Hillary Clinton recently declared on the campaign trail that if elected President, she would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” This used to be considered an act of shooting yourself in the foot, politically, because it directly threatens the economies of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. It is a sign of just how ideologically strait-jacketed Clinton is; just as much if not more so than Obama.
Clinton’s comments were in line with the Democrat Party kowtowing to the radical environmental Left, which has been waging a Jihad for years against all of America’s extraction industries, whether it be coal, oil, timber, or fishing. Fossil fuels have simply become the targets of the public hate campaigns engineered to service the Global Warming Hoax, which really exists to create a reason, and a funding mechanism, for a World Government.
So what happens if Clinton gets elected and carries out her threat to put the entire American coal industry out of business? A number of things, all of which would be fatal to the American economy.
First, energy costs would skyrocket, since over 40% of our electricity generation comes from coal fired plants. It used to be 50%, but Obama’s EPA have been busy closing scores of coal power plants across the country. It will also lead to chronic, rolling brown outs for electricity, because there are no credible alternatives to replace that lost power generation. So-called renewables like wind or solar are not cost-effective, do not produce the kind of “energy density” needed by a modern society, and are as unreliable as counting on every day be sunny, or windy. This is best demonstrated by the example that, in order to provide the electricity needs of New York City solely by wind farms, the entire state of Connecticut would have to be covered in windmills.
This just isn’t going to work.
Second, the U.S. would need to start importing the steel currently used to manufacture cars, military equipment, and whole host of other industrial products. Why? Because without access to local coal, you can’t make steel. Period. That’s because steelmaking starts with metallurgical coal, which is used to make coke. Combining coke with iron ore yields steel. No coal = No steel. If our steel industry had to bear the costs of importing coal in order to operate, our steel would be so expensive, nobody would buy it.
Plus, it’s simply not possible to liquefy metal or power heavy-duty furnaces and machinery depending on windmills.
Third, when you lose cheap and reliable energy, and coal, and steel, you lose something else too: Manufacturing. Without cost effective steel, you can say goodbye to our domestic auto industry, heavy truck industry, and heavy machine manufacturing. Say goodbye to our ship building industry too. Say goodbye to pretty much any manufacturing of any product that consists of steel.
When you have lost all that manufacturing, you lose the middle class. This isn’t academic, but a matter of historical record. Democrat policies have already hollowed out our manufacturing base, and it is destroying our middle class. The American middle class under Democrat misrule has been shrinking the size of the middle class in real, absolute numbers. Clinton’s destruction of the coal industry will just accelerate the process, and also make it irreversible.
Clinton is either too stupid to realize the ramifications of her anti-coal policy or she is part of the communist cabal that wants to hollow out and de-industrialize America and send our manufacturing wealth to communist China. Take your pick.