Congress should bar stream rule

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register 

WHEELING, W.Va. — When Barack Obama became president, more than half the electricity generated in the United States came from coal-fired power plants. Coal was the most economical means of providing electricity.

Now, electricity from gas costs about the same as that from coal. Only about 40 percent of the nation’s power comes from coal.

That has occurred for two reasons: First, the price of gas plummeted, in large measure because of the shale drilling revolution.

Second, Obama’s war on coal and affordable energy has made it more expensive to mine coal and to burn it in power plants.

To a great extent, Obama has succeeded in his campaign to destroy the coal industry. With that has come the devastation of regions such as West Virginia.

But the president is not satisfied…

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