Newsmax: “President Barack Obama will propose protecting 1.4 million acres of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called it “a stunning attack on our sovereignty.”
The move is certain to spark yet another fight with Republicans, who have fought for 35 years over how to manage what is known as ANWR, or the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The vast region has huge petroleum reserves but also provides critical habitat for caribou, millions of migrating birds, polar bears and other wildlife.
“What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” said the new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a statement to the Post.”
Opinion: Have you noticed your electric bill lately? The Energy Department predicts retail power prices will rise 4 percent on average this year, the biggest increase since 2008.
New and tighter pollution rules and tough competition from cleaner sources such as natural gas, wind and solar will lead to the closings of dozens of coal-burning plants across 20 states over the next three years. And many of those that stay open will need expensive retrofits.
Forty percent of home electricity is coal driven and President Obama does not like coal.
In one of his few truthful statements in the past 7 years, the future president said “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
The war on oil is much more significant. Without coal we learn to use blankets, without oil the nation stops.