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Nov. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Obama needs to see the light on coal

The Obama administration sent the EPA to Kentucky and West Virginia to impose crippling environmental standards on coal mining.

My great-grandfather came to eastern Kentucky with his mother in 1800 and settled on land that was awarded to my great-great-grandfather on land pension. My great-grandfather, St. Clair Roberts, served on Kentucky's state legislature for Lawrence County during the Civil War.

Kentucky has always been about coal mining and logging. Why do people in air-conditioned offices in Washington, D.C., want to destroy a people's way of life that is generations old?

I believe in the King James Bible. God makes it clear that He's the weathermaker, so either God is a liar or the "global warmers" are.

A message came out of the White House that electric and natural gas prices will rise this winter due to supply and demand.

Obama can double-talk those who are enamored with him, but I'm not one of the blind sheep. Here are the facts, America has 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas untapped. In Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, we have 200 years worth of coal. With fracking and horizontal drilling, we have more oil than Saudi Arabia.

Here is some food for thought. Why don't we drill all of our oil, tap all of our natural gas and sell much of our coal to the Chinese, who desperately want it, and then write a check for $17 trillion and pay off our national debt and still have tens of trillions of dollars left to put in our federal treasury?

Instead, we have a president who has a disdain for Western Civilization, who wants to hold America back. Obama needs to free his mind from the rants of Reverend Wright and see the light.

Daniel McDonald

Findlay, Ohio



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