Yeah, before the CONinvetion, willard was crying about the decline of the coal industry…The coal industry in this country and Canada is not in decline. Coal production is in fact at an all time High and coal stocks are also at an all time peak. The repubtards are squirming because since Obama came to office Coal and Petroleum fired power plants in this country have been shutting down in record numbers…Why ? Because they are being replaced by Natural Gas generators. Natural Gas electricity power generation in 2011 was 45% of all produced. Coal was 19% a drop from 30% the year before. Wind , Solar and water electricity generation was 35% of the total Double than that for 2009 and set to double again by 2014 (there is your “Green energy” and Jobs).Total U.S. Coal consumption for first quarter was the lowest since second quarter 1988, that is why the repubtards are screaming (while getting rich selling it to china) Hence Tom Toles Cartoon (2 September).Companies like Solindra failed because they opened at the beginning of a recession and no one had money to buy solar panels let alone gasoline ($4.00 a gallon, remember) and because the Chinese were selling them here at half the price of domestic production…purchased, imported and sold by American companies who exported our jobs there.
The Chinese are buying many of our coal mines and investing in them and EXPORTING THEIR PRODUCTION to china, which is why production has not fallen. The only energy shortage in America is in Texas, also the largest user of coal for electricity production and have the oldest plants…see Ben Sargent cartoon 23 August 2012.
But if you look at Holbert’s cartoon, which one is drinking the Kool Aide ?