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Consumers asked to sacrifice as government tries to kill coal

By KIRK BADGER Draffenville

EDITOR:

Following the deep freeze, we were subjected to scrolling messages on our TV screens imploring us to limit our electrical consumption to "preserve the integrity" of the system. I say it is pure audacity for the West Kentucky Electric System (TVA) to subject us to such a warning.

The government, in its attempt to kill coal, has severely cut the generating capacity of our west Kentucky coal-fired plants and we are supposed to accept the sacrifice? The president has appointed his "green" cronies to the board of the TVA and directed the EPA to increase its oppressive punishment of the industry in an attempt to crush coal. More coal-fueled megawatts have been removed from the system than any wind, solar or hydro sources can replace.

The ever-obstinate Al Gore recently announced gleefully that one new gas-powered 880MW plant would soon be online and that 3,300 MW from eight coal plants would be shuttered. Do the math. With electric demand for our increasingly indispensable gadgets on the rise, the overall generating capacity is diminishing each year. Murray State University is the latest local victim of this insane "national" agenda.

Coal remains the least-expensive and most abundant energy source in the world. In Obama's first campaign, he lamented that if we could send a man to the moon, "Why can't we have clean coal?" That sounded more like a promise than a question. So much for political promises.

The onslaught against coal does nothing to restore our economy and, in fact, has contributed to its continuing stagnation. (Just ask a miner.) Oh, that's right, foreign policy has become the "new" focus, not the economy. I am angry that we are asked to accept any sacrifice for a government run amok.

KIRK BADGER

Draffenville

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