The Democrats' Single Least Credible Idea: An 'All of the Above' Energy PlanSo which is it, Tim? Is Obama's plan to make coal economically irrelevant your plan as well?
By Jordan Weissman, The Atlantic
Ever since his last State of the Union address, President Obama has relied on four short words to describe his administration's energy policy: "all of the above." Should we rely on fossil fuels or renewables? Yes, says the White House.
That sentiment is now enshrined in the Democratic party platform that was officially adopted in Charlotte Monday night. "We can move towards a sustainable energy-independent future if we harness all of America's great natural resources," the document states. "That means an all-of-the-above approach to developing America's many energy resources, including wind, solar, biofuels, geothermal, hydropower, nuclear, oil, clean coal, and natural gas."
It's a nice sounding thought. But in light of the Obama administration's environmental policies, it's sort of nonsense.
The problem is coal, which would have to play at least some role in an all-of-the-above energy strategy.
There are certainly those who would like to see coal simply dwindle away over time. But it draws into question why the administration is bothering to invest billions into a technology while simultaneously doing its best to make it economically irrelevant. Because as of now, "all of the above" is really on track to mean "everything, except for coal." [link]
I don't expect a straight answer. But I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't give the people of the coalfields that trademark sneer while you're lying to them. They don't deserve it.