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Word came down yesterday that more coal-fired power plants have been shut down in President Trump's first two years in office than in Barack Obama's entire first term. Market forces, renewable energy, and fracking have caused more belching coal plants to shutter under a president who promised to save coal than under the president who promised to end coal.

In fact, coal consumption throughout the entire United States is expected to drop to the lowest level since 1979. This past year alone, coal use dropped 4 percent.

The most surprising part of the story?

It was reported by CNN.

Somebody tell us again why the United States needed to be a part of the Paris Accord.

Editorial on 01/09/2019

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  • 23cal
    January 9, 2019 at 7:08 a.m.

    "Somebody tell us again why the United States needed to be a part of the Paris Accord."
    Because a 4% drop in coal usage, while desirable, is an extremely tiny, tiny, tiny part of global warming as a whole, and in no way shows synergy or leadership in working with the ENTIRE WORLD to address the problem. That the editor would try to push the argument that GLOBAL warming is nothing but a US coal usage problem sits on the continuum between bizarre and absurd.
    This is as goofy as Inhofe using a snowball to "prove" global warming isn't happening.

  • Skeptic1
    January 9, 2019 at 7:21 a.m.

    "It was reported by CNN." Well there goes the credibility, maybe these plants were closed because they were either inefficient or not in compliance? We won't get that answer from the Clinton News Network.

  • RBear
    January 9, 2019 at 7:35 a.m.

    Skeptic must have a closet full of tin-foil hats she pulls out daily. The woman is the queen of the conspiracy theory. In fact, I'm guessing she doubts her own theories, leading to a recursive conspiratorial loop she can't get out of.