it’s not often that i say to myself “this is ridiculous and ill-advised even for you” but last night i made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich using only my hands because life is fleeting and it has no meaning other than the meaning we assign to it
SOMERSET, Colo. — The sale of billions of tons of publicly owned coal highlights one of the greatest conundrums of the Obama’s environmental policy. While the Obama administration has ordered a 30 percent reduction of global warming gases, it is leasing land for mining of coal, which can be exported and burned elsewhere. It is the story of “contradictory energy policies undermining the larger goal of having a reduction of greenhouse gases in America,” said Senator Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who normally is a staunch ally of the administration, but in this case one of its severest critics.
Obama may be the coal industry’s critical, if unlikely, ally. The administration has rejected calls to place a moratorium on leasing public land to mining firms — even though such leases account for 40 percent of coal mined in the United States. Nor is the administration much interested in blocking exports of coal from such leases to countries where it could be burned without antipollution controls. Or in significantly raising the price of the billions of tons of publicly owned coal now sold at what critics consider bargain rates.