As the Obama administration draws to a close, several regulations set to safeguard the environment and public health are either not finalized or tied up in the court system.
A White House report highlights the need for federal coal lease reform that takes into consideration the market price of coal and external environmental costs.
A broad set of initiatives included in the Obama administration’s proposed budget for 2016 would support economic development projects in Central Appalachian communities burdened by the coal industry’s continued decline.
President Obama signed an executive order in March to address human-caused climate change by cutting federal agencies’ greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent and increasing their renewable energy generation by 30 percent.
From The Appalachian Voice: In 2009, representatives of the new Obama administration said that “the administration will do what the science calls for.” In Appalachia, the science calls for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. But six years later, mountaintop removal is still happening.
When President Obama first took office, he made a commitment that his agencies would always act on what the science dictated. I guess the way around taking actions, then, is to stop the science from ever being completed.