Marita Noon: Shouldn't be we fighting a war on terrorism not on fossil fuels?

Commentary by Marita Noon - It's not just a war on coal, the Obama Administration is gunning for oil & gas too - “You are responsible for President Obama’s re-election,” I told 150 folks from the oil and gas industry —most of whom were conservative Republicans. I spoke to them on October 15 in San Angelo, TX. A reporter covering the eventwrote that I “stunned the crowd by telling them they were largely responsible for getting the president re-elected, and asking them if they knew how they had helped.” He continued: “The room was very quiet for several moments as Noon waited to see if anyone would volunteer an answer.”
      We know President Obama has been waging a war on coal—with tens of thousands of jobs lost due to his attacks since he was elected in 2008, but why has the oil and gas industry escaped the harsh regulations that have virtually shut down both coal mining and coal-fueled power plants? After all, we know his environmentalist base—with whom he is philosophically aligned—hates them equally.
      The reporter added: “Finally someone suggested it was job creation that Noon was alluding to.”
      The oil and gas industry has added millions of jobs to the U.S. economy in the past six years and represents the bright spot in the jobs numbers. Imagine where the unemployment numbers would be if the oil and gas industry had been treated as poorly as coal.
      While President Obama hasn't had an outright war on oil and gas, he surely hasn’t helped—and his surrogates have been out fighting on his behalf. Read full column


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