Obama’s people must think he has the election in the bag. And who wouldn’t when his main rivals are a walking etch o sketch, a looney tune looking to outlaw contraception and Newt Gingrich, the GOP’s version of Rick James.
Otherwise would he be selling out his base and extreme energy impacted communities to oil and coal? We already know he’s fast tracking the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit process so it can be built from Cushing, OK through East Texas to the Port of Houston. But now another round of disturbing news is hitting the news cycle that an Obama appointed federal judge, Amy Berman Jackson, has reversed last year’s Spruce Mine veto.
Jackson ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exceeded its authority when it vetoed the mine in Jan. 2011. I guess preventing the poisoning people in their homes doesn’t really fall under the “protection” section in the EPA’s mission.
This reversal will turn this West Virginia site into the largest mountaintop removal mine in North America. Spruce Mine will destroy 2,278 acres of temperate rainforest and bury 7.5 miles of streams in the Spruce Fork sub-watershed. It will contribute to the ongoing health crisis already wrecking Appalachians’ lives every day. And it will breathe some last gasps of air into the lungs of the already dead Appalachian coal industry.
For a brief moment in 2009, I had a little “hope” that the extreme energy sacrifice zone of Appalachia’s mountains and communities would see some “change.”
But now, my only thought is “Who needs the GOP when you have Barack Obama?”