3/28/17

Coal smoke and sooty mirrors

The buffoonery, the lies, and the half-truths continue.

“We don’t import coal,” said Robert Stavins, an energy economist at Harvard University. “So in terms of the Clean Power Plan, this has nothing to do with so-called energy independence whatsoever.”

Yeah, but Stavins is an effete libtard eastern Ivy League snob, not a RealAmerican™. He's just trying to confuse the Trumpkins with fact.

"The new order would mean that older coal plants that had been marked for closings would probably stay open, said Robert W. Godby, an energy economist at the University of Wyoming. That would extend the market demand for coal for up to a decade.

But even so, “the mines that are staying open are using more mechanization,” he said. “They’re not hiring people.”

“So even if we saw an increase in coal production, we could see a decrease in coal jobs,” he said."

But wait ... didn't Mnuchin say that robotics and automation were fifty or more years down the road?