Sunday, April 2, 2017

Why I Love To Blog -- Reason #2 -- April 2, 2017

Updates

Later, 7:58 p.m. Central Time: when it rains, it pours. A reader asked earlier about Trump, coal, natural gas. My longer reply is in the original post. Now, I see an article in PennEnergy:
Part of a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico is still scheduled for retirement despite President Donald Trump's executive order Tuesday to roll back measures aimed at tackling global warming.
And the state's largest electric provider has no plans to shift gears when it comes to promoting cleaner energy, a spokesman said.
The president argued his order would revive the coal industry and create a level playing field for workers.
"It will take time to see how the president's actions may or may not impact our business going forward," said Pahl Shipley, a spokesman for Public Service Co. of New Mexico. Pressure to limit regional haze-causing pollution and other emissions from coal-fired power plants resulted in an agreement between the utility and federal and state regulators to close two units at the utility's San Juan Generating Station by the end of 2017.
Trump made good on a campaign promise to unravel the previous administration's efforts to restrict coal use. Several of the mandates could be suspended, rescinded or flagged for review to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.
Wow. Wow. Wow.

Original Post 

Earlier a reader asked if Trump was doing such a good job taking on Obama's "war on coal," why are so many natural gas power plants being built?

I love it when someone at the The New York Times reads my blog, or someone reads The New York Times and finds a better answer than the one I gave. I don't know if folks have noticed but it seems that for Trump if he can save one American job that's worthy of saving hundreds of thousands of American jobs. Just like a 1,000-mile journey begins with the first step.

And here we have a great example. No, no matter what President Trump does, he isn't going to turn back the tectonic tide  -- or should we say, tsunami -- set in motion by the Bakken revolution. No one is going to put natural gas back in genie's bottle and open the almost-limitless coal resources that the US has.

But if President Trump can save one American job by taking on Obama's "war on coal" he will consider that a job well done.

In this case, President Trump may have just save the livelihood of a number -- a great number -- of Native Americans. The story at The New York Times. Archived.

From the article:
“We don’t know Donald Trump,” said Henry Old Horn, 74, a Crow elder. “All we know is that he’s a good, successful businessman. And we also know that he’s not your typical politician. It’s like rolling the dice. Who knows, he may be our savior.”
Maybe.

I may come back to this one. It's important, as Peggy Noonan would say.

Later: Trump saves 600 jobs and the alt-left blows it off, suggesting 600 jobs is trivial. Tell that to the 600 folks/families who have jobs.  I get a kick out of this: from my perspective, President Trump seems to be the first president truly to be more concerned about folks that couldn't be more different than he is. Abraham Lincoln comes to mind, but Lincoln was coming from an easier valley.

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