Yahoo News asked voters to comment on President Barack Obama's climate change plan, which he largely unveiled in a speech on Tuesday. Here's one response.
COMMENTARY l Living near Roanoke in the coalfields of southwest Virginia, it was difficult to continue to hope for economic recovery in this region after President Obama's recent speech. The cities, towns and communities in the area are dependent on one thing: coal.
Obama's words are a final bell sadly tolling this truth: Our way of life is over. If Obama's proposals go through, it will decimate our already languishing economy.
Politicians can talk about the need for coal-dependent economies to diversify, and the need for workers to be retrained and learn new skills, but all of these strategies take time to implement, time that families in the coalfields do not have.
Obama ignores the dark side to the utopian goal of reducing carbon emissions by destroying the coal industry -- the truth. Renewable sources of energy are incredibly expensive, undependable and inefficient. Few sources of energy are as cheap and reliable as coal. Rapidly changing energy sources will lead to rising energy costs for households and businesses throughout the nation when few can afford it. Increased costs from changing energy sources will result in dramatic increases in energy costs, and the cost of production will rise for everything else, this will result in rapid growth in both unemployment and inflation throughout the country.
Congratulations, President Obama, you've kept your campaign promise about "fundamentally changing the nation." Most still don't understand that your "change" means destroying our economy and ability to earn a living as you build your brave new Big Brother-esque empire.
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