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All the President’s Men

By Luke Popovich

The major business news stories of 2015 all featured the decline of the coal industry, as if we didn’t know. Along with the falling fortunes of the oil and gas industry, there have been few glad tidings this holiday season for any in the fossil energy sector, least of all for coal.

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Climate Change — The New Pay-to-play Game

By Luke Popovich

Here’s a twist on conventional logic. In the empire of capitalism, where the market is supposed to rule, the Barack Obama Administration is regulating another 41 gigawatts of coal-based capacity out of existence. What began as a plan to euthanize old coal plants has become a brazen plan to kill them all. Meanwhile, in autocratic China, where the Communist party spurns free-market dogma and democracy, the government is offering bonuses to any coal power plant that increases efficiency.

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The President’s Clean Power Trip — We’ll All Pay for His Paris Vacation

By Luke Popovich

The president will be in Paris, maybe as you are reading this, burnishing his reputation at the United Nation’s global green gabfest over climate change. Fresh off his veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline project — eliminating, at one stroke, tens of thousands of good paying jobs — the president is set to show the multitude gathering in the City of Lights his leadership on the global warming issue. In preparation for his November 30 trip, officials from his chief job-killing bureaucracy at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fanned out across the country to tout their leader’s controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP), the one that promises to reduce carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants along with the standard of living for millions of Americans.

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The Wages of War

For most Americans asked to fork over a sizeable chunk of their tax dollars to support the world’s biggest defense industry, the pocketbook pain is lessened greatly by the fact that our enemies are out there and dedicated to destroying us.

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The Pope, the President and the Devil

By Luke Popovich

About the time you read this in late September, Pope Francis will be visiting President Barack Obama in the White House. There, on Septmber 23, expect to hear more pontificating about the urgency of global climate change.

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