The coal industry can be excused for thinking there’s a massive, organized, palm-rubbing effort to make its life difficult — the war on coal, in short.
It’s a “war” that’s been decades in the making, with few regulations actually originating with the Obama administration. Yet the current swarm of actions also underscores the extent to which the White House can influence which rules get written, enforced or buried by delays and litigation.
“It’s not a war on coal for warring on coal’s sake,” said David Spence, associate professor of law, politics and regulation at the University of Texas.
Rather, it’s kind of a perfect storm of actions that have been simmering for a long time.