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Why Did the Obama Administration Wage the War on Coal? (Guest: Isaac Orr)

February 9, 2018

The Obama administration waged a war on coal by trying to make it too expensive for consumers through excessive regulation. The war is over and coal is here to make energy affordable again!

Research Fellow Isaac Orr joins the show to discuss the coal project, a series of four papers being written by Orr.  He discusses how coal can keep energy affordable unlike costly renewable forms of energy.  Topics include the war on coal waged by the Obama administration, the costs of wind and solar, and how technological advancements have led to clean coal.

Orr brings up how wind and solar are the most subsidized forms of energy despite the misconception that coal is most subsidized.  Without these subsidies, there would be little economic motive to build solar panels and wind farms.  Orr talks about how energy production is about providing Americans the most reliable energy at the best price, something coal can accomplish in feats.

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Jim Lakely is the director of communications and the primary media contact at The Heartland Institute. @jlakely
Isaac Orr is a research fellow for energy and environment policy at The Heartland Institute. Orr is a speaker, researcher, and writer specializing in hydraulic fracturing, frac sand mining, agricultural, and environmental policy issues.