DESPITE denials from some Democrats, the Obama administration seems set on disassembling the coal industry.
This war on coal is not without casualties.
As Rep. Shelley Moore Capito noted recently, 18 coal units already have been closed in West Virginia due to Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
That has cost West Virginians 1,000 jobs already.
The state lost another 1,200 jobs in the last three months of 2012 as surface mining production fell to a 25-year low.
"The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants," Obama science adviser Daniel P. Schrag told the New York Times recently.
"Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they're having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what's needed."
But the Energy Information Agency projected that coal will continue to account for at least 35 percent of the nation's electricity generation through 2040. That is 37 years away, or more than one generation.
"As a proud West Virginian, I have a message for President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who put their liberal base ahead of American jobs," Capito said.
"We won't let you turn off the lights on West Virginia."
If Obama's plan truly were to the benefit of the nation, he would not be trying to hide what he is doing.