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Bill Clinton: Stuck 2,000 Years in the Past on Coal

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Bill Clinton keeps telling coal workers to move on from the life “you had 50 years ago”—while his wife Hillary shouts, “I believe in science!” But isn’t it interesting that the “science” to which they cling is 2,000 years out-of-date?


Greek Mathematician Hero of Alexandria invented the original windmill, a machine that harnessed wind for energy sometime around 50 AD. Do the math - 2016 minus 50 is 1,966—meaning windmill power is not “new” or “progressive” but a relic of 2,000 years ago.

Truth hurts. Especially, if you’re a Clinton. Because Clintons prefer shadows to sunshine. When it was revealed that Bill sexually exploited a White House intern, he chose to lie under oath and Hillary chose to go on national TV and back up his story despite irrefutable—scientific—evidence of his guilt on a certain stained navy blue dress.

Because a Clinton never lets science get in the way of a good story, especially a story that will help them gain political power.

Last week, former president Bill Clinton took the podium at the Democratic National Convention and said:

“She [Hillary] sent me in this primary to West Virginia where she knew we were going to lose, to look those coal miners in the eye and say I'm down here because Hillary sent me to tell you that if you really think you can get the economy back you had 50 years ago, have at it, vote for whoever you want to. But if she wins, she is coming back for you to take you along on the ride to America's future.”

Bill was referencing his controversial decision to campaign for Hillary in West Virginia coal country after she put her foot in her mouth by saying: "We are going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business."

Oops. Hillary was soon challenged by an unemployed coal miner named Bo Copely who told her that her statement troubled him and many other coal miners who, in his words: “don't see you as a friend.”


The truth is, most Americans aren’t worried about coal power or climate change—they’re worried about terrorism and the economy. Harris Interactive found a 7 percent drop in the number of Americans who turn off their lights when not in use to increase energy efficiency and an 8 percent drop in the number of Americans who replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs between 2012 and 2015.

Over 31,000 scientists seem to share the average American’s lack of alarm over climate change. These scientists signed the Global Warming Petition Project in 2014, stating: “…there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

Clinton “Science” Helps Elites, Hurts Everyone Else

The so-called “green” tech the Clintons endorse—like wind, hybrid fuels, and solar—will price poor people out of transportation, heat, and air conditioning while helping political elites grow wealthier.

Coal currently supplies one-third of America’s electricity. Coal is clean and cheap, and over the years has grown cleaner and cheaper. In contrast, wind power is dirty—consuming vast tracts of land; creating optical pollution; and killing well over 573,000 birds a year.  

Renewable power sources are expensive for taxpayers. Take Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk, a pseudo-entrepreneur who leveraged his friendship with Obama to receive a front-row seat at his presidential inauguration and a $465 million Department of Energy loan at rock-bottom interest rates, ten times lower than Tesla would have paid on the open market.


The Wall Street Journal included reports last May showing that Tesla batteries are “too expensive right now for mass adoption.” Musk is a billionaire. He didn’t need a subsidy. But money talks in politics and Obama awarded his loyalty.

For those Americans who can afford a Tesla, their lives are endangered. Tesla is building electric cars that seem more like electric death traps. In May, a former Navy SEAL was killed while driving the Tesla S sports car and utilizing its self-driving (“Autopilot”) technology.

Tesla S Autopilot technology failed to live up to Musk’s hype. He had promised: “The car will always take care of you.”

Tragically, Musk’s Tesla S “took care of” its SEAL occupant in the way a SEAL might “take care of” a terrorist—by killing him. The Tesla S decided to collide with a tractor-trailer rig on a Florida highway, killing the SEAL. It was a clear, sunny day—making the accident even more inexcusable. It wasn’t as though the self-driving car became “confused” in a snowstorm or torrential downpour.  

In the same way that Hillary was quick to blame the death of four Americans in Benghazi on an obscure internet video, Tesla was quick to blame the bright sun for the Tesla that killed the SEAL. If this excuse weren’t so sad, it would be laughable.

Tesla isn’t an anomaly. Three in four Americans who traded in an electric or hybrid vehicle in 2016 exchanged it for a non-renewable all-gas vehicle, reports Edmunds. Americans are known for their love affair with the automobile, but they just can’t fall in love with renewable cars. Why would the average American—who now makes under $30,000 annually—pay $3,000 more for the hybrid version of the Toyota Camry?


Hillary doesn’t seem to care that traditional energy is more affordable than renewables. She also hasn’t articulated her plan for replacing the jobs of coal miners, other than that they’ll somehow find great jobs in the green energy sector. But if Americans aren’t buying renewable products like cars and light bulbs, how can she be so sure? If birds—and even humans—are losing their lives to windmills, solar projects, and electric cars, how can she be so eager to eliminate tried-and-true power sources like coal?

“Donald Trump digs coal!” his vice presidential pick Gov. Mike Pence proudly declared at last month’s National Republican Convention in Ohio. Now, that’s a great reason to dig Trump. Let the Clintons cling to expensive and hazardous energy technologies that are 2,000 years behind the curve.

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