Officials In Alabama Say Coal Is From God, Hold Prayer To Stop EPA Rules (VIDEO)

Religion has a long history of being abused by the powerful for private gain. In what is a ridiculously transparent nod to the Alabama coal industry, members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) called for the Christian god to protect them from EPA regulations that would negatively impact those profiting from dirty energy. The meeting was by the PSC to discuss the rates of Alabama Power. A Republican National Committee representative, Paul Reynolds, stated at the meeting, “What we’re dealing with is government run amok.” He went on to say the so-called war on coal is “dumb” and Obama should be concerned about other things, like world war. After all, what harm is there in destroying the environment that keeps us alive?

Here’s the video of the prayer:

The proposal they are against, which was announced by the EPA in June, would require emissions from coal-fired plants to be lowered by 27 percent. Apparently, that just isn’t in the almighty creator’s plan, though:

At their news conference today Cavanaugh and PSC commissioner-elect Chip Beeker invoked the name of God in stating their opposition to the EPA proposal. Beeker, a Republican who is running unopposed for a PSC seat, said coal was created in Alabama by God, and the federal government should not enact policy that runs counter to God’s plan.

“Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?” he said. (Source)

Actually, a ton of dead things gave Alabama their coal. It doesn’t seem likely that a super-powerful universe creating being would take a direct hand in lining the pockets of Alabama’s energy companies with dirty coal money, but maybe that’s me. And for the record, the destruction of our environment wreaked by our current methods of energy production seem unlikely to be looked well upon by any steward of creation. So, where does coal come from? Well, a few hundred million years ago, a ton of stuff died and ended up on the bottom of swamps. That mess ends up forming a material called peat, which, under extreme pressure, ends up being coal. Coal isn’t a gift from God to Alabama. It’s an outdated energy resource made from dead plants.