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Commentary: Rich Men North of Richmond – Michael Bloomberg’s Anti-Coal Agenda

By Tucker Davis

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

Commentary by Tucker Davis originally published by RealClearEnergy and RealClearWire

In the recent track “Rich Men North of Richmond” by Oliver Anthony, the musician takes aim at East Coast elites and their extreme pursuits for wealth and influence:

“These rich men north of Richmond, Lord knows they all just wanna have total control. They wanna know what you think, wanna know what you do. And they don’t think you know, but I know that you do.”

Enter Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor, and one-time 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful. Recently, Bloomberg announced a $500 million initiative aimed at closing all remaining U.S. coal-fired power plants.

Why would someone commit such resources against an industry that has provided affordable and reliable energy for decades? The likely culprits: greed, ego, and political influence.

Bloomberg’s contributions aren’t solely for environmental causes. While pinning down his full portfolio is challenging, he’s invested in natural gas, renewable energy, and media outlets such as Bloomberg Green, which promote a green-focused narrative. It seems Bloomberg might view environmentalism not just as a cause but also as a business venture.

His environmental stance also serves political ends. Bloomberg was an early backer of the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Carbon” initiative and is the current UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions. His 2020 attempt to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, though short-lived, further highlights his political ambitions.

Bloomberg has been outspoken about ending coal power. However, experts warn of the potential instability this could bring to the national energy grid, especially during critical times like summer heatwaves and winter cold spells.

Switching from coal to alternatives like wind and solar, experts argue, would necessitate a significant expansion of the current grid system. Especially with the surge in electric vehicles, some project the U.S. grid may need to double in capacity, potentially costing up to $2 trillion by 2050.

Despite these concerns, Bloomberg remains resolute. He stated, “Today marks a new chapter in the Beyond Carbon campaign… this next phase will shut down every last U.S. coal plant.”

Many experts caution against this move, emphasizing potential grid failures, energy shortages, and economic repercussions.

Such figures as Bloomberg, critics argue, not only push for an end to coal but also advocate for broader changes that could impact everyday life — from backyard grills to home heating options.

Indeed, individuals such as Bloomberg seemingly “wanna have total control.” It’s overdue for us to stand against their attempts to erode our freedoms and harm our country’s economic foundation to satisfy their inflated egos.

Tucker Davis is President of the Kentucky Coal Association.

This article was originally published by RealClearEnergy and made available via RealClearWire.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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