Tribal Chair: War on Coal, War on Our Children

Aaron Flint posted on September 05, 2013 14:48 :: 5839 Views

I’d imagine there was some sour milk being sipped in the latte’s of Seattle this morning.  For the rich, white liberals in Seattle looking to block coal exports from the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana- I can only imagine the shock they might have had once they heard the Crow Tribal Chairman tell *their Senator* that *their war on coal* is really a war on the families and children on the Crow Indian Reservation.  

That was the message Chairman Darrin Old Coyote sent to Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) during a meeting on The University of Montana campus in Missoula.     (h/t Chris Shipp)



Here’s the actual quote from The Missoulian:

The Crow Nation has been mining coal since 1974, and Chairman Darrin Old Coyote said it now gets half its revenue from coal development, even though “coal is a four-letter word in D.C.”

The tribe has a model reclamation program it has invited investors in Cantwell’s state of Washington to come see.

“We need your help to diversify” programs like a multibillion-dollar coal-to-liquid fuels plant, Old Coyote said. “A war on coal is a war on our families and our children.”

By the way- #CrowCoal was also discussed in Billings, Montana on the same day, as a Crow tribal member expressed concerns over a potential Endanged Species listing of the sage grouse and how that could impact coal production on the Crow Indian Reservation.  While the tribal chairman was in Missoula, Channis Whiteman spoke before a US House Natural Resources Committee field hearing in Billings. 

As a side note to Montana politicos- a spokesman for the Fort Peck Indian Reservation also spoke of the need for a “New Deal” type of infrastructure funding for Indian Country.  I imagine the infrastructure funding vetoed by Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) would have built some new roads and more that would travel right through Indian Country in Montana.   

Speaking of a war on coal….President Obama was in Norway building up support for the war yesterday.  Nope, not the war in Syria.  That’s right- the war on coal.

Politico’s Morning Energy has this:

OBAMA PICKS UP NORDIC SUPPORT FOR CLIMATE AGENDA ITEMS: While in Sweden yesterday, President Barack Obama got that nation and Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland on board with his plan to stop public financing for overseas coal-fired power plants (“except in rare circumstances”), part of the president’s climate change agenda announced earlier this year. In a joint statement, the leaders also pledged to work on getting other nations and development banks to do the same. The leaders also reiterated their goal of adopting a “comprehensive, fair, and inclusive climate agreement” in 2015 via the UN climate negotiations.

Meanwhile, here’s a press release posted at Hydraulic Fracturing Market Worth $64 Billion by 2017

Dallas, TX — (SBWIRE) — 08/30/2013 — According to a new market research report, “Hydraulic Fracturing Market by Resource & Well Type – Global Trends & Forecasts up till 2017” published by MarketsandMarkets (, Global hydraulic fracturing market will grow from estimated $31 billion in 2011. This value is expected to increase from $40 billion in 2012 to $64 billion by 2017, with 10% CAGR during the same period. North America is expected to lead the global hydraulic fracturing production market in terms of hydraulic horse power supplied by the year 2011…

And, from the Minot, ND-based Fracking Has Lifted Household Incomes By $1,200

The environmental left has declared a jihad on hydraulic fracturing ostensibly because it’s devastating for the environment (a claim with little supporting evidence) but mostly because it means a resurgence for fossil fuels, particularly oil and natural gas. The goal of the left has been to hamstring fossil fuels with higher taxes and tougher regulations in order to make so-called “green power” more practical on the market.

But here’s the thing: While we can debate about the environmental impact of fracking, and whether concerns are valid or born of desire to give Big Green an edge over Big Oil & Gas, there’s no denying the economic impact. Income levels are on the rise thanks to the oil and gas energy revolution set off by fracking…

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