President Obama grew increasingly demure about his heartfelt “necessarily skyrocketing” energy-price ambitions as we moved closer and closer to the election last November, but despite his administration’s many attempts at subtlety, they have been waging a steadfast war on coal through regulations and policies that are aimed at eventually forcing coal off of America’s energy map. Environmentalists tend to hate coal on principle as one of the dirtiest possible energy sources, but their only suggestions for economically meaningful replacements for coal, of course, have been renewable energies and biofuels that do not come even close to traditional fuel sources in terms of price efficiency, private-sector productivity, or net job creation, and are still on the receiving end of highly generous taxpayer subsidies of all kinds of forms.

But hey, check this out — yet again, natural gas and the private sector are accomplishing what big-government leftists and bureaucrats could not, and in ways that legitimately grow the economy and create instead of destroy well-paying jobs.