New Front

On Aug. 15, many state residents will get to hear about a wonderful success story for West Virginia. But even as it is being told, radical environmentalists will be working to make it no more than history.

From 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day, a panel of experts will gather in a forum at West Liberty University’s Highlands Center to discuss coal exports.

Though President Barack Obama and the other radicals are determined to wreck the coal industry, West Virginia coal remains popular overseas. Much of that success is because the state has good reserves of high-quality metallurgical coal used in making steel.

West Virginia companies exported $7.4 billion worth of coal last year, up from $5.3 billion in 2011. As demand for Appalachian coal to feed U.S. power plants dwindles, that is good news.

But the radicals, not content to savage the domestic coal marketplace, now are going after exports. This week, a coalition of radical environmentalists calling themselves the Chesapeake Climate Action Network sued the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

The network claims the bank provided a $90 million loan guarantee to one coal exporter without considering the air and water pollution ramifications. The lawsuit cites coal dust, heavy railroad traffic and noise as concerns.

None is a real problem, of course. The lawsuit is merely an attempt to harass the government bank into withholding support for coal exporters.

The federal judge who hears the case should recognize it is merely a new manifestation of the anti-coal frenzy promoted by the radicals-and dismiss the lawsuit immediately.