Carbon offensive shifts to oil but spares natural gas

Oil is next in US President Barack Obama’s carbon offensive. With a regulatory barrage under challenge in court and Congress, the administration has been trying to slash coal combustion in the generation of electric power. Now the president is pulling oil—without natural gas—into the line of fire. In a July 30 speech in Chattanooga, Tenn., he supported “accelerating our clean energy and natural gas revolutions.” Then he declared: “Now is the time to double down on renewable energy and biofuels and electric vehicles and to put money into the research that will shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.” A state-centered campaign against carbon thus descends to the chemical level. Obama is...

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