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It should come as no surprise to hear that former Nanny State New York City Mayor is meddling in a Colorado industry. Again.  What is it with this guy and Colorado? We love Colorado, too, but he seems a little obsessed.  This time, Bloomberg and his environmentalist elites are vilifying the coal industry, which has been targeted by President Obama since before he was elected.  Here’s a choice snippet from Bloomberg’s talk at his energy summit as reported by The Daily Caller:

Bloomberg, who is an environmental activist, said while he gives “a lot of money to the Sierra Club” to shut down coal-fired power plants and to promote green energy projects, society needs to “have some compassion to do it gently.”

Bloomberg’s charitable group has given the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign $50 millionto aid in the group’s mission of shutting down one-third of the country’s 500 coal plants by 2020. To date, the group claims to have helped in the closing of at least 55 coal-fired power plants in the last three years and blocked the building of 180 coal plants in the last decade.

According to the Colorado Mining Association, Colorado coal producers mined 29 million tons of coal valued at $1.1 billion in 2012. Colorado ranks 9th among the states in coal production. In some parts of the state, mining activities represent a large chunk of employment opportunity. We’re not sure there’s any compassionate way to tell someone that their main source of income is disappearing because several nanny statists would prefer a different form of energy.