U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton

It looks like the White House is trying to delay a Colorado coal mine out of business by dragging their feet on the bureaucratic review to approve an exception to the roadless rule.

Gary Harmon of the Daily Sentinel reports the review has been pushed back until after the election. Apparently, the decision is too important to be devoid of politics — the basis of all climate change arguments.

The court-ordered study from, you guessed it, WildEarth Guardians, is supposed to determine whether the expansion of the West Elk Mine operated by Arch Coal near Somerset will effect climate change in China. That’s not an exaggeration.

The new tool of environmentalists to shut down the coal industry is to demand that environmental assessments go beyond the effects of mining to determine if how the product is used by the consumer will affect the environment.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is not happy about the delay, and is demanding an explanation.

“This decision is far too important for the administration to brush under the rug until after Election Day. People’s jobs are at stake.”

The Forest Service said the delay was sought by the Office of Management and Budget, also known as the White House.