Coo Coo coal mining

Just when most of us are trying to come to grips with the dire predictions for life on earth outlined in the new U.N. report on climate change, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney decides to head out on the road to talk up his idea for opening pit coal mining in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Never mind that Canada has announced regulations to phase-out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030 
  • Never mind that even in fossil-fuel friendly Alberta, most citizens oppose Kenney’s idea
  • Never mind that Canada is already reviled internationally for its tar sands operations

Premier Kenney believes pit coal mining is the answer to the province’s lagging economy in the wake of dramatically falling oil revenue. We get that things are tough out there, cowboy. But to borrow a pet putdown of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, this idea is coo coo for cocoa puffs.