It was March when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” and May when she explained during a CNN town hall that she “misspoke.” In fact, the future of coal mining was something she was “really worried about.”

Now it’s December, Donald Trump has been elected, and it’s very likely that Hillary Clinton isn’t spending much time worrying about the future of coal as she hikes around the woods of Chappaqua.

Environmentalists have taken heart, though, as a vacationing President Obama announced Tuesday a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along wide areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard.

National Review Online’s Charles C.W. Cooke noted just how impressed the New York Times seemed to be with the president’s unilateral action to “nail down an environmental legacy” before he leaves office.

Abusive? Heck, according the the Times, even his critics and opponents call Obama’s efforts to create new climate change regulations “novel and audacious.” Could President Obama’s, um, audacious use of “new and legally inventive strategies” really keep Donald Trump at bay for several years?

That’s how it used to work, yes. Maybe that’s just a carryover from the founding, like the Electoral College.

The drilling ban is permanent, right? Funny, the American people don’t seem convinced.

He does know he doesn’t get to take the pen and phone with him, right? Well, maybe the pen as a souvenir.

Even “Lyin’ Ted” is giving this permanent drilling ban a month, and that’s the truth.


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