We congratulate President Obama on his reelection.
And, now that he has been reelected, it is time, it is far past time, we United States citizens, especially those of us United States citizens residing in United States coal country, began asking him publicly and openly to do what we believe he should have done as soon as first took office, back in 2009.
On Jan. 4, 2007, Senate Bill 155 was introduced in the United States Senate by Sen. Jim Bunning, of Kentucky. Among that bill's co-sponsors was then-Sen. Barack Obama. The title of that proposed legislation was the "Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007"; wherein the term "coal-to-liquid" is explicitly defined to mean "a process or technology, the use of a feedstock, the majority of which is the coal resources of the United States, using the class of reactions known as Fischer-Tropsch, to produce synthetic fuel suitable for transportation." That bill was immediately referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it is now considered to have officially died.
They have been, on a large-scale industrial basis, converting coal into gasoline and diesel fuel in the nation of South Africa for more than half a century. China has embarked on a nationwide program of developing a coal liquefaction industry. West Virginia University has developed their own technology, known and referred to by some as the "West Virginia Process," for the direct conversion of coal into liquid hydrocarbon fuels.
As identified by the "Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007," "the coal resources of the United States" have the potential to free us all from economic enslavement to the foreign powers of OPEC. And, President Obama now has the political freedom to openly revive and promote legislation that will, among certain questionably-motivated groups of U.S. citizens, be hugely unpopular; but, it is legislation that has the potential to lead the entire United States of America into a new era of domestic prosperity, genuine economic freedom and true independence in the conduct of international affairs.
We say to him: Mr. President, it is far, far past time you again openly championed a cause you were once not ashamed to put your name to. Use your new status as the popularly reelected leader of the United States of America to do the right thing, the right thing for all of us, the right thing that will, among some, be unpopular:
Call for, demand, the open, public reintroduction of the "Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act" in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.
You have been reelected to lead. We ask that you do so.
Melissa and Joe Stewart
Ellwood City, Pa.