West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has an opportunity to serve tens of millions of Americans, as well as Mountain State residents, in a sort of Paul Revere role.
Tomblin's warning cry would be different: "Higher electric rates are coming!"
Our governor has been named president of the Council of State Governments. Officials from throughout the nation are active in the council.
During 2006, Tomblin served as chairman of the organization. But then, he had no particular reason to adopt a crusading attitude. That, after all, was before President Barack Obama was elected, before the White House launched its war on coal.
Scores of coal-fired power plants already have been closed because of Obama's assault. If it continues, hundreds more will shut down. Electric rates for tens of millions of Americans will skyrocket.
But residents of many states where that is a consideration do not seem to understand the peril - because little or no coal is mined in their areas.
That needs to change. From his post at the council, Tomblin can do much to mobilize opposition to the war on coal and reasonable electricity rates.