Sometime around 1980, I was driving to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico – when a massive failure occurred at the Four Corners Power Plant. This caused an electricity blackout across the entire northwest quadrant of the state for many hours.
When the electricity is out, gasoline pumps don’t work at the gas station. I didn’t have enough gas to drive the thirty miles each way in and out of Chaco Canyon, so I stopped at a Navajo trading post and bought two gallons of Coleman Lantern Fuel (essentially unleaded gasoline.)
The owner of the store realized what I was doing, and jacked the price up to $10 per gallon. Shutting down the coal industry will indeed make energy prices skyrocket.
Perhaps Obama can get a job working at a Navajo trading post. Ya-Ta-He.