Four strikes and you're out? Not if you're the Environmental Protection Agency, egged on by President Barack Obama.
Part of Obama's shotgun-like assault on reasonable energy prices is an EPA plan referred to as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. If implemented, it will establish new penalties on use of coal in power plants and other industries.
Recently, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled the EPA exceeded its authority with the CSAPR. The decision marked the fourth time in four consecutive federal court rulings that the EPA has lost cases involving its war against coal. If that war were to proceed, it would amount to the most successful government assault in history on reasonable energy prices.
Loss of coal-fired generating capacity would mean substantially higher electric rates for tens of millions of Americans - and for many businesses that simply will not be able to compete as a result.
A reasonable observer might conclude that after so many court rulings, the EPA must be reined in. But Obama is no ordinary president. He has launched what may be the most imperial presidency in history - ignoring the courts and even the will of the people as expressed by Congress in order to pursue his agenda.