The Obama Administration has wasted $86 billion on green stimulus with nothing other than 50 bankrupt green companies to show for it — including Solyndra, First Solar and Ener1. The disconnected voter base has no concept, nor do they seem to care. It's become simply, "what government does." And since roughly 50% of Americans pay no Federal Income Tax, it's not coming out of their pockets.
The war on coal is an extension of this philosophy.