Coal is becoming a harder cross to bear. It won’t get any easier with stepped-up government and advocacy group hostility toward fossil fuels in general and coal in particular. Now comes word that Al Armendariz, the former administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency region that includes Oklahoma, has joined the Sierra Club’s strident anti-coal campaign. Armendariz resigned from the EPA after he was caught on tape comparing his enforcement philosophy to imperial Rome’s use of crucifixion to terrorize the population. The Sierra Club has targeted coal-fired power plants in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. So much for the liberal complaint about regulators jumping ship to work in an industry they formerly regulated. The Armendariz move is just as cozy. The Club for Ungrowth is a powerful lobby and now has a Roman centurion in its ranks. Had a Bush administration official done what Armendariz did, no conservative advocacy group would have touched him with a 10-foot rood.