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Aug 09 2012

Obama Wreaks Havoc in Coal Industry

You can’t say Comrade Obama never keeps his promises. He said he would destroy the coal industry that provides half of our electricity. He’s delivering:

Last month, the Patriot Coal Company filed for bankruptcy, a move prompted in part by the impact that regulations instituted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had on the company. […For the same reason,] Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., has indicated its intent to cease mining at various sites in Kentucky, and lay off about 150 workers.

In Pennsylvania last month, layoffs were also announced by two coal companies, which blamed Obama’s War on Coal for the job losses.

“[T]he escalating costs and uncertainty generated by recently advanced EOA regulations and interpretations have created a challenging business climate for the entire coal industry,” said the President and CEO of PBS Coals, Inc., D. Lynn Shanks, in a statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Meanwhile, July also saw the announcement by the Ohio Valley Coal Co. that it would be laying off workers. Ohio Valley Coal’s General Manager Ronald Koontz accused the Obama administration of engaging in a “war on coal seeking to destroy the coal industry and the jobs of our own employees and the livelihoods of their families.”

At the end of the month, Ohio American Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy, announced that it would be closing down mining operations that employed over 200 workers. The founder of Ohio American attributed the layoffs to Obama policies affecting the coal industry, and predicted that more job losses would occur as a result of them.

“There will be additional layoffs, not only at Murray Energy, but also throughout the United States coal industry due to Mr. Obama’s ‘War on Coal’ and the destruction that it has caused to so many jobs and families in the Ohio Valley area and elsewhere,” said Robert Murray.

Imagine if someone officially acknowledged as an enemy of the USA — a Hitler or Osama bin Laden — were able to wreak this much havoc on our economy and our energy supply. We would fight to the last man to stop him. Yet there are people so insulated from reality by moonbattery that they will vote to reelect the worst enemy America has ever had.

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30 Responses to “Obama Wreaks Havoc in Coal Industry”

  1. Bloodless Coup says:

    The Washington Times Reports That The US Military Is Preparing To Fight “Tea Party Insurectionists.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/aug/7/the-civil-war-of-2016/

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  3. Kanaka Girl says:

    If the moonbats destroy the coal industry, just how do those geniuses think they will get the electricity to run their Volts and Priuses?

  4. dan says:

    I’m investing in tar and feathers….EPA-minions

    always been a high priority.
    do they think patriots will be attacking fortified positions and armored vehicles….bwahahaha !

  5. Son of Taz says:

    Kanaka Girl, they don’t want you to run a Volt or Prius. That’s why there are train lines being built that go nowhere. These communists want to control all of the transportation as well as the food chain and fuel supplies.

    When talk of government control of everyday life comes up, some may think we’re wearing tinfoil hats. I’ll proudly wear a tinfoil hat if the alternative is having my head so far up my backside that I’d blindly vote for the Marxist that plans to destroy this country.

    The countdown to the election to Save America continues.

  6. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    Drudge has a link to a story this morning that one of the coal unions is sitting out this election and won’t endorse either candidate, although the head of the union says he still intends to vote for Obama because he’s “loyal to my party”. The union gave a “ringing endorsement” to Obama in 2008 so I guess it didn’t pay any attention when Obama said he intended to bankrupt the coal industry. Talk about voting against your own interests. Isn’t that Dems always accuse Republicans of doing?

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/coal-miners-union-sits-out-presidential-race-20120809

  7. Winston Smith says:

    Wouldnt be suprised if Obamas cronies tried to link the banrupt coal companies to Bain Capital and Mitt Romney – as absurd as it sounds – they are a demented but creative bunch.

  8. Winston Smith says:

    The left wing nuts are already opening a 2nd front on natural gas fracking as well as nuclear power. Of course the wealthy leftist elites will always have plenty of high priced power – they can afford it. Even local Democrats are getting annoyed with the constant war on cheap energy by the Jackboots at the EPA. The tide is turning.

    In southwestern PA the EPA jackboots are trying to quadruple peoples sewage bills to prevent rare events of sewage overflows into rivers. Even moonbat politicans in the Peoples Republic of Pittsburgh are trying to force the EPA to accept for reasonable plans. Its like with the air – spend billions for tiny improvements in air/water quality. Nobody wants condition of 30-40 years ago but trying to return the country to some utopian pristine paradise is a recipe for economic disaster.

  9. James says:

    Once again, where the hell are the Romney/Republican ads showing the video clips of Obama saying how he plans to bankrupt anyone building a new coal plant?? And what about him saying how electricity rates will need to “necessarily skyrocket?” These are anti-Obama ads, ironically, made by Obama himself. These clips need to be shown in coal states like Pennsylvania and Ohio.

  10. ed357 says:

    Hey……..

    United Mine Workers of America……….

    “How’s that Hope and Change working out for you?”………

    Elections have consequences……You enjoying yours?

  11. chuck in st paul says:

    We don’t need no stinking eeeevil dirty coal. We have windmills and solar panels and unicorn farts.

  12. chuck in st paul says:

    Kanaka Girl says:
    August 9, 2012 at 6:44 am If the moonbats destroy the coal industry, just how do those geniuses think they will get the electricity to run their Volts and Priuses?
    —————

    from Obama’s stash, of course

  13. Beef says:

    Imagine if Romney visited these mines and pledged to reign in the EPA that is trying to run the coal industry out of business.

    How easy would it be to jump to 60% in the polls against the complete failure we have in office now? If the Republicans fumble the ball in the red zone, this country is doomed. WTF?

  14. Dr. 9 says:

    The EPA has now become a greater threat to America, it’s people, and their freedom and liberty, than any threat from Al-Qaeda.

  15. Barry Soweto says:

    Did they award me my Olympic Gold Medal yet?

  16. wingmann says:

    “Yet there are people so insulated from reality by moonbattery that they will vote to reelect the worst enemy America has ever had”
    __________________

    A better definition of Moonbattery,I have not found.

    p.s well maybe sociopaths

  17. James says:

    @Beef– I totally agree. Why isn’t Romney speaking the miners and telling them how he can save their jobs? This seems like such a no-brainer.

  18. Winston Smith says:

    Eveyone needs to bombard the Romney campaign site with such suggestions. One would think going to coal mining towns would be a no brainer but Romney has too much flunkies with no clue about average people. Just having the coal miners stay home and not vote for Obama is not good enough he needs to get them to vote for him.

  19. Cameraman says:

    How could Human Beings such as Democrats & Liberals not realise how Insane Obama”s Energy Policy against the Companies that provide 50% of our Power Is? ARE They Really that Stupid! Maybe they are all alien Rat People in human disguise? How Phucken stupid They Are! Asshats!

  20. geeknerd says:

    Hey, UAW, AFL-CIO, SEUI, et cetera ad nauseum,

    The Left will throw YOU under the bus, too, if it’ll give them more Power.

  21. Eric says:

    I’m sure Romney-camp is well aware how he could go to the coal/gas areas and promise jobs, but the votes he would lose in moonbatvilles would more than override the gains in flyover country.

    The problem isn’t the policies/politics of the “right” it’s the lack of backbone in the RINO establishment to actually step out of the middle and take back the country with the support of the silent majority.

    This is the whole basis of the Tea Party growth. Don’t look for any big take-back quickly, it takes time to over-run the established system. Take heart though, big gains were made in 2010, and more will be made in 2012.

    I know it seems simple to US, but it just can’t happen that easily, and some people will never give up fighting what is in their own best interest.

  22. whistler says:

    An entire 150 workers? Wow that’s a lot.

    I’m not to good at math. Is 150 more or less than the 25,000 jobs that have been lost since the implementation of “mountaintop removal” mining procedure in the 1970’s?

    Coal production has been rising steadily since the late 70’s, the total number of coal miners has been falling the entire same period.

    Dynamite is cheap, men are expensive. Eliminate the EPA and the long term effect would be negligible. Considering how many people are required to fill out paperwork for industries (like coal) that interact closely with a government bureaucracy (like the EPA) it might cost a lot of jobs in total.

    I know everyone want to get the government off their back and tear down the bureaucracy, ect.ect. but I worry what where we would go from there? Bureaucratic compliance employs tens of millions of accountants, safety inspectors, paralegals, filing clerks, data enterers and other white collar types. This is just in the private sector. Compliance enforcement is another few million more government jobs.

    Cut out the bureaucracy and tens of millions will be left without a job and with job skills that are obsolete.

    I wonder how that would work out.

  23. Joe says:

    I wonder how many of these coal miners have a wife that’s sick, and now they’re going to lose their health insurnce, so their wife will die and IT WILL BE ODUMBASS’S FAULT. How’s that sound?

  24. M.Wilson says:

    Whistler: Some jobs are more productive than others. “Wasteful bureaucracy creates jobs by creating demand for people able to circumvent it” is an example of the Broken Window Fallacy.

    If you break a window, sure you just created a job for the windowmaker to replace it, but no wealth was created, and immense opportunity costs are incurred because the money given to the windowmaker could have been spent on something else.

    A simple way to put it is “If everyone was drafted in the Army and Fleet, we’d have full employment. And nothing to eat.”

  25. whistler says:

    I know and accept the validity of the broken window fallacy. I know some jobs are more productive than others. But it still leaves the question unanswered: when the bureaucracy falls how much social upheval are we looking at?

    I still question the idea that if everything got efficient everyone would benefit. Technology has had a inexorable trend of allowing a smaller number of people provide for a larger number. Agriculture, for example is an improvement over hunting/gathering that allows a single person to provide food for a very large number of people.

    Is it not inevitable that technology is pointing toward a future where a very small number of people can provide everything for 100% of people. I believe their are upward limits on personal consumption. A rather small percentage of people provide the entirety of America’s necessities and entertainment and they have been desperately been trying push our consumption to new thresholds with jumbo sized meals and a constant media inundation. Even luxury in non-consumables must have an upper limit. A world where the highways are clogged with stretch Ferraris and everyone is dressed like French kings is horrible in its own special way.

    It sounds a bit crazy but Wal-Mart and China are really efficient. They’re the result technological development and refinement of efficiency and they sponge up jobs like crazy (locally and internationally, respectively).

    If we somehow manage to out-efficient China and do 1,000,000 jobs with 900,000 people that’s just 1,000,000 Chinese out of the producing class and a challenge to them to do it with 800,000 people and technological progress says they eventually will. (I know I didn’t factor in that the average Chinese worker makes $350-$400 p/m and lives in a workers “campus” 6 to a room.)

    Technology and efficiency just chugs forward. Obummer’s bass ackward governing can slow it slightly and conservatives help efficiency along but it’s not in the hands of any political party or ideology. The movement is inevitable.

    This kind of thing worries me sometimes.

  26. Yuri says:

    This ain’t nothin’ compared to what’s coming with “Cap & Trade” (minus the “Trade”) Regulation from EPA next year.

    And if you think Romney will put a stop to it, I have a bridge to sell you.

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