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Even House Democrats Vote To Stop Obama’s War On Coal

- September 21, 2012

 

TODAY, HOUSE DEMOCRATS CROSSED PARTY LINES IN EFFORTS TO STOP OBAMA’S ALL OUT ASSAULT ON THE COAL INDUSTRY

Today, 19 Democrats Joined 233 Republicans In Support Of H.R. 3409, “Stop The War On Coal Act of 2012 .” “The House approved a bill Friday morning that would significantly deregulate the coal industry, in a vote that was the last legislative act of the House before the November election. The Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409, was approved in a 233-175 vote, although as usual, the bill many Democrats described as anti-environmental still found some Democratic support — 19 Democrats voted for it.” (Pete Kasperowicz and Ben Geman, “House Approves Coal Regulation Bill In Last Act Before Election,” The Hill, 9/21/12)

  • In Addition To Saving Industry Jobs, The House Bill To Stop The War On Coal “Would Reduce Federal Spending By An Estimated $245 Million Over Five Years.” “A GOP bill headed for House passage that blocks greenhouse gas regulations would reduce federal spending by an estimated $245 million over five years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.” (Ben Geman, “CBO: Nixing Climate Regulations Would Cut Spending By $245 Million,” The Hill, 9/19/12)

Obama “Strongly Opposes H.R. 3409…” “The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 3409, which packages together a number of harmful measures that would undermine landmark environmental laws and adversely affect public health, the economy, and the environment.” (Statement Of Administration Policy, H.R. 3409 – Coal Miner Employment And Domestic Energy Infrastructure Act, The White House, 9/19/12)

  • “If The President Is Presented With This Legislation, His Senior Advisors Would Recommend That He Veto The Bill.” (Statement Of Administration Policy, H.R. 3409 – Coal Miner Employment And Domestic Energy Infrastructure Act, The White House, 9/19/12)

TODAY IS NOT THE FIRST TIME DEMOCRATS HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST OBAMA’S WAR ON COAL

In His Latest Campaign Ad, Gov. Early Ray Tomblin (D-WV) Aims To Distance Himself From Obama Saying “I Fought The Obama Administration’s War On Coal. I Took Them To Court, And We Won.” “I grew up just across the tracks, here in Chapmanville. We only have 2 stoplights, but like most West Virginians, we’re proud, hardworking people. Growing up, I learned that coal has helped towns like ours survive. Since the day I became governor, I fought the Obama administration’s war on coal. I took them to court, and we won. I won’t let anyone push us around.” (“Coal Town,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, 9/10/12)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): “This EPA Is Fully Engaging In A War On Coal, Even Though This Country Will Continue To Rely On Coal As An Affordable, Stable And Abundant Energy Source For Decades To Come.” (“Sen. Manchin: EPA Fully Engaged In A War On Coal,” The Herald-Dispatch, 3/27/12)

  • Manchin: “This Is What Happens When This Country Doesn’t Have A True All-Of The-Above Energy Approach. Instead Of Trying To Completely Eliminate Coal In The Long-Term, The EPA Should Be Trying To Work With Industry.” (“Sen. Manchin: EPA Fully Engaged In A War On Coal,” The Herald-Dispatch, 3/27/12)

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) Declares Obama’s EPA Has “Brazenly Misused And Abused Its Regulatory Powers To Put A Stranglehold On Coal Mine Permitting.” RAHALL: “The EPA has run roughshod over my State and others in Central Appalachia to impose its own ideological agenda. It usurped the legal authorities of other Federal agencies. It brazenly misused and abused its regulatory powers to put a stranglehold on coal mine permitting in these States.” (Press Release, “Rahall Legislation Approved By House As Part Of The ‘Stop The War On Coal Act,’” Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV), 9/21/12)

OBAMA IS MAKING GOOD ON PROMISE TO BANKRUPT COAL

While Campaigning For President In 2008, Barack Obama Said That His Cap-And-Trade Program Would Bankrupt Coal-Powered Plants. OBAMA: “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Interview With The San Francisco Chronicle’s Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/17/08)

The Wall Street Journal: “For Three Years The Environmental Protection Agency Has Imposed A De Facto Ban On New Coal-Fired Power While Doing Everything It Can To Harm Existing Coal Plants.” (Editorial, “Killing Coal,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/5/12)

According To The American Coalition For Clean Coal Electricity, 204 Coal Units Representing 31,000 Megawatts Of Electric Generating Capacity Will Be Closed Nationally As A Result Of EPA Regulations. “The new analysis released today by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) shows 204 closing coal units nationally are spread across 25 states and represent 31,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity. The national closures are equivalent to shutting down the entire electricity supply of Ohio. So far, the total number of retirements nationwide is triple the amount of retirements that the EPA had predicted would be caused by its regulations.” (“New ACCCE Analysis Shows EPA Rules To Shot Down 30 Coal Units In Ohio,” Business Wire, 9/18/12)

  • ACCCE CEO Mike Duncan: “EPA Continues To Ignore The Damage That Its New Regulations Are Causing To The U.S. Economy And To States That Depend On Coal For Jobs And Affordable Electricity.” (Evan Weese, “30 Coal-Fired Power Plants In Ohio Threatened, Industry Charges,” Columbus Business First , 9/19/12)

Under Obama, 111 Coal Power Plants Closed From 2009-2012 . “But in the past two years, an increasing number of coal-powered electricity plants across the country have announced closures. Estimates vary, but banking and industry analysis firm Credit Suisse put expected and known closures for 2009-2012 at 111 plants, that’s one-fifth of the nation’s nearly 500 coal plants.” (Lisa Desjardins, “The War Over Coal Is Personal,” CNN, 7/19/12)

The Energy Information Administration Expects 175 Coal-Fired Generators To Retire Between 2012 And 2016. “Plant owners and operators report to EIA that they expect to retire almost 27 gigawatts (GW) of capacity from 175 coal-fired generators between 2012 and 2016. In 2011, there were 1,387 coal-fired generators in the United States, totaling almost 318 GW. The 27 GW of retiring capacity amounts to 8.5% of total 2011 coal-fired capacity.” (“27 Gigawatts Of Coal-Fired Capacity To Retire over The Next Five Years,” Energy Information Administration, 7/27/12)

  • EIA: “Coal-Fired Capacity Retirements Expected To Occur in 2012 Will Likely Be The Largest One-Year Amount In The Nation’s History.” ”The coal-fired capacity expected to be retired over the next five years is more than four times greater than retirements performed during the preceding five-year period (6.5 GW). Moreover, based on EIA data, the approximate 9 GW of coal-fired capacity retirements expected to occur in 2012 will likely be the largest one-year amount in the nation’s history.” (“27 Gigawatts Of Coal-Fired Capacity To Retire over The Next Five Years,” Energy Information Administration, 7/27/12)

OBAMA KNOWS HE IS TAKING AWAY GOOD JOBS FROM HARD-WORKING AMERICANS

Obama: “For Decades, The Coal Industry Has Supported Quality High-Paying Jobs For American Workers…” OBAMA: “For decades, the coal industry has supported quality high-paying jobs for American workers, and coal has provided an important domestic source of reliable, affordable energy. … Charting a path toward clean coal is essential to achieving my Administration’s goals of providing clean energy, supporting American jobs, and reducing emissions of carbon pollution.” (President Barack Obama, “Presidential Memorandum—A Comprehensive Federal Strategy On Carbon Capture And Storage,” White House, 2/3/10)

EPA Regulations Are Estimated To Cut Total Coal Employment By 1.4 Million Job-Years Between 2011 And 2020. “An estimated 60,000 Americans work in coal-fired power plants. These are high-productivity jobs because the employees work with large amounts of capital. Electricity generated by coal takes just 0.18 employees per megawatt of plant capacity. Coal-fired power plant jobs pay high wages because their employees are skilled. Yet new EPA regulations are estimated to cut total coal employment by 1.4 million job-years between 2011 and 2020.” (Andrew P. Morriss, “EPA Foolishly Seeks To Destroy Nation’s Coal Industry,” McClatchy DC, 8/2/12)

United Mineworkers Spokesman Estimates “Coal Mining Companies Have Laid Off 3,000 or 4,000 People This Year” And Whatever Their Next Job Is “Will Pay Half Or Less Than What They Were Getting.” “‘It’s never a good day when workers are laid off,’ said United Mineworkers spokesman Phil Smith, who added that none of the Alpha layoffs affected union members. ‘These are the best paying jobs in their communities and whatever these people find will pay half or less than what they were getting.’ Smith estimated that coal mining companies have laid off 3,000 or 4,000 people this year.” (Steven Mufson, “Alpha Natural Resources Closing Eight Mines, Cutting Hundreds Of Jobs,” The Washington Post , 9/18/12)

  • According To The National Mining Association, A Typical Coal Miner In The United States Earns $73,000 A Year. “Third, the coal industry is a significant source of jobs. The typical coal miner earns $73,000 a year, says the National Mining Association, which represents the mining industry in Washington.” (Andrew P. Morriss, “EPA Foolishly Seeks To Destroy Nation’s Coal Industry,” McClatchy DC, 8/2/12)

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