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Obama’s War On Coal Continues To Hurt Workers

- September 17, 2012

UNDER OBAMA, PATRIOT COAL HAS FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY AND IS NOW LAYING OFF HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES

Announced Just Last Week, Patriot Coal Will Lay Off 250 Employees And Contractors At Three Mines In Central Appalachia. "Patriot Coal Corp., the coal producer that filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, is making additional production cuts at three mines in Central Appalachia and laying off 250 employees and contractors." (Jeffrey Tomich, "Bankrupt Patriot Coal Cuts More Output, Jobs," St. Louis Post-Dispatch , 9/14/12)

Earlier This Year, Patriot Coal Filed For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. "Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE: PCX), a producer and marketer of coal products in the eastern United States, announced today that Patriot and substantially all of its wholly owned subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. " (Press Release, "Patriot Coal Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization To Improve The Company's Long-Term Prospects," Patriot Coal, 7/9/12)

  • Coal Industry And Patriot's Business Outlook Has Been Impacted By "Challenging Environmental Regulations Affecting The Cost Of Producing And Using Coal." "Patriot's business outlook has been impacted by a number of challenges that are affecting the coal industry, including reductions in U.S. thermal coal demand due to competition from low priced natural gas, challenging environmental regulations affecting the cost of producing and using coal, and weaker international and domestic economies." (Press Release, "Patriot Coal Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization To Improve The Company's Long-Term Prospects,"Patriot Coal, 7/9/12)

DEMOCRATS DENOUNCE OBAMA FOR HIS ALL-OUT ASSAULT ON COAL

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV): "I grew up just across the tracks, here in Chapmanville. We only have two 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." (Tomblin For Governor 2012, " Coal Town," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, 9/10/12)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Points Out That Obama's EPA And Their War On Coal "Is Acting Outside Its Authority." "The CSAPR is just part of the Obama administration's diversified war on coal. Using the EPA, Obama also has used other air pollution regulations, as well as rejection of surface mining permits and a plan to regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste. On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled the EPA exceeded its authority with the CSAPR. As Sen. Joe Manchin pointed out, the Tuesday decision marked the fourth time in four consecutive federal court rulings that the EPA has lost cases involving its war against coal. 'The EPA has been told time and time again that it is acting outside its authority,' the senator pointed out." (Editorial, "Obama Won't Heed Rulings," The Intelligencer/ Wheeling News-Register , 8/26/12)

Virginia State Sen. Phillip Puckett (D-Lebanon): 'It's Very Clear To Me That The Administration Does Not Support The Coal Industry In A Way That's Beneficial To Our Area. So, I Don't Plan To Support President Obama For Re-Election.' (George Jackson, "VA Sen. Phillip Puckett Says He Will Not Support Obama In 2012," WJHL , 9/22/11)

  • Puckett: "He Doesn't Listen To Me, And Quite Frankly He Wasn't My Choice For The Democratic Nomination." (George Jackson, "VA Sen. Phillip Puckett Says He Will Not Support Obama In 2012," WJHL , 9/22/11)

OBAMA'S WAR ON COAL IS HURTING ENERGY PRODUCTION

According To The Electric Power Research Institute, One In Five Coal Plants May Be Too Costly To Retrofit With The Required Pollution Control Technology. "Across the nation, one in five coal power plants may be too costly to retrofit to reduce air pollutants such as mercury, according to the Electric Power Research Institute." (David Shaffer, "Minnesota Ponders Fate Of Aging Coal-Burning Power Plants," Star Tribune , 8/8/12)

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 , 7/17/12)

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 , 9/16/12)

  • 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 , 9/16/12)

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