Grab some body bags because Obama and the EPA storm-troopers have won another battle. PBS Coals Inc. and its affiliate, RoxCoal Inc., sent 225 workers packing Friday, dropping its workforce to 795 employees, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Lynn Shanks, the company’s CEO, pointed the finger at the EPA, “…the escalating costs and uncertainty generated by recently advanced EPA regulations and interpretations have created a challenging business climate for the entire coal industry.”
Isolated case? I’m afraid not.
Tragically, the Ohio Valley Coal Company, also announced that they too, were sending workers home — for good.
General Manager Ronald Koontz placed responsibility directly on Obama for conducting a “war on coal seeking to destroy the coal industry and the jobs of our own employees and the livelihoods of their families.” Koontz added, “Unfortunately, for us, this is just the beginning of workforce reductions.”
Mr. Koontz is correct about the war on coal. PBS Coal and Ohio Valley Coal aren’t the first plants crippled or destroyed by Obama and the EPA storm-troopers. As previously documented (Obama’ War On Energy / Disgraced EPA Soldier Resigns / Under My Plan…Electricity…Would Skyrocket), Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson have turned the EPA into perhaps the most confrontational, hostile and unforgiving of all government agencies.
Since taking power, Jackson has unleashed a continuous series of rules and regulations that are soft-sold to the public as “in their best interest” (that is the only sales pitch the EPA has), but are in fact designed to destroy the coal industry. The strategy is to either set regulations so ridiculously high that the majority of plants can’t meet them, or to make the regulations so ridiculously expensive that plants can’t afford them. Absurd? Think again. The EPA has actually set regulations where the technology needed to meet the guidelines isn’t available. Go figure. As gravy, they actually issue fines to industry for non-compliance (see Yet Another Reason Why Big Brother Isn’t Working).
In another sad example, last Friday the EPA announced it will “review” a new set of carbon capture technology regulations. Why? Because carbon capture technology hasn’t been developed commercially nor has it been proven financially feasible. Further, outraged critics charge, the standards set by EPA are impossible to meet with existing technology.
Are carbon capture non-compliance fines on the horizon? Perhaps, the EPA has done it before. But we are in an election year.
“Everyone knows that these regulations will bring about an economic disaster while yielding little environmental benefit,” said Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government. “With coal-producing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia likely to decide the presidential election, this delay smells like an attempt by the president to defer an economic and political disaster until after Election Day.”
You mean politics comes into play with environmental regulations? You betcha. Look at West Virginia as an example.
Initially thought to be a swing state in the 2012 election, many political professionals believe Obama has already lost W. Virginia because the EPA has ruined the coal industry there — and the lives of thousands and thousands of people that relied upon it.
There is bitterness, anger and pain within the population and as a result, the state flipped Obama the bird a long time ago. And recall in May, apparently as an exclamation point, the devastated population gave about 40% of their vote to a convicted felon rather than Obama during the state primary.
Even tyrants it seems, have to achieve a certain level of public-relations success.
And so we have Lisa Jackson, nothing more than a career bureaucrat, a life-long political groupie, that has been given the role to administer the EPA. But rather than strike a balance between environmental concerns and industry needs, she has decided that her quest for green is more important than the employment or energy needs of you and me.
What kind of a government issues regulations that are too rigid to meet or too expensive to implement, or that puts forth guidelines that can’t be met because the technology doesn’t exist?
We all know Obama wants to replace fossil with green. To make that happen he has assaulted the coal industry while pissing away obscene amounts of taxpayer money “investing” in Solyndra, Bright Source, Solar Trust of America, LSP Energy — all bankrupt.
But is that really a role for the federal government?
Is the federal government, based on the preferences of any given president, supposed to attack and destroy any given industry — and the livelihoods of citizens related to it — to make way for something new? Is the role of a president really supposed to be to change American society into his or her particular vision? Is America, in effect, supposed to have one political leader deciding what energy we use or what attitudes we have toward business? Is that really Obama’s job? He seems to think it is. How about you? Personally, I disagree intensely with Obama’s vision of the presidency. His is more akin to something you might see in the Middle East or in a third world nation run by a war-lord.
I’m not interested, nor will I ever be, in a president telling me how I’m supposed to think about this or feel about that. Nor am I interested in a president that intentionally hurts American society — and by extension, the lives of the citizens — because industry practices, immigration laws, entitlement requirements, social norms or the Constitution don’t happen to conform to his or her particular visions. Obama’s use of government is an insult to those that died defending this country. It is a perversion beyond respect put forth by a man with a deeply flawed and twisted political philosophy.
What happened to the consent of the governed? What happened to answering to the will of the people?
In the back rooms of Congress, Obama and Pelosi twisted arms and threatened careers to get Obama-care passed against the will of the people. He has taken it upon himself to decide what laws he will and won’t enforce. He has decided what you and I should and shouldn’t value. Obama attacks big business and energy daily. He has crippled industry and harmed American citizens. The closing of plants and the lay-off of workers are direct evidence.
Can you see him? Walking proudly through the smoldering smoke, boot deep in the wreckage, a smile on his face for a job well done. And then, to close out his day, he wipes his feet on the Constitution.
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