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Utah Coal Mine Lays Off 102 Workers Over Obama "War on Coal"

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In January 2008, Barack Obama promised that his energy and regulatory policies would "necessarily bankrupt" coal plants. Consider this the next step towards fulfilling his campaign pledge. Over 100 coal miners in Utah got pink slips late yesterday

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Cam V (417)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:12 pm
The layoffs at the West Ridge Mine are effective immediately, according to UtahAmerican Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. They were announced in a short statement made public Thursday, two days after Obama won re-election.

The layoffs are necessary because of the president’s “war on coal,” the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

In its statement, UtahAmerican Energy blames the Obama administration for instituting policies that will close down “204 American coal-fired power plants by 2014″ and for drastically reducing the market for coal.

“There is nowhere to sell our coal, and when we can, the market prices are far lower,” the statement said. “Without markets, there can be no coal mines and no coal jobs.”

It’s not just the regulatory policies in play here. The sudden discovery of vast amounts of natural gas and the relative ease in accessing it has made the cleaner fuel more cost-effective. That’s good news for both consumers and environmentalists … except that the latter wants to cut off access to natural gas as well. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is commonly known, which has been in use for decades, has suddenly become the latest cause du jour. Obama’s EPA has tried to block fracking as much as it can, and we can expect the EPA to become bolder in this regard over the next four years.

We may well find ourselves in an energy decline within a short period of time if more coal operators choose to scale down or close altogether, while the Obama administration keeps attacking natural-gas extraction. Be prepared for energy bills to “skyrocket,” as Obama also promised during that same interview.

Roseann d (178)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:13 pm
Green energy fields are hiring.

Roseann d (178)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:15 pm
I guess it's time take away from the a-hole who is unwilling to work. I guess he can mine his own coal.

Cam V (417)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:23 pm
Green energy fields are going broke Roseann. They are unsustainable and these are good union jobs that were lost. Sadly much more of this to come. A sad day for America indeed.

Kathy B (106)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:51 pm
You are too entrenched in what the right wing would like you to believe Cam, expand your horizons, read some real news for a change. Natural gas has become cheaper than coal - that's the real 'war on coal'.

What there is a war on is green energy. If they received anywhere close to the amount of federal welfare that gas, oil and coal do they would be more than sustainable - and much better for YOUR HEALTH & THE HEALTH OF YOUR CHILDREN.

Julie P (154)
Friday November 9, 2012, 6:49 pm
"Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal"

"Each stage in the life cycle of coal—extraction, transport, processing, and combustion—generates a waste stream and carries multiple hazards for health and the environment. These costs are external to the coal industry and are thus often considered “externalities.”We estimate that the life cycle effects of coal and the waste stream generated are costing the U.S. public a third to over one-half of a trillion dollars annually."

Gloria picchetti (304)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 4:43 am
Coal kills us all every minute of every day. The coal miners should be making or installing solar panels & wind turbines.

jan b (5)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 5:25 am
Some people ignore things which will involve some cost or inconvenience or jobs LETS REVIEW---. England no longer burns the soft sulfuric coal that poisoned the lungs of Londoners in the Great Smog of the 1950's which killed around 4,000 people in five days . Though the toxins may be gone, the carbon dioxide emitted in Britain and everywhere else in the 1950s remains in our atmosphere today.

. (0)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 10:33 am
Green energy fields aren't going broke. They can't compete as is with the cheap, subsidized solar panels from the PRC. Nano technology is the future and solar needs to get on board. Once we do that we are ahead in the game. Cleanup jobs in the green industry could be created to replace those jobs as well as in manufacturing and assembly.
No market for coal? Hardly; the PRC would love to get their hands on this just as they did in BC. They came and developed mines; brought in modern equipment; brought in Chinese workers who were trained on this new equipment which they claimed Canadian workers weren't. They get cheap resources; jobs for Chinese workers in Canada and at home; no training or employment for Canadians; huge possible clean up bill that we the taxpayer will foot as usual.
You do remember the PRC; the folks that Iowa wanted to sell a 50 square mile tract of land to back in 2011? Of course it would be filled with Chinese workers who pay no taxes into US coffers; provide cheap resources from the Tar Sands and access to coal and bitumen in Utah, Wyoming and Montana. It would be a gateway to the Alberta Tar Sands; the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River and the Gulf. It would have been a sovereign PRC foothold in America not subject to environmental laws. Guess who gets stuck with the cleanup bill? Wake up everyone. We are being invaded but it isn't illegal Mexicans coming to pick our fruits and vegetables. They after all are Americans just as Canadians are. It's time we all realized that the Americas are ONE and its people should be one with equal stature and rights!

Roger G (154)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:55 pm
noted, thanks !

Cam V (417)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:08 pm
Yes they are. Bankrupt in fact and more to come. There is such a thing today as burning coal cleanly. It can and is done. If you want to be energy independent this kind of thing will not help at all. It is CERTAINLY not going to help your economy.
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