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Obama Sides with Whackos over Workers- Kills Another 3000 Jobs
Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2011 | John Ransom

Posted on 12/22/2011 5:18:01 AM PST by Kaslin

The EPA went last-minute Christmas shopping for votes this year to stick in their boss’, um… ballot-box shaped stocking. Once he realized his economic plans wouldn’t create jobs, Obama has been like an employment Typhoid Mary, killing jobs wherever he can in order to boost support from his whack-job supporters in the hopes for some votes, any votes.  

In a desperate bid to win back support of the enviro-whackos who have been critical of the Obama administration, the EPA issued a final ruling on MACT standards that will shutter up to 60 coal-fired power plants, costing an estimated 3000 jobs in the plants alone.

Merry Christmas!

A typical coal-fired plant employs an average of 54 workers.

The move was blasted by Congressman John Sullivan, Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee as the “EPA gone rogue.”

“Utility Mact is the most expensive rule EPA has ever written for power plants – its going to layoff American workers,” said Sullivan, “could shut down over 60 power plants all together and raise the price families pay to heat their homes this winter.  EPA has gone rouge – they are catering to radical left wing environmentalists instead of presenting a workable plan that protects the environment as well as American jobs.”

EPA said that by shutting down the plants, they’ll be preventing 17,000 deaths per year caused by polar bear cannibals, er, strike that…by pollution…yeah… pollution. Of course they provide little-to-no data to support the claim. Indeed, in one place the EPA revises the number downward to 4,200-11,000 global warming, er,...pollution deaths. With the many global crises going on, it’s hard to keep track of which crisis the Democrats are saving us from on any given day.   

The EPA trotted out the new death statistics in the spring after meeting opposition to the new MACT standards by those silly people who would like to keep their jobs and the rest of us who’d like to pay reasonable prices for electricity, presumably so that we can all keep our Chevy Volts going- 33 miles between a 12 hour charge!. You know? When we aren’t driving our Nat Gas powered Pelosi-mobiles.

Previously the EPA had argued hard for poor visibility as the driving force behind the new regulations. But that argument ran into a buzz saw of opposition called common sense, aka, the House Energy and Power Subcommittee.

Scott Segal, director of the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, told Power Engineering Magazine that the rule will cost more than just jobs and coal generation.

"It will increase the cost of power, undermining the international competitiveness of almost two dozen manufacturing industries," Segal said.

The Wall Street Journal estimates that the scheme will cost the industry $10 billion, which of course will be passed along to consumers.

Of course the consumers won’t be hit the worst. It’s the employees who are being told just a few days before Christmas that they will have to find new jobs, who are the ones that will pay for Obama’s electioneering.

But Obama’s already made it clear that if he has to pick between workers and his far-left base, he’s going with his base- at least until he can turn on them again; you know, like he did with Hispanics, Blacks, Unions and once-upon-a-time enviro-whackos?

Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America has recently blasted Obama for double dealing against American jobs on behalf of the enviro-whackos like he did on the Keystone Oil Pipeline. O’Sullivan represents pipefitters and others who would be employed on the Keystone project. 

“Environmentalists formed a circle around the White House and within days the Obama Administration chose to inflict a potentially fatal delay to a project that is not just a pipeline,” said O’Sullivan when Obama punted on the pipeline project to side with whackos over workers, “but is a lifeline for thousands of desperate working men and women. The Administration chose to support environmentalists over jobs – job-killers win, American workers lose. Environmental groups from the Natural Resources Defense Council to the Sierra Club may be dancing in the streets, having delayed and possibly stopped yet another project that would put men and women back to work. While they celebrate, pipeline workers will continue to lose their homes and livelihoods.”

Merry Christmas, Mr. Obama. You should be proud.

Still, the whack-job left remains skeptical of Obama largely because they have yet to see him confiscate your home, my home and all other homes with up-to-date mortgages. Remember: This is a group of people who think recycling is dropping “trou” in Zucotti Park. 

OWS groups have been “occupying” both Obama’s Iowa campaign headquarters and the headquarters of the Democrat National Committee to protest Obama’s sellout to Wall Street. 

While protests from the hard left continue, expect Obama to show he’s not a sellout by selling out to the radicals over American workers who not only install indoor plumbing for a living, but also know how to use it.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: envirowhackos; epa; jobskilling

1 posted on 12/22/2011 5:18:02 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

OK, I got a question... what if the companies just said “Screw you” and refused to comply?


2 posted on 12/22/2011 5:21:13 AM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Kaslin

This doesn’t obviously include support jobs for the power plants. Nor does it reflect how many miner’s will loose their job’s along with those companies supporting the coal industry. For every miner there are 7-10 jobs that will be affected.

Wonder how the trade unions feel about this?


3 posted on 12/22/2011 5:29:44 AM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: joe fonebone

The dept. Of just us will sue them into the next century.


4 posted on 12/22/2011 5:34:05 AM PST by muddler (Chaos is coming.)
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To: mmanager

The Unions are for the pipe line to be built


5 posted on 12/22/2011 5:36:08 AM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: joe fonebone
what if the companies just said “Screw you” and refused to comply?

With this bunch? Think Waco.

6 posted on 12/22/2011 5:38:48 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: mmanager

The union leaders are bigger commies than obama and want these shutdowns. The endgame is everybody being forced into a union from gummit decree.

Merry Christmas


7 posted on 12/22/2011 5:59:26 AM PST by bray (The Tea Party Occupy's their Mind)
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To: muddler

They will have to shut them down anyway. If you shut something down, there are lots of costs involved in doing this. You cannot just shut off the lights and lock the doors. So, if the government sues, let them take possession of the property. That way THEY have to incur the cost of shutting it down, and shutdown costs are substantial..... but while the lawsuit is going on, they are still producing and selling electricity...sounds like a win win to me ( note, I am not a lawyer, but I did sleep at a holiday inn express once ).


8 posted on 12/22/2011 6:12:34 AM PST by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Kaslin
At the rate it's going America will look like NorK-land in a few shorts years.


9 posted on 12/22/2011 6:24:44 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Look at that “Light Pollution” in South Korea!


10 posted on 12/22/2011 6:28:54 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: joe fonebone
OK, I got a question... what if the companies just said “Screw you” and refused to comply?

They would be "disappeared" under NDAA S. 1867. I'm not joking.

11 posted on 12/22/2011 6:30:05 AM PST by Roninf5-1
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Width = 400 > is your friend


12 posted on 12/22/2011 6:33:06 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: joe fonebone

Exactly. Go Rogue.


13 posted on 12/22/2011 6:35:13 AM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: bert

Sorry about that.


14 posted on 12/22/2011 6:38:16 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: joe fonebone

If you go Rogue, the story will hit the newswires wondering what all the hubbub is about. The resulting explanation will cause average people to wonder wtf??? does the EPA think it’s doing, and get sufficient push-back for them to stand down.


15 posted on 12/22/2011 6:40:56 AM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Kaslin
They are not catering to the environmentalists, the environmentalists are useful idiots for the energy conglomerates that want us to keep buying foreign fuel--like Soros of Petrobras. They just hire the whackos to destroy our own sources of energy, and destroy our economy...just destroyers and vampires...

Where do you think all the grants come from to hire people like Michael Mann at Penn State (home of the Bugger-me Lions) to cook up the fake numbers for the Al Gores?

16 posted on 12/22/2011 6:43:15 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Kaslin

Obviously, when he said he’d be focusing on jobs like a laser, he meant focusing on destroying them, not creating them.


17 posted on 12/22/2011 6:54:46 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Roninf5-1

They would lose their licensing and be fined Millions, if not Billions.

They would just have to close their doors, but also, their managers would face criminal charges these days and the cost to shut down would be handed off on the share holders or owners.

The EPA is as evil as the IRS and they are above the law and the Constitution.


18 posted on 12/22/2011 6:55:46 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

“They would lose their licensing and be fined Millions, if not Billions.”

And what happens if they still say “screw you?” Will they send in troops?


19 posted on 12/22/2011 6:59:59 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Control the media, you control its citizens.)
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To: knittnmom

You see, Obama has only been saying that, because the MSM and brain dead public never look into it. What ever they are told, is true you know. Even if the true opposite is so obvious, that the ones who have lost their jobs, are begging in the streets. Even they would believe what Obama says or the MSM tells them.

Obama’s popularity is on the way up again, because the MSM and the White house is feeding propaganda about how the economy is roaring, jobs HAVE come back, and Unemployment is now the lowest it has been since 2008 at 8.5%. The celebration has been unending. The King is not wearing pants!


20 posted on 12/22/2011 7:02:32 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: joe fonebone
"OK, I got a question... what if the companies just said “Screw you” and refused to comply?"

Well, my Town tried that approach about 30 years ago. For our efforts to "fight the EPA" we now have a mandatory Sewer fee for every residence/business that rises each year and makes our sewer rates so high that most fixed income Seniors can't afford to pay their water/sewer bill.

21 posted on 12/22/2011 7:04:13 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Kaslin
EPA has gone rouge

< facepalm >

22 posted on 12/22/2011 12:51:22 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

So there could be 75% unemployment and people would still believe the MSM over the evidence of their own eyes and experience? We would have to be as broken as those poor meat puppets in North Korea. Of course, that may well be their ultimate goal.


23 posted on 12/22/2011 3:25:14 PM PST by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
And what happens if they still say “screw you?” Will they send in troops?

I would wish that would be a Fort Sumter event. If the troops decide to support the Tyrants, then sic semper tyrannis and those who support them.

It is either going to come to this, or global slavery.

24 posted on 12/22/2011 3:44:39 PM PST by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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