Skip to comments.House passes measure to stop Obama’s war on coal
Posted on 09/21/2012 3:29:59 PM PDT by tobyhill
The House on Friday passed a package of bills to ease Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations against the coal industry, an issue Republicans are banking on to attract voters who will bear the brunt of increased electricity rates as a result of the Obama administration rules.
The Republican measure passed on a vote of 233 to 175 with 19 Democrats voting to support it, and 13 Republicans voting no.
Since taking office, the Obama administration has waged a multi-front war on coal, on coal jobs, on the small businesses in the mining supply chain, and on the low-cost energy that millions of Americans rely upon, said Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.
An estimated 2,000 jobs have been lost in the coal industry this year, with another 10,000 layoffs in direct and related jobs expecting in coming months. This week, Alpha Natural Resources announced they were closing eight mines and cutting 1,200 jobs, citing aggressive regulations as the reason for the companys failure. The coal industry estimates its labor force at 135,000.
President Obamas war on coal is real, Hastings said. The lost jobs are already happening and thousands more are at risk. Americans energy costs are already too high, and the war on coal will drive them higher.
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I don’t think it will survive in the current Senate.
The Senate is about adjourn
Hopefully now we can return coal to it’s proper bad-boy status as a lump in the Christmas stocking.
What the hell? Why do I have to spend more than 20 minutes finding the roll call?
All Romney has to do is say that within 24 hours after taking the oath, he will sign an executive order to force the EPA to stand down on the Coal Industry, open the Keystone Pipeline, open up Alaska, etc.
It’s too bad that Republicans have no real understanding of Obama’s so-called war on coal. While Obama fights coal in the Eastern part of the country, he subsidizes and facilitates coal mining in western states, opening up new coal fields in Wyoming that multiply the amount of coal leases exponentially.
The western coal is all on federally leased land, owned by Indian tribes and is intended to be shipped out to China. Obama made a deal with Richard Trumka (former chief thug of the United Mine Workers) to fight coal in the east and push it in the west, two mollify the coal unions. Obama is facilitating the subsidizing of coal carrying railroads, which are struggling in the east, but are in line to benefit from the western sub-bituminous coal.
Republicans cannot buy union votes, it won’t work.
Harry won’t bring it to a vote. He never does..... Anything the House passes and sends over is dead on arrival.
I wanna know who the 13 turncoats are....
Harry Reid's already said it won't come up for a vote till after the election. I agree with the sentiment -- but sentiment is all it is.
I guess I’ll need to find out who the Republicans were that voted against this. They need to be replaced along with the Dems voting no and the Democrat Senate.
“Americans energy costs are already too high”
As much as it pisses the big government coal socialists off, not if you use NATURAL GAS.
Even if the Senate passed it and Obama signed it, there’s no way in hell Obama would honor or enforce it. The Constitution and duly enacted laws are for little people. Barry transcends minor annoyances like those.
For 30 years, EPA regs have forced utilities to switch to low-sulfur subbituminous coal. This is a long-term trend spanning many presidents.
I'm gonna hold my nose and vote for Romney, but let's be realistic here. He is no more going to reverse any of Obama's illegal EOs than Bush did after Clinton. Republicans don't do that. The Dems are stupid on one count. They don't realize that even if they lose, they still win. We never get back the liberties the Dems steal.
That is true that it has been a long term trend, but this goes beyond forcing coal fired power plants in this country to shift to sub-bituminous. This is a move to ship the sub-bituminous coal to China, rather than burn it here, which requires new coal terminals along the coasts of Oregon and WA, because part of Obama’s over all agenda is to shift the center of trade away from the Mississippi to the west coast and do it all by rail.
Obama thinks that he can please the environmentalists as well as the union workers with this strategy. The only problem is that WA and Oregon don’t want giant coal terminals and endless coal trains along their coasts.
Doc Hastings is an idiot. WA State only had one coal powered electric plant and that has already been scheduled for shut down. WA has more clean hydro power than we can use and residents here are fighting the coal trains that Obama is pushing to move coal from Wyoming to the west coast for shipment to China.
WA residents don’t want their towns turned into coal towns. Obama is subsidizing Warren Buffet’s coal trains in WA state and Goldman Sachs is backing the proposed terminals.
I worked in a coal plant near Rock Springs, WY in the early '70s. Those unit trains are huge. It would be horrible to have dozens of those passing through OR and WA every day on the way to the coast.
You can cut the irony with a knife...Obama shuts down scores of coal plants in the US and won't build the Keystone pipeline, but those same resources could be shipped to China. That makes us nothing but a Chinese colony.
This is quite surprising given the enormous abundance of coal in China.
No the greens are up in arms about the Obama betrayal on the coal, but the vote Democrat , no matter what. The Republicans in this state could win if they would confront the Democrats with their hypocrisy. Maria Cantwell arranged for SSA/Goldman Sachs to build the receiving coal terminal in China before it had even been announced that they wanted to build a coal terminal here. They have convinced the Republicans that the unions will vote with the Republicans if they support the coal, but that is just a big lie. The unions even sent out pictures of the Republicans sitting on a stage with the union officials, laughing at the Republicans. They think it’s funny that the Republicans and the Libertarians are so stupid.
The Libertarians call the construction of the terminal a private property issue, corporate private property, that is. LOL ! We have a very odd make-up of Republicans in in my county, including members of the SEIU and teachers union, who claim to be conservative, but will fight for the unions every time,claiming to be Libertariian Republicans, who support legalized marijuana and small government, oh and Ron Paul.
On topof all that, they have turned the problem of coal dust from the trains and the terminal over to the EPA, which does not monitor coal dust.
This cartoon is in our local paper today, http://www.bellinghamherald.com/opinion/#navlink=navbar
The politics of Obama’s coal policy are amazingly complicated because much of what he is doing is through crony partners like the Carlyle Group and Goldman Sachs. Then there is the fact that the Carlyle Group gets 25% of its funding from public union pension funds in California and NY, and then Obama gets the EPA to waive the regulations for his crony partners.
The Obama links to the sub-bituminous coal go much deeper than what I have explained. First the coal in the Powder River Basin is on federally leased land mostly owned by the Crowe tribe, who have been fighting the government for a larger share of the profits for years.
The PRB coal is mostly carried by BNSF, owned by Warren Buffet, but the lines in Oregon are owned by the Wyoming-Genessee RR, who was in financial trouble because of the EPA regulations that were shutting down the coal and subsequently, the Wyoming-Genesse RR lines in the N.E. So, Obama sent the Carlyle Group into the rescue with $800 million dollars that they didn’t have.
Then there is the ILWU, the openly communist longshoremen’s union that will operate the coal terminals in WA and Oregon. The ILWU is not only openly communist, but was closely aligned with the OWS violence in Oakland and earlier violence in Longview, WA. But that isn’t the limit of the Obama ties to the ILWU. The ILWU owned the newspaper in Hawaii that they had purchased to run a propaganda campaign for the Hawaii Separatist Movement. They hired Frank Marshall Davis as the editor. So, FMD, Obama’s mentor, was employed by the ILWU, who will operate the coal terminals both in WA and Oregon and China.
Then we have Goldman Sachs which is really the deep pockets behind the coal terminal in WA. and Peabody coal, which has been receiving favored treatment from the Obama administration and last of all we have Richard Trumka, as the former head of the United Mine workers all working with Obama to ship PRB coal to China, who doesn’t want it anymore.
China told people here at a sales meeting that the Chinese market for US sub-bituminous coal was extremely time limited, 3.5 years at the outside, we are two years into this coal battle, that leaves 1.5 years left for the Chinese to buy the coal, and coal terminal, if built is about five years out.