Skip to comments.Counting on Coal Country
Posted on 10/08/2012 4:23:25 PM PDT by neverdem
Romney fights for jobs -- and votes -- in an industry at war with Obamas EPA.
Nearly four thousand people turned out Friday in Abingdon, Virginia, to hear Mitt Romney declare his support for the coal industry, which has been besieged for more than three years by President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency...
For a Democratic president so closely allied with the labor movement, Obama's abandonment of the mine workers is stunning, considering that the head of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, began his career with the UMW.
Even as the EPA's regulatory squeeze of power plants has had the effect of reducing demand for coal, Jackson's agency has suppressed the supply by enacting new clean-water rules that have brought permitting for new surface-mining operations to a screeching halt in Appalachia. As a result, since Obama took office, coal production has fallen by a third, eliminating hundreds(?) of jobs, most recently when Alpha Natural Resources announced it would be forced to lay off 1,200 miners. While stimulus money was squandered on bankrupt "green energy" boondoggles like Solyndra, Obama's anti-coal agenda has destroyed private-sector jobs that were the very definition of "shovel ready."
Obama might shrug off the economic hardship his policies have imposed on those small-town workers he once dismissed as "bitter," clinging to "guns or religion," but perhaps the one job most endangered by the president's war on coal is his own.
Folks in America's coal towns have not yet lost hope, even as they have been betrayed by the president who famously promised Hope. The end of Obama's war on coal may now be within sight, and the people of Coal Country could cast the deciding votes to end it.
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Thousands. The number is over now over 3,000 in Southwest Virginia alone.
Coal and shale is changing the vote in PA. If we could only turn of the electricity to Philadelphia to make the hood vote realize where energy comes from.
The Philly stats are overwhelming. He needs Philly County and Pittsburg...and that’s about it.
Romney is going to carry Pa. Coal country is going to vote for him in greater numbers than for any GOP candidate ever. He is going to carry the Philly suburbs—unlike McCain or GWB—and he is going to carry rural Pa with a higher turnout than ever seen before. He will increase his percentage of the Philly vote to the largest share since GHWB took Pa in 1988. Lok for Romney to win nearly 51% of the Pa. vote. That will bury the Kenyan for good.
Ill-Annoy used to be coal country, but we have sequestered it along with Conservatives holding public office. No Mitt bump in Ill-Annoy coal country that I can tell from suburbia.
I agree and Ohio and West Virginia are right there also
Will Obama’s shutting down of coal fire plants also help drive Democrats to Romney? Shutting down both the power plants and the mining lead to lay offs AND higher energy prices.
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I sure hope you’re right — but, the black/hispanic votes in Philly, York, and Harrisburg are devastating. In the latter two cities, there is barely a square inch of civilized territory remaining. They will definitely go for Obama.
I live in WV, Obama will not win here.
They think electricity comes from a wall with a socket in it!
Seems to me that in PA, like Chicago, it takes at least 55% for a Repub to win a statewide contest.
Do not succumb to negative thinking. Many of those animals will never darken the door of a polling station. Romney is going to win Pa. Obama is in deep trouble.
Several times a week I drive through the extremely liberal sections of Philadelphia - Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, and Germantown. Lots of college professor types, assorted weirdos and homosexuals (most of whom are White) as well as more mainstream working African Americans. Mt. Airy and Germantown are primarily Black with the fruits and nuts thrown in, while Chestnut Hill is primarily white. In 2008, lawns and windows were wallpapered with Obama signs. I’d never seen anything like it. This year, there are less Dem signs than you’d see in a normal presidential election year for this liberal area. The silence is astounding. There is NO WAY the African Americans will turn out for Obama in the same numbers they did last time. I’m pretty sure that Obama is going to lose the suburbs this time. There are far , far more Romney and anti-Obama yard signs than pro-Obama signs. THis is a huge departure from the last few presidential elections where things were either tie or advantage Dems.
Electricity magically appears whenever I need it. Who cares where it comes from? /obamavoter
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I wish I could also deliver Ohio but we have the “mistake on the lake” (Cleveland) that sways us blue; like Gary Indiana pulls Indiana and Chicago jerks the otherwise bucolic Illinois.
But people have to KNOW the dastardly deeds O is pulling. Media will not report
I thought all the Congressmen from southeastern Ohio were R’s. Yes, if there is a D in office, he will lose, despite O firing up the atomic plant (temporarily) again. The old political football.
Ted Strickland had some appeal to them but then he ran for Governor (and got beat by Kasich and wants a come back).
You are absolutely correct. Last week, a friend of ours who is black approached my wife and asked her where she could get a Mitt Romney sign for her yard. She voted for Obama four years ago, but not this time. Her comment was, "I gave the brother a chance four years ago, but not this time."
Most don’t see it, though. The full effects of the war on coal by the EPA haven’t percolated through the system yet, so most of the sheeple are unaware of just how extreme and costly what this Administration has done will really be.
This is really good news.
Nobody ever expected that ethnic Catholic Democrats in the auto unions in suburban Detroit would vote for Reagan, either. The secular liberals learned the hard way that social issues like abortion can upset the apple cart of classical Marxist and socialist economic theories. People sometimes vote according to things which are more important to them than economics.
When economics and social issues combine, the rejection of traditional political alignments can be even more powerful.
Depends on how good his ministry of propaganda lectures people on environmentalism. I’ve “debated” with several people who seem to think that switching to “green energy”, even if it works, will be an easy process with absolutely no bumps.
Combine hate Whitey and Jacksonian Democrats. They don't mix very well.
"This radical environmentalist policy enraged Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers, who said that the regulations represent a 'decision by the EPA that we're never going to have another coal-fired facility in the United States that's constructed.'"
They have be deaf, dumb, blind or declared mentally incompetent. It's not confined to coal or the other so called fossil fuels. This isn't some abstract notion of labor's solidarity. It's not just the worker's but the family members as well and how are they going to pay for food on the table and the roof over their heads!