Appalachian Coal Miners Say EPA Rules Are Killing Their Jobs


By Judson Berger

September 15, 2010

Michael Fox can literally see where his job ends.

The 14-year veteran of the West Virginia coal mining industry is about a year and a half out from finishing his current project, and he can see the boundaries of the site. He doesn’t know whether there will be any work left for him after that, since a wave of environmental regulation has put his firm’s other permits on hold.

“Unless we can get a permit, we can’t extend the job no farther,” he said. “Right now, I don’t know if I can make it or not.”

Fox, who is married and has three kids, is among the hundreds of Appalachian miners who plan to rally in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in a bid to pressure the Obama administration to loosen restrictions on coal mining in their states. They say the rules amount to a de facto freeze on a chunk of the industry, jeopardizing jobs in one of the most economically depressed parts of the country.

Since last year, The Environmental Protection Agency has stepped up regulation on mountaintop coal mining across six Appalachian states because the explosives that are used to remove mountain surfaces send debris into rivers and streams, endangering the environment.

But with the stricter rules in place, the industry, which is considered the lifeblood of Appalachian towns, argues it’s under attack. Workers and advocacy groups that represent them say the rules unfairly target their region and require mining firms to meet unrealistic standards.

They say the hold-up threatens mining jobs, industry investment and small businesses in the region that rely on the salaries of well-paid miners to keep their economy humming.

“It’s causing the elimination of jobs across Appalachia,” said Bryan Brown, executive director of the Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security, or FACES of Coal. “At a time when the nation’s trying to get people back to work, it’s threatening to take people’s jobs away.”

FACES of Coal is joining with other industry groups for the rally outside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Brown said up to 2,000 people are expected to attend, as well as more than a dozen U.S. senators and representatives from the affected states. The bipartisan VIP list includes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.; Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.; Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; and Sen. Carte Goodwin, D-W.Va.

In a state like West Virginia, whose $37,500 median household income is well below the national average, coal mining is considered a dangerous-but-reliable career.

Fox, who lives in Gilbert, estimates that he pulls in about $70,000 a year as a heavy equipment operator. He owns a small apartment complex on the side that he rents out to visiting trail riders; he intended that to be a nest egg for his kids’ education. But without the mining job, he worries he won’t be able to afford to maintain that side business and, in turn, won’t be able to send his kids to college.

According to a study put out in May by Republicans on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, EPA regulations put one in every four coal jobs in the region at risk.


In a statement at the time, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the region should not have to choose between “a clean, healthy environment in which to raise their families and the jobs they need to support them.”

[T]he standard the EPA uses is “ludicrous” and almost impossible to meet.

“Perrier drinking water doesn’t meet that standard,” he said. “They’ve implemented it knowing that the industry can’t meet it.”



Livelihoods of Coal Miners at stake.

EPA worried more about “health” than coal miners having a JOB.

Is Obama “Nudging” the coal miners onto the entitlement roles a la Cloward-Piven?




Obama: My Plan Makes Electricity Rates Skyrocket

***This skyrocketing of electric bills…… includes the OBAMA VOTERS that though his HOPE and CHANGE were worth it****


Obama KNEW Cap and Trade wouldn’t pass so HE circumvented Congress with an Executive Order!

See chart of Obama circumventing Congress to PUSH HIS AGENDA at blue link below…..

Chart HERE


OBAMA says he is FOR the Middle Class?  Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst in Congress comes to mind HERE.



November 2, 2010 is coming…….




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  1. The impostor usurper is planning to make good on his word. This story needs to find it’s way to the MSM . . . we need to push this thing to a head.

    Coal Miners need to scream bloody murder, it’s going to take a LOT to force it into the general population.

    This POS needs to be exposed for his anti-American bullshit.

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  7. You forgot the rest of the headline…

    “Because they don’t have a clue how the EPA works.”


    Hello Big Labor AGAIN….

    Obama has usurped our U.S.Congress by issuing executive orders. Obama is basically ruling by fiat through the EPA.

    Obama Administration rushing policies to kill coal power after Nov. 6

    November 5, 2012 1:16 pm

    The Obama administration is rushing to finalize regulations that will effectively kill coal power in America, the Washington Examiner reported:

    President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has devoted an unprecedented number of bureaucrats to finalizing new anti-coal regulations that are set to be released at the end of November, according to a source inside the EPA.

    More than 50 EPA staff are now crashing to finish greenhouse gas emission standards that would essentially ban all construction of new coal-fired power plants. Never before have so many EPA resources been devoted to a single regulation. The independent and non-partisan Manhattan Institute estimates that the EPA’s greenhouse gas coal regulation will cost the U.S. economy $700 billion.

    The rush is a major sign of panic by environmentalists inside the Obama administration. If Obama wins, the EPA would have another four full years to implement their anti-fossil fuel agenda. But if Romney wins, regulators will have a very narrow window to enact a select few costly regulations that would then be very hard for a President Romney to undo.

    The same Manhattan Institute report also notes that the new EPA regulations will not actually cut greenhouse gas emissions and that new coal power plants are clean by the usual EPA standards.

    The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy points out coal’s importance to Virginia’s energy profile:

    Coal is the most valuable single mineral resource produced in Virginia, with an estimated value in 2006 totaling $1.7 billion. During 2006, about 29.5 million short tons of coal was mined. … Virginia consistently ranks among the top ten coal-producing states in the nation, making it an important contributor to the U.S. energy profile.

    Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has complained in the past to the Washington Free Beacon about the Obama administration’s energy policies:

    “Stop coming up with silly and unbalanced policies that hurt the ability of Virginia to use all of its God-given natural resources.”



    Obama using cheap labor (prisoners) to build solar panels to send profits to Obama donor and Chicago friends. Remember this name……EXELON:

    Green Energy GULAG. Prisoners Producing Solar Panels Sold for Installation by Major OBAMA Donors on Federal Buildings. The Ayers and David Axelrod Connections to Exelon.



    Secrecy and Concealment? Stealth Aggregate Collusion? EPA + Exelon +PEG


    EPA Head Lisa Jackson’s Radical Environmental Justice Agenda

    Lisa Jackson of EPA pushing Obama agenda:

    This video exposes yet another of Obama’s radical leftist appointments, EPA head Lisa Jackson. From indoctrination of our youth through the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of America, to fear mongering in a speech to LULAC, to playing the race card in front of BIG (Blacks in Government), Jackson covers all the Environmental Justice bases. Learn more about the real goals of Environmental Justice and the scam of man-made global warming @, where the progressive agenda is being exposed.



    Obama is just a puppet doing the beckoning of the Center for American Progress (Soros and Hillary Clinton group). John Podesta, former Bill Clinton advisor came up with what White House Aides called the “Podesta Procedure”

    Is John Podesta of the Center for American Progress Inflicting the “Project Podesta” Ideology/Tactic on Obama? What Americans Should Know…..

    ***Notation added here by Romanticpoet: Does any of the following sound familiar America?****

    Podesta’s most lasting contribution to the leftist cause came through his promotion of a strategy that White House aides dubbed “Project Podesta.” This was a system that enabled the Clintons to push through unpopular policies that neither Congress nor the American people wanted. Its implementation marked a dramatic tilt in the balance of power, giving the executive branch an unprecedented ability to force its will on the legislative branch.

    Project Podesta enabled the President to bypass Congress through the use of executive orders, presidential decision directives, White-House-sponsored lawsuits, vacancy appointments to high federal office, selective regulatory actions against targeted corporations, and a host of other extra-constitutional tactics.

    In short, Podesta showed the Clintons that they could gain by force what they might fail to achieve through legislation. “Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kind of cool,” quipped White House aide Paul Begala to The New York Times on July 5, 1998, in response to questions about the Clintons’ growing disdain for the will of Congress.

    Project Podesta’s most ambitious exercise was the war on Yugoslavia which Clinton launched by executive order on April 13, 1999, in defiance of the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.



    November 18, 2010

    The liberal Center for American Progress doesn’t believe significant GOP gains in the House and Senate should stop the president from implementing more of his polices. The group released a report Tuesday suggesting ways Obama can bypass Congress to accomplish a progressive agenda, and it cites the president’s power as commander-in-chief to make its point.

    “I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Center for American Progress head and former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta told the Daily Caller. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.”

    How does one “move the country forward”? In the center’s report, Podesta explains that Obama can use executive orders, rule-making, and even the armed forces “to accomplish important change” and that such means “should not be underestimated.”

    What exactly does Podesta think the president should use such powers to “accomplish”? Among others, the report suggests “job creation,“ ”quality affordable health care,“ ”sustainable security,“ and ”a clean energy future.”

    The report cites specific goals such as mitigating the effects of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, supporting a Palestinian state, and reducing greenhouse gasses by 17 percent by 2020.

    “The U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation grant the president significant authority to make and implement policy,” Podesta writes. ”Congressional gridlock does not mean the federal government stands still.”

    The Center for American Progress is funded by liberal billionaire financier George Soros.‘armed-forces’-to-push-progressive-agenda/


    Is John Podesta the Puppetmaster’s (Soros) henchman?

    WHO is actually running the White House?


    So “Big Labor”, I understand that the EPA is just a regulatory arm of government being usurped/used by the Obama Administration to push through a more AGGRESSIVE and unsavory agenda.

    The EPA isn’t what is USED TO BE……

    Seems YOU may need to educate yourself…OR DO YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS?



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