Thanks Barack… 3 West Virginia Coal Plants to Close

Before the election in 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle that he would cripple the coal industry and bankrupt coal plants.

Hear Obama talk about bankrupting the Coal Industry and raise the cost of Energy in America if elected. Still think the 0ne is going to cut your taxes? He plans to put over 100K+ people out of work and raise the cost of living for all of us.

Three West Virginia coal plants just announced they will close this year.
Metro News reported:

Ohio based FirstEnergy Corporation announces it will close three coal fired power plants in West Virginia by this fall. The closings come directly from the impact of new federal EPA regulations.

The plants to close are Albright Power Station, Willow Island Power Station, and the Rivesville Power Station. The company says 105 employees will be directly impacted.

The three plants produce 660 megawatts and about 3-percent of FirstEnergy’s total generation. In recent years, the plants served as “peaking facilities” and generated power during times of peak demand for power.

The plants operated under subsidiary Monongahela Power. Mon Power recently finished a study of unscrubbed coal fired plants in the system to determine the potential impact of the most recent environmental regulations from EPA. Company officials determined the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) made it unfeasible to retrofit or continue operating the three plants.

“The high cost to implement MATS and other environmental rules is the reason these Mon Power plants are being retired,” said James R. Haney, regional president of Mon Power and president of West Virginia Operations for FirstEnergy.

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  • karra

    That’s where he want them – unemployed – hungry – cold – and anxious for the government handout he will provide.

  • rumcrook

    mmmm ripping the foundation out from under this nation one block at a time….

    people can argue all day long if obummer is purposely trying to destroy america or just a leftard trying to implement his utopian view on whats best for america

    either way he’s be doing nothing different and america would still be getting its legs chopped out from underneath it just like whats happening now.

    you cant start choking the windpipe and still expect to breath, things will get worse

  • zooomzooom

    EXACTLY what he SAID he’d do.

  • USMC Thomas

    That SØBama bow to the Saudi king was no accident, America’s energy will be dependent on the whims of Middle Eastern mooselimb tyrants. There’s a payoff somewhere for this POSPOTUS.

  • StrangernFiction


  • StrangernFiction

    Thank you to all the good men and women here who have not stayed silent!

    God bless you patriots!

  • squeaky
  • shibumi

    WV voted for McCain. They have every right to scream at the 52%.

    As for the damage O is doing, well, I think PA is on the “destroy” list as well.

    Good luck.

  • Patty

    Obama is shutting down the coal Business

    Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) is denouncing the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency in particular for imposing new regulations that have already forced six coal-fired power plants to announce plans to shut down.

    “That’s hard-working people who are going to be on the unemployment line and this is just ridiculous.”

    Johnson explains the different regulations that are at issue and why they are having such a significant impact. He also addresses the question of how his constituents and Americans in two other states will get their power and why President Obama and Senate Democrats have the ability to reverse this.

  • Patty

    Obama out to end Coal Industry

    This is the man who tells America he is creating jobs? In West Virginia alone, there are 50,000-plus coal miners. That doesn’t count miners in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio. For every coal miner who goes into a mine, there are multiple support personnel who help that miner get there. Someone builds equipment miners ride into a mine. Someone builds machinery the miner uses to mine coal. Someone builds trucks, rail cars and barges which haul coal. Someone operates those trucks, trains and barges.

    For all of this equipment, steel is needed. People are needed to make steel. Once the equipment is made, much of it is delivered to mines by truck or rail. Someone has to sell it, and someone had to buy it for the mine before a miner ever saw it. Miners spend earnings the same way the rest of us do. For every coal miner, there are probably 30 or more peripheral industry members. Coal is a multibillion-dollar industry and coal powers this nation. Period.

    Do you think Obama can’t destroy America’s coal industry? He’s doing it as you read this. Coal-fired power plants are being shut down by the EPA, Obama’s attack dogs. He has openly stated he doesn’t need Congressional approval to carry out his agenda points.

    Obama wants to kill America’s coal industry. In doing so, he will destroy our nation’s economy. If he is elected to a second term, and realizes his agenda, in a distant sense the Mayans might be correct. Our world “as we know it” will end. No more will America be the richest, most powerful nation in the world. No more will other countries look to America as a beacon of hope. America will become a wasted nation, while we do nothing except elect him to a second term and allow him to do as he pleases.

    The choice for now is yours.

    I doubt if any coal miners will vote for Obama

  • FedUp

    And why isn’t this domestic terrorist being impeached? I thought mr. Know-it-all is supposed to be a ConstitutionL scholar. He must have skipped Article II. We should apply section 4. I consider his actions to be treasonous!

  • gee!

    maybe my neighbors to the west should think before voting for marxist………coal-fields provided a good living for some of the poorest areas …just sayin

  • Patty
  • Patty

    Obama lies to Coal miners in 27 states.

  • shibumi

    He cannot be impeached because the color of his skin.

    No matter what he does, no matter how he betrays us, he will NEVER be impeached.

    His skin color is a defense that cannot be defeated.

    Which is too bad, since I want this guy out of office.

  • Patty

    Coal industry needs to retrofit their plants, cost will be past on to the consumer. In the meantime because of his rules and regulations plants will shut down due to astronomical costs.

    Simple as that, Immelt, I wonder how much his pal as to do with this.

    We are suffering from taxes, cost of gas and now, what does Obama do, raise our energy cost too. And in the meantime thousands of jobs are lost. Who does that? Obama

  • Gort

    The 0bamanation regime of no energy for America at work raising energy costs to all Americans by closing down energy producers while providing non energy green energy programs that give kickbacks to his re-election campaigns.

  • gee!

    #15 spot on……..thats the reason the marxists and communtists and socialists had placed him in power………….they knew the color of his skin would protect him ………………just sayin

  • FedUp

    As far as I’m concerned, the only people who shout ‘racist’ are racists! The rest of us aren’t. Too bad that those people have no substance to stand on,so they are reduced to calling others names. They are accusing others of what they are themselves. Sad…

  • WillofLa

    #1 Kerra,

    You are more right than you think. This is the reason why he is forcing the insurance companies to shoulder the burden of providing contraception for women who work for church organizations. Just think how much that is going to cost the insurance companies. Obama is trying to destroy the insurance companies and make the put all those women onto ObamaCare to pay for.

    #7 squeaky,

    Now think about what you just said. What do those coal plant workers belong to? They belong to a union, and that union must have something to do with the coal miners union to. That is a very powerful union and has been for many years. Obama has got something for those guys. He’s not going to let them die off with nothing to fall back on. He wants them on unemployment to, and probably force the coal plant to give them their pension to. Some of those coal plants were old and worn out, and were scheduled to close anyway and these may be some of them. We don’t know what all is going on. We the people are always kept in the dark on purpose.