Obama Administration Pressured Contractors to Change Coal Mining Job Loss Numbers

New Obama Administration EPA regulations will force 32 coal plants to close their doors putting hundreds of Americans out of work.

The latest move by the EPA will force aggressive new regulations on 26 states. The new rules will kill thousands of jobs, cost billions of dollars and increase electricity rates for every family.

New EPA rules will force Western coal-fired power plants to install haze-reducing pollution-control equipment at a cost of $1.6 billion a year. Pictured is the Dave Johnston Power Plant in Glenrock, Wyoming. (IBD)

Worse yet, the Obama Administration is now trying to hide this from the American public. Officials have pressured contractors to fudge their numbers on job losses — And it was caught on tape.
The Free Beacon reported:

Obama administration officials may have pressured government contractors to change job loss estimates associated with coal regulations, audio recordings reveal.

The tapes show that unnamed officials with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) asked government contractors to change their calculations of job losses associated with the Stream Protection Rule.

A preliminary draft of an environmental impact statement estimated that up to 7,000 coalminers could lose their jobs under the administration’s “preferred” regulation. After a leaked copy of the report went public, officials asked the contractors to compare job estimates to a model in which another regulation was enforced, rather than the real world numbers.

“It’s not the real world, this is rulemaking,” an OSM official tells a skeptical contractor on the recording.

“If we’re to assume [the 2008 rule] is enforced in the coal-producing states, this is a very small [impact],” the contractor replies. “But that, as you said, is not the real world, that’s pretending … I thought we were looking at what’s going to change in Kentucky, what’s going to change in Pennsylvania, what’s going to change in Ohio, what’s going to change in Wyoming.”

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  • ironbill

    November cannot get here fast enough.

  • Paddy

    Was the likelihood that coal plant closers will destabilize power grids even mentioned in the environmental assessment, much less quantified in terms of risk and true costs of replacing the closed coal plants?

  • Patty


    Breaking News:

    SEIU Loses Historic Case

    SEIU Member Noujaim wins writ of mandate allowing her to get access
    to SEIU financial records.Judge Lloyd Connelly stated that Ms.
    Noujaim will get access to the SEIU records allowing her to write
    down all information for publishing. Although she is excluded from
    copying the documents,she may write the information dowm.What is
    excluded are the following:

    Employee confidential information such as:
    -addresses -phone numbers -social security number’s

    In what would be defined as courtroom bombshells, the courtroom
    audience were high fiving outside in favor of Ms. Noujaim.While
    SEIU attorneys looked as if they were in shock,SEIU rank and file members were protesting the leadership in SEIU. Ms. Noujaim states she has worked hard to fight for the documents against SEIU.

    SEIU is an organization that has some members have defined as corrupt and allegedly fraudelent. Mary Kay Henry is the SEIU President and many are calling for her to step down as SEIU International President.Her term will expire this year.


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  • Patty


    Cops: Former CNN Executive Leaves Dog Feces In Neighbor’s Mailbox


  • It never occurred to y’all that job-loss estimates from polluting industries are always inflated?

  • Patty


    i do blame holder and obama administration. it is said majority of voters are confident in our voting system. BS!! THIS NEEDED TO BE FIXED AND I AM NOT IN THE MAJORITY OF CONFIDENT VOTERS, ARE YOU?

    53,000 Dead Voters Found in Florida

    I have learned that Florida election officials are set to announce that the secretary of state has discovered and purged up to 53,000 dead voters from the voter rolls in Florida.

    How could 53,000 dead voters have sat on the polls for so long? Simple. Because Florida hadn’t been using the best available data revealing which voters have died. Florida is now using the nationwide Social Security Death Index for determining which voters should be purged because they have died.

    Here is the bad news. Most states aren’t using the same database that Florida is. In fact, I have heard reports that some election officials won’t even remove voters even when they are presented with a death certificate. That means that voter rolls across the nation still are filled with dead voters, even if Florida is leading the way in detecting and removing them.

    But surely people aren’t voting in the names of dead voters, the voter fraud deniers argue. Wrong.


    Consider the case of Lafayette Keaton. Keaton not only voted for a dead person in Oregon, he voted for his dead son. Making Keaton’s fraud easier was Oregon’s vote by mail scheme, which has opened up gaping holes in the integrity of elections. The incident in Oregon just scratches the surface of the problem. Massachusetts and Mississippi are but two other examples of the dead rising on election day.

    Florida should be applauded for taking the problem seriously, even if Eric Holder’s Justice Department and many state election officials don’t.


  • JoyO

    Where is Congress? Why aren’t they doing something about this? We must elect a Congress that has the balls to make laws that significantly reduces the size and scope of the Environmental Protection Agency. I think the agency should be cut by 75% at a minimum …we must think about the environment but not destroy our country and our Constitution in the process!

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  • bigkahuna

    Lying Bastages and crooks. Put them in jail.

    Notice how Bain Capital is evil for cutting jobs at some companies but GM is held up as a success after being stolen from its investors, given to the unions even though they closed thousdands of dealerships, a variety of entire plants, and all at a cost of $32-$56 billion in taxpayer bailouts and tax breaks etc etc etc. He also forced wage and union concessions didnt they on newer workers ???? Obama anti union ?

    Also notice how they claim the investors at a private equity firm ( Bain) got rich while screwing the workers… But let me see… What about execs at FANNIE and FREDDIE Franklin Raines anyone ????? For a company that lost hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars and he seemed to have walked away with about $98 million… also Jamie Gorelick…oh and how about Obama fundraiser and dummycrat John Corzine ?

  • bigkahuna

    Oh and How about Our own President and congress… Loss of $5 trillion and they want to continue in their jobs ?

  • luckyone

    Obama is just a tall, skinny, liar.

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  • Mannie

    Considering that it is a Federal Felony to lie on reports to the gummint, The Criminal Zerobama Regime has been cought suborning a felony, a felony itself.

    The US Attorney General’s office will be swearing out warrants in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …

  • aironlater

    Coming from Western Kentucky and seeing precisely what Coal Fired Plants have done to the environment, I would ask Hoft and his droogies what they would think if a company decided to put one within even 10 miles of their homes……………try your drinking water now or planting a garden; even having a healthy front lawn your ignorant buffoons

  • kathteach

    FEBRUARY 2012:

    Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) questioned the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, to find out what he knew about his department telling contractors to lie about job loss estimates from his proposed rewrite of the Stream Buffer Zone Rule. This proposed rewrite could cost almost 30,000 direct and indirect coal jobs.


    MAY 11, 2012

    The energy policy page of BarackObama.com now includes a section for “clean coal,” claiming the stimulus package “invested substantially in carbon capture and sequestration research.”

    But until recently, that page made no mention of coal. Its Google cache shows a section for “energy efficiency” where “clean coal” now appears.

    The change comes mere days after Obama lost 41% of the vote in the Democratic primary in West Virginia – a state heavily reliant on the coal industry – to a convicted felon and current federal inmate.


  • LivnLaVidaBroka

    Obama should be impeached and thrown in jail for the lying traitor he is. What is wrong with our congress? No nads . . .

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    Ahhhhh… rolling blackouts! Just the kind of thing that the black thugs need to start rampaging through the cities. And as the violence spreads, Obama will have to declare martial law and suspend constitutional rights in order to restore order.

    Of course, elections will also have to be suspended until Obama can unilaterally declare that order has been fully restored everywhere even if it takes a few decades. Just around the corner, folks! Just around the corner.

  • Yip

    Nice pic… adjusted to make steam look like smoke. I know it wasn’t intended, but this is the kind of pictures that piss me off. Coal power plants are very clean compared to the old days, but these type pictures give an unstated sub-conscience buttress to the eco nuts who see that and scream pollution and global warming!

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  • Finncrisp

    Yip is right. Vast majority of what comes out of coal plant stacks is steam. I don’t know what filter they used on that picture, but it is murky without any fake smoke.

  • bg


    to be continued..


  • Sasja

    Re dead voters. Instead of waiting for Congress (I assume you mean at the national level), why don’t you get your butt in gear and find out if precincts in your state are still carrying the dead on their rolls, and if so, work to get them off. That is where the problem lies, as well as the solution.

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  • Shawn

    Our government has been lying and stealing from us for years. It’s our own fault we keep voting in these crooks year after year. Vote out all entrenched incumbants and if the new folks don’t make some sreious changes vote them out as well.

  • Earthmover

    #15 Instead of calling us names, take some pictures of the environmental damage
    you speak of. Do it this week and make sure the date shows on the pictures and where they were taken. I don’t believe you will be able to produce anything.

  • Fiftycal

    So, if Obama hadn’t wasted $5 billion on his “green energy” CRONYS, half the coal plants could have gotten the “scrubbers” installed and SAVED or CREATED thousands of jobs, “saved” the environment and made sense. Of course his good buddy donors wouldn’t have been able to LINE THEIR POCKETS with taxpayer funds.

  • bg


    ht The MUSEman

    May 21, 2012

    Massachusetts firm in $1.25b deal in China

    [GreatPoint was founded in 2005 to develop a low-cost way to convert coal, a plentiful but dirty fuel, into cleaner-burning gas. Prior to the Wanxiang deal, the company raised about $155 million in venture capital from investment firms and power companies.

    GreatPoint’s technology uses a patented catalyst that reacts with coal and steam to produce gas in a one-step process that separates the fuel from pollutants, including nearly all carbon dioxide, a leading cause of global warming. The carbon dioxide can be stored or used later to help extract crude from oil fields.

    GreatPoint estimates it can make the synthetic gas for under $5 per million British thermal units by 2015. That would make it competitive with liquefied natural gas, which, GreatPoint executives say, is expected to trade on international markets at about $10 per million BTUs.]

    more re: China in the US here & here..


  • rodguy911

    IF you want to attack the country without anyone realizing what you are doing,spend into oblivion ,don’t give a budget,don’t ok pipelines and destroy coal just for starters. This is how to destroy a nation in full view–plain sight.

  • woofer0343

    Why wont someone or some group start impeachment process.His admistration has done so many things that are impeachable offenses & no one does anything.Someone with the power to impeach this man would be a national hero in my way of thinking.If we wait until the election it will be too late.Someone please do whats right for the USA.He has walked all over the constitution and the Bill Of Rights.He & his followers are ruining this country,this country that so many have died for and also those who served in the milatery and many are still serving.Freedom is not free never has been & never will be.God help our country.

  • bg


    Obama is not alone, and he didn’t get where he is by chance..


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