Leading Coal Company Will Lay Off 1,200 Workers – Blames Obama EPA Regulations

A one man wrecking crew–
Barack Obama promised to bankrupt the coal industry during the 2008 campaign.

“So if someone wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

Now this…
Alpha Natural Resources announced today that it plans on closing eight mines in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The company will lay off 1,200 employees.
The New York Times reported:

Alpha Natural Resources, one of the nation’s largest coal producers, announced on Tuesday that it planned to idle eight mines in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, reducing its annual production by 16 million tons. The move will include laying off 1,200 of 13,000 employees. The company said that it was trying to meet the “evolving demands of a changing global coal market” and that it would continue selling coal in the United States while focusing new efforts on overseas markets.

The company blamed Obama’s EPA for the layoffs.
The Wall Street Journal reported:

The coal industry has been hit by competition from cheap natural gas, but Alpha made clear in its announcement that an equal problem is a Washington “regulatory environment that’s aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal.” That’s a direct reference to the deluge of Obama Environmental Protection Agency regulations designed to force the closure of coal-fired power plants.

And yet Obama has the nerve to say he represents the middle class.

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  • JimR

    O-Bam! Promise kept!

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  • Robert

    Energy prices will necessarily skyrocket.

  • Joanne

    Obama won’t allow off shore drilling for Americans, but gives monies to Mexico, Brazil, etc. to drill off their shores. Obama hates America, and he is taking the wealth from all Americans and giving it to other countries. I can’t believe this is happening to the U.S.

  • jony101

    are the union mine workers still voting for obama? will they overlook this minor setback in there lifes and vote republican? I don’t think so. They will go down with the ship before they turn against obama.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    The move will include laying off 1,200 of 13,000 employees.

    Say people, did any of you vote for Obie in 2008? Well, vote for him again!

    I dare you.

  • Joanne

    Obama could have created jobs with the pipeline and off shore drilling, and kept coal miner jobs, but he doesn’t want the U.S. to be energy dependent and he doesn’t want to create jobs for Americans – he wants the U.S. to have no ability to provide her own energy.

  • Mari

    Told you this was happening. United Mine Workers Union said they plan to “sit out this election”—

  • Wait until O’s supporters have to choose between heat or food this winter….

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  • paul52

    Atta boy, Barry! Get those unemployment numbers up. Get those solar panels installed on Air Force One ASAP!

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  • News Item #1: Obama’s USDA Offers Women, Hispanic Farmers Over $1.3 Billion in Pigford Payouts

    News Item #2: Leading Coal Company Will Lay Off 1,200 Workers – Blames Obama EPA Regulations

    Obama is in office to impose his own proclivities, prejudices and animosities. Whoever he personally doesn’t like, he insults and harms — Israel, England, white European nations, bankers, doctors, insurance companies, coal companies.

    Whoever he likes, he rewards — mortgages for poor blacks who can’t afford them, free medical care, a free pass for New Black panther thugs, money for pseudo-farmer minorities, appeasement for Muslim mobs.

    No other President has had such a puny, shrunken, shriveled view of a President’s role. This is truly a Lilliputian would-be autocrat. He’s Mussolini for Morons.

  • SeniorD

    In Dumbobama’s world, the “middle class” are those who have become dependent upon The State. Whereas, those of us who make our own way in life are The Enemy.

  • Rachelle

    Remember…he wants 4 more years so he can ‘finish’.

    It’s pretty clear what he wants to ‘finish’: America.

  • the wolf

    In a year or two, your electric bills will be at least triple what they are now. And the press will blame President Romney. Don’t let them get away with it.

  • Basil Duke

    And throughout the country – despite the hamstringing of Keystone, the smothering of off-shore drilling and the demolition derby act Obama has inflicted on the coal industry, many, many thousands of men who get dirty for a living (or who USED to get dirty for a living, back when they had a job) will vote for this Chicago thug in November, because “Democrats are for the working class.” They very much remind me of American Jews who insist that only government should have access to firearms.

  • Patty

    Despite Obama’s Best Efforts, “Coal Use Is Growing At A Staggering Pace Around The World.”

    Coal use is growing at a staggering pace around the world, particularly in countries such as China and India. That’s created a potentially vast market for coal exports. Currently, U.S. coal producers like Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources are hoping to build large export terminals in the Pacific Northwest to compensate for falling demand here. Environmental groups, by contrast, are trying to stop this from happening, arguing that the United States shouldn’t be shipping its climate pollution abroad.

    OBAMA Didn’t Work FOR THE NATION’S COAL INDUSTRY

    111 Coal Power Plants Closed From 2009-2012. “But in the past two years, an increasing number of coal-powered electricity plants across the country have announced closures. Estimates vary, but banking and industry analysis firm Credit Suisse put expected and known closures for 2009-2012 at 111 plants, that’s one-fifth of the nation’s nearly 500 coal plants.” (Lisa Desjardins, “The War Over Coal Is Personal,” CNN, 7/17/12)

    The Obama Administration Has Destroyed 2,868 Jobs In Eastern Ohio. “‘At its peak, OhioAmerican employed 239 local people in high-paying, well-benefited jobs,’ said Mr. Stanley T. Piasecki, General Manager and Superintendent. ‘University studies show that our Mines can create up to eleven (11) secondary jobs in our communities, for store clerks, teachers, etc., to serve our direct employees. Thus, if one uses the eleven (11) to one (1) multiplier, the Obama Administration has destroyed 2,868 jobs in eastern Ohio with this forced Mine closure,’ stated Mr. Piasecki.” (Press Release, “OhioAmerican Energy, Inc. Coal Mining Operation Closed In Eastern Ohio,” Murray Energy, 7/31/12)

    http://www.gop.com/news/research/obamas-keeping-up-his-war-on-coal-at-the-expense-of-jobs/

    Democrats handing U.S. oil to China, destroying coal industry

    As communist China scrambles to buy up all the North American energy supplies that the left’s ideological environmentalist crusade against “Big Oil” endlessly denies us access to, a record number of coal-fired energy plants are now also being forced to shut down across the country.

    From the Daily Caller:

    Facing declining demand for electricity [due to the failing economy and the shale boom] and stiff federal environmental regulations, coal plant operators are planning to retire 175 coal-fired generators, or 8.5 percent of the total coal-fired capacity in the United States, according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

    A record-high 57 generators will shut down in 2012.
    read more:

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/28/record-number-of-coal-fired-generators-to-be-shut-down-in-2012/

    So, Ohio is in play for Romney and Obama. Coal means a lot to the people of Ohio, Kentucky and other coal producing states. Could be a big factor in this election. Among many of Obama’s failures.

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  • Militant Consrvative

    Cool! More Romney voters in a flash!

    Don’t tell me the coal company did not tell the former employees why they are

    being layed off. Just like me cept I knew it would come due to his policies.

    powder is dry

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  • nobama12

    only matters if Romney gets an add up in these states – oterhwise the MSM will bury it along with everything else that is bad for )

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    In a year or two, your electric bills will be at least triple what they are now. And the press will blame President Romney.

    Romney can forestall this by cleaning out the EPA once he assumes office. If he doesn’t, then he deserves all the criticism he gets.

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  • squeaky

    “Wait until O’s supporters have to choose between heat or food this winter…”.my mother had a delivery of oil – 38 gallons at $3.879 per gallon. granny will be freezing to death in her ill heated home long before she gets pushed over any cliff.

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  • Constitution First

    As thin as Barry’s (Marxist/Socialist/Progressive) resume was, such little academic background as he couldn’t hide behind court orders, the writing was on the wall, he really didn’t try all that hard to hide who he was. Yet your friends, neighbors and family members still voted for him. While Barry just may be that domestic enemy our fore-bearer’s warned us about, we can not overlook the reality that ‘stupid is as stupid does’. If your friends, neighbors and family members want ‘free stuff’ gained by putting a gun to the head of job creators (until the job creators bolt to a less collectivist state) than there will always be another Barry just waiting to take his place. Until the collective Nation stops falling for unicorns, and pots of gold at the end of rainbows, we will always be in danger of the rule of charlatans.

  • So, does that make the “Dear One” a union buster? Wait, didn’t the unions go his way? I’m sooo confused here!

  • Rick Rodgers

    It’s hard to understand how the United Mine Worker can be so actively supportive of the Obama administration, until you realize that more than half of the members are now white collar government workers! UMW indeed !

  • Monkey Wrench

    Not sure why this site keeps doing these stories about the reduced demand for coal. This is not news and it is not controversial. Coal is losing out to natural gas. The cost of natural gas has dropped considerably over the last several years, so it now competes directly with coal. This is the marketplace working the way it should.

    If coal has trouble competing with natural gas, so be it. Natural gas burns much cleaner, so it sounds like a good thing to me.

  • MT Geoff

    Howdy monkey wrench
    To the degree that other fuels displace coal because they are more efficient, coal should give way. Or rather, it’s the natural order that coal might shift from a domestic market to a foreign market and we may use our other domestic fuels. That should provide lower-cost energy to the US and to our trading partners. That far, you’re correct.
    To the degree that coal is pushed out of the market by distortions — like the Obama EPA and its more foolish rules — this is a bad thing. In particular, anything based on CO2 emissions or global climate change-warming-catastrophe-etc must be presumed to be wrong and costly.
    The Obama-progressive response to fracking reminds me of Atlas Shrugged and particularly the reaction to Rearden Metal (I’m about halfway through; Ayn’s writing makes slow going). Obama and the Enablers would LOVE to issue Directive 10-289.

  • during obama’s recent appearence on the view he said he is working to bring manufacturing jobs back to america. well he better start paying some attention to his EPA because they are doing everything they can to destroy ALL manufacturing in this country.

  • Betty Price

    Ovomit needed to be taken out of office as soon as he got in it! I didn’t vote for him then and I won’t vote for him in November! I never trusted anything he ever said or did. I have been a Democrat for many years and just to let you know I am not racist. I have many black friends as well as all other races. I just couldn’t watch him on the campaign trail and believe what he said. He said he was a Christian. Never have I seen a Christian not put their RIGHT hand over their heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to our once Great country as he and Michelle do not do this. I not only feel his entire agenda has been to kill America, but I also think his friends in other Nations, when HE IS NOT re-elected will do something in our Country. Terrorism, start a war, etc. I think when he leaves office he should be Deported back to Kenya and never allowed back in this Country again. I also don’t feel we should be paying him when he leaves office because that money can be used to lower the deficit. I pray daily that Mitt Romney will be our next President, I realize there are thousands that feel as I do, but he happens to be our only choice to get this Country back to the Country it should be. I pray God will bless him daily as he cleans up this mess because it will not be easy for him to do. I also pray that Americans help him and give him the chance to make the U.S. the Great Nation it has been. Oh yes, I also think ALL of our men and women in the Armed Forces should be immediately be sent back home because we are going to need them on U.S. soil.

  • Betty Price

    #7 September 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    Monkey Wrench commented:

    Not sure why this site keeps doing these stories about the reduced demand for coal. This is not news and it is not controversial. Coal is losing out to natural gas. The cost of natural gas has dropped considerably over the last several years, so it now competes directly with coal. This is the marketplace working the way it should.

    If coal has trouble competing with natural gas, so be it. Natural gas burns much cleaner, so it sounds like a good thing to me.

    My return comment – Monkey Wrench, did you know that there are Americans that can not have natural gas, propane or kerosene in their homes? I am one of those people due to COPD and Congestive heart Failure I can only have Electric in my home. My Paternal Grandfather was a coal miner. He was killed in the mines when my Grandmother was 5 months pregnant with my Father. The Coal mining Community and the coal mine owners gave wonderful help to mt Grandmother. That is what they do take care of their workers families! Due to this my Father always said he wouldn’t work in the coal mines, but he Retired from Island Creek Coal Mines many years ago. His death had nothing to do with mining. He died due to Pseudonymous infection he got from the hospital when his second leg had to be amputated. He had severe Arteriosclerosis due to HIMSELF. Many years after he retired. Gas could kill me faster!!!

    Thank you

  • JPhat

    1200 voters for Romney.

  • MT Geoff

    #11: Howdy Ms Price
    Natural gas is becoming an important fuel for generating electricity. Obviously it can run a boiler and a steam generator, as coal can. If natural gas is less costly and it can be brought to the generating station more safely than coal, then natural gas will take a larger share of generating electricity. That is “creative destruction”, the same kind of thing that put the buggy makers into the niche category and the auto manufacturers into Detroit.
    So you can have a home run entirely on electricity; the electricity may come from gas, coal, nuclear or other means. In many areas, electricity from many plants and fuels gets swapped around by a grid to keep loads balanced.

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  • Therese

    How in God’s name can Obummer be up 9 to 10 points in Pennsylvania?????
    FYI – A little birdie told me that the St. Louis County Election Board has not been overwhelmed this week with voters. If you want to vote absentee this may be the week to do it. In 2008 the line wrapped around the building for days leading up to the Election. Please get out and Vote (Obummer Out) 🙂

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