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In 2008 then Senator Obama stated during an interview that he would bankrupt the coal industry. It would seem that is at least one promise he is keeping as President.
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The South Florida Times reports that the CEO of Murray Energy blamed President Obama’s War On Coal as one of the reasons for having to layoff coal miners across three states. Including over 1,000 Union positions:
“On Friday, St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy said it told 1,417 workers at five West Virginia mines their jobs must be eliminated. Another 249 jobs would be lost at two Ohio mines, while 162 employees would be out of work at two Illinois mines.
The hardest hit location will be the Monongalia County Mine, where 558 workers are expected to lose their jobs between July 24 and Aug. 7, according to a federally required notice of major layoff plans. Almost 430 are union jobs. The mine was already temporarily idled in late March.
CEO Robert Murray mentioned the layoffs at the North American Coalbed Methane Forum in Cecil, Pennsylvania on Thursday, according to media reports. In a news release Friday, his company said the layoffs were “due to the increased utilization of natural gas to generate electricity … and the ongoing destruction of the United States coal industry by President Barack Obama.” The company also blasted West Virginia’s severance tax to unearth coal.
United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts lamented the layoffs. The Murray job cuts include 1,100 union positions.”
A new report issued by the U.S. Energy Information Administration states that the EPA’s new Carbon rule set to be finalized in August, will mean higher energy prices for consumers and even more closings of coal fired power plants.