Miners Say Obama’s War on Energy Will Cost 485,000 Jobs


We’re just capping off and trading American jobs to any country that wants them.

Labor unions criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulations on carbon emissions from power plants on Monday, highlighting growing tensions between the environmentalist and working class arms of the Democratic Party.

United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) president Cecil Roberts blasted the proposal, saying it would leave tens of thousands of the union’s members unemployed.

“The proposed rule … will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions,” Roberts said in a statement.

According to a UMWA analysis, Roberts said, the rule will cause 75,000 job losses in the coal sector by 2020, rising to 152,000 by 2035.

“When a U.S. government economic multiplier used to calculate the impact of job losses is applied to the entire economy, we estimate that the total impact will be about 485,000 permanent jobs lost,” Roberts said.

The left has gone from treating miners like heroes to turning them into enemies of the state. The wealthy special interests of Big Green have made billions from Obama Inc. and they won’t stop until they destroy what’s left of the working class they hate.

“It’s clear the administration needs to grow a set of antlers, or perhaps take a lesson from Popeye and eat some spinach,” the president of the Laborers International Union of North America said at the time.

  • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

    But will Labor learn its lesson – that it is only valued as long as it contributes to the power of the Democratic Party? That when the Party’s desire for power brings it to embrace Environmentalism, all jobs, including union jobs, will be sacrificed to the cause – the cause of power?

  • JackSpratt

    They sure can’t say Obummer didn’t warn them, when he gave his interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. Where he said his aim was to bankrupt the coal industry and admitted that this would necessarily make energy costs skyrocket (his words).

  • hrwolfe

    They seek to destroy it only to rebuild it better and strong, or so they think. Not anything to show they are remotely right. Just blind adherence to a failed ideology where everything is free and all wants and needs are fulfilled by a benevolent Ruler/Government.

  • YesWeCan3

    Guess these union loyalists have learned a valuable lesson, vote democrat and get screwed.
    Let’s see if they know how to fix this problem in 2014 and 2016

  • Bert

    Obama uses the environment as a pretext to reduce coal mining and kill jobs while Republicans demand the status quo even if it is causing pollution. There is a THIRD alternative which BOTH parties either ignore or deny. It is time to exit from 19th and 20th century energy and enter the 21st century. This means energy that is far more advanced than solar, wind, etc. which are far too limited to replace coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. I have approached Democrats to point out that advanced energy technologies can totally replace old energy, create new jobs, save money and clean up the environment without government control. The Democrats I contacted did not respond. The Republicans I contacted were not interested either and lacked the intellectual curiosity to even read any documents. The internet contains many documents on this subject of advanced energy research, and the politics of suppression. I and others have tried and failed to persuade elected officials, the media and others to even investigate. The blind of both parties are leading their blind supporters.