|Posted by WTPOV Core Team on March 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM|
Electric Coal and Politics
“When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…under my plan, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” said then candidate for President, Barack Obama. The President spoke those during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board documenting his energy policy and thus his “War on Coal” was declared.
Sadly, many people are in denial about President Obama’s “War on Coal” and how it reduces jobs and raises prices on everything we buy. Maybe coal should be called electric coal so people could better understand the connection between coal and their electricity bill. Coal fired power plants and the livelihoods of thousands of people are under attack from Obama and the likes of Democrats Senate Speaker Harry Reid and House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Some Ohio politicians recently gathered locally for a political rally and pointed the finger of blame at Ohio Governor John Kasich for Ormet’s rising electricity bills. They want Kasich to order the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), to reduce Ormet’s electric prices and pass the costs on to people who pay their electric bill.
Astonishingly, Nancy Pelosi, a key player in crushing coal production and thereby killing thousands of jobs is attempting to influence our Congressional election. The same Nancy Pelosi who shoved numerous EPA regulations through the House specifically contributing to rising energy prices actually had supporters at the Rally? Does anyone really believe that Nancy Pelosi has the best interest of the Ohio Valley on her mind?
The people who were pointing the finger of blame at Columbus on one hand are supporting the full force of Obama’s “war on coal” with the other hand. They even want to bolster Nancy Pelosi’s chances of returning as Speaker of the House. It is well documented that Pelosi has ear marked the Ohio 6th District as a Congressional seat she intends to win for herself in 2014. Were the Ormet workers being used for political props?
Obamas’ EPA is now enforcing more than 174 thousand pages of job killing regulations. Regulations that guarantee Ormet’s future energy costs will skyrocket as promised. For what it’s worth, Governor Kasich can not legally order the reduction of Ormet’s electric bill and then saddle middle class working people with higher bills to pay for it.
We can all appreciate the anxiety Ormet employees feel with the prospect of losing a livelihood that has been good to them for years. And, Ormet is not the only company with employees at risk because of the war on electric coal. Murray Energy employs thousands of people locally who depend on a regular pay check earned by producing coal right here in the Valley.
Bob Murray founder of Murray Energy has been shoving back the EPA and Obama’s war on coal for years. Mr. Murray is an honorable man who has spent a life time producing coal and providing tens of thousands of jobs in the process. Murray Energy recently applied for the normal storm water run off permit and the Ohio EPA had no problem with the request but Obamas’ EPA refused to approve the permit. Shouldn’t someone be pointing the finger of blame at Obama and Pelosi for job losses?
Unfortunately President Obama and his side kicks Reid and Pelosi are beholden to radical environmentalists and other liberal elites and not middle class workers who have to use energy to make a living. Ormet workers would be wise to understand the importance of electric coal to their daily lives and how their home warming is far more important than so-called global warming or deceptive politicians.