Conservatives have known that Obama has it in for all things coal. We know this because he’s said so-no prophesy or divination required! However, it seems that quite a few people didn’t pay attention to what candidate Obama was saying. Case in point, Cecil Roberts, boss of bosses of the United Mine Workers. Apparently, Cecil just now realized that Obama is going to put a lot of his “constituents” out of work…
The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine Workers of America said this week.
“The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” Cecil Roberts, president of the powerful union, said during an interview Tuesday on the West Virginia radio show MetroNews Talkline.
Roberts blasted Jackson, the EPA administrator, over the proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Opponents of the regulations, including Roberts, say the new rules would be the death knell of the coal industry.
New coal-fired power plants would have to install technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions in order to comply with the rules. The technology, known as carbon capture and storage (CCS), “is not commercially available,” Roberts said.
“This rule is an all-out, in my opinion, decision by the EPA that we’re never going to have another coal-fired facility in the United States that’s constructed,” Roberts said.
Er, Cecil, Obama said he would do this in 2008.
Yes, that’s a short clip, but for the purposes of this post, it will suffice. Longer versions are available on YouTube.
At any rate, welcome to what we like to call reality, Cecil. It’s usually a shock to suddenly realize that socialists do eat their own, and the workers you represent are now on the menu. But Cecil, did your union give millions to Obama in 2008, and after learning this, will the union fund more of their own demise this year? The choice is yours, but I really don’t think you want to sell out the rank and file, and then have them find out about it, do you?