Thread: Obama keeps promise on coal
05-23-2012, 12:21 AM #11
05-23-2012, 12:26 AM #12
And well thought out opinions when it comes to social issue discussions...
But whatever, go ahead and keep on bashing Obama, the funny part is that I'm NOT one of his defenders.
Although he still better than Mitt (LOL) Romney.
Have fun with this discussion without me
05-23-2012, 07:52 AM #13
05-23-2012, 09:19 AM #14
Why is everything these days A War on something???
Is it me or did the article not really go into detail about what environmental controls have been put into place other than just naming the title of the rule? I haven't look into the Utility MACT rule very much, but seems like it's a rule that requires coal and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, other metallic toxics, acid gases, and organic air toxics.
Now, I don't know if the increased regulations are actually effecting the air quality, but at some point air quality is an important issues as much as energy costs. In my opinion cost can't be the only factor in whether or not we get cleaner in our energy usage or not.
05-23-2012, 09:37 AM #15
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05-23-2012, 10:37 AM #17
The biggest problem of course is that CO2 emissions have to be substantially reduced, which is virtually impossible if you are burning coal. And to what end? Saving the world from global warming, which is highly debated at best and junk science at worst, since we don't even know how much effect man-made CO2 emissions have on global warming or that if we eliminated all of our CO2 emissions that it would even matter at the rate China and India are going.
05-23-2012, 11:09 AM #18
I didn't spend any time reading articles, I don't need to. People in my community are living it. Obama and his EPA are enacting restrictions and limitations that are killing the #1 industry in our state. 33,000 miners are now aware that their jobs are going to go away. The truck drivers, railways, shipping companies, coal distributors, and everyone else who has a job that depends on the coal industry are also aware that they will be handed a pink slip at some point. Some are estimating 60-80,000 jobs could be lost and an unemployment rate in excess of 30% is plausible if everything that Obama wants goes through.
In addition, every other facet of our state is going to suffer. Without the tax base our schools will no longer be able to employ as many teachers, our public service departments will no longer be able to pay employees, our businesses will not be able to stay open with nobody to buy anything. Without these things people will begin moving away. This can already be seen in McDowell county where $200,000 homes sit empty, reposessed by the bank and unsold because nobody in the county can afford them. The county school system has nearly 20 unfilled teaching positions because nobody will live there and fill them. If you are driving into the county you better make sure you have a full tank because 40 miles between gas stations is common and it is along lonely walk between them.
As a side effect of all of this, Obama's policies on coal are helping other countries improve their economy. With the knowledge that Obama has a goal of killing the coal industry, mine owners are getting out. Several coal mines in West Virginia have already been sold. A Russian company is buying them up for a cheap price and closing them. Why? Because coal in Russia is a big industry, if no coal is produced by our mines then their coal becomes more valuable. So Obama's coal policies are single-handedly turning Russians into wealthy people and pushing American's into poverty. Yup, he is a man of the people, just not West Virginian people.
And the cold hard fact is this. Obama doesn't care. West Virginians are irrelevant to him. He could turn our state into a version of a 3rd world country and not blink an eye. We don't matter to him. He ignored us in the 2008 primary and never visited here one time. He ignored us in the 2008 general election and never visited here one time. To my knowledge, he still hasn't visited our state.
In the grand scheme of things our vote doesn't matter to him. The electoral colege makes us a moot point in all but the closest of races. But one thing I do know is this, Obama will lose WV by a landslide this coming election. Even hardline liberals and life-long Democrats are saying "Anybody but Obama". I predict that this coming election may be the most lopsided presidential vote in the history of our state. To see how the people here feel about him one needs to look no further than our state's primary where over 40% of Democrats voted for a Texas prisoner rather than Obama. We love him just as much as he loves us.
05-23-2012, 11:56 AM #19
05-23-2012, 12:09 PM #20