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United Mine Workers calls it quits for Obama

Best news I’ve heard in a long time. A union dropping out of endorsing Obama.

The United Mine Workers of America, a prominent Democratic union and avid supporter for President Obama in 2008, is at its breaking point with the Obama administration’s “War on Coal.” After calls from their ‘rank and file’ – who’ve seen plants closed, pink-slips and jobs threatened at the hands of President Obama’s EPA – the UMWA is sitting this one out. Pretty telling of the changing tides when even UMWA officials can’t remember the last time they didn’t endorse a presidential candidate.

Coal miners’ aren’t buying into an Obama 2nd term, and neither are the  millions of Ohioans who rely on the coal industry in their local communities to create jobs and put food on the table. The president’s regulatory policies have hindered recovery in the Buckeye State, most notably in the energy sector.  His EPA has relentlessly attacked Ohio’s coal industry, which provides both jobs and affordable energy.  Thanks to the president’s excessive regulations many plants in Ohio—and neighboring states—have been and will be forced to close leaving hardworking Ohioans without jobs.

This November, Ohio and hopefully West Virginia will instead look to Governor Romney’s plan for all-of-the-above energy policies that will harness our domestic energy resources and help create jobs in here and around the nation.

“As of right now, we’ve elected to stay out of this election,” said Mike Caputo, a UMWA official and a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. “Our members right now have indicated to stay out of this race, and that’s why we’ve done that…. I don’t think quite frankly that coalfield folks are crazy about either candidate.”

“Our members count on coal-fired power plants and burning of coal to keep jobs,” Caputo said. “We’re a very Democratic union and we try to listen to the rank and file. They’ve sent a clear message that they’re not supportive of the environmental rules that are being put in place.”

The job-killing regulations of the EPA and Obama Administration are at fault for the job loss and the devastation of the mining industry. Several coal plants are set to close in Ohio, one coal burner near my home will be shuttering 3 out of 4 of its coal burners on September 1. Can’t afford to put in the millions of dollars the greedy environmentalists demand to keep the electricity on.

UMW may not be endorsing Romney, at least at this point but it appears we have detente. I’ll accept that for now.

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks

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  1. Makes you wonder if any of the rank and file would like a refund on their union dues since their own monies are being used to destroy not only their livelihoods, but their own reasonable access to affordable energy. 

    Well, maybe they’re not entitled to a refund, they didn’t pay attention when Obama indicated he was going to bankrupt the coal industry.  And they’ve paid no attention over the years to the radical environmentalists who control the EPA and associated regulatory agencies.   

    • Couple weeks ago a radical environmental group protested at a coal mine in southern WVA. They confronted the miners who chased them away, then they blocked the road and were promptly arrested. OWS was asking for donations for their bail which was $25k a piece. I don’t know if they are still in the pokey or not but at least the miners seem to be getting it.

      Personally I would like to see Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson in orange jumpsuits. Salazar has refused to turn over documents relating to EPA/BLM rewrite of coal regs. Doc Hastings finally got subpoena power last week, lot of good it will do.

      Obama hired a company to do a study on how many jobs would be lost with the new regs on water. After the company put out its report and it was way high, Obama fired the company. I don’t think they got paid either. This admin is just like the Mafia.

  2. Good for you UMW. Someone needs to stand up and hit Obama where it hurts the most, in his campaign coffers. He’s not on your side. He cares more about radical environmentalists that want to destroy your jobs and bankrupt your industry. 

  3. He supports other sustainable sources of energy, so this makes perfect sense.  Coal workers may end up with less toxic ways to make energy like windmills,building solar panels, etc.  The electrical union in Columbus, ohio built two solar panels to run the equipment for two stages of musicians and went the sun went down the battery kicked in. Clean and healthy for the workers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Posted this article on Wisconsin ” women for walker” FB. Page. Good job. We are in this together. Democrats killed a mining bill in our state. We had miners voting for walker. When I find the link, I will post what a union leader said to democrats at a democrat meeting.

  5. great to see a union that doesn’t have their head so far up the Democrat Party’s butt that they can’t hear.

    In this case I am happy to settle for a “no endorse”. Someday soon, perhaps actively endorsing the job-supporting, business-supporting party might be considered.

  1. Makes you wonder if any of the rank and file would like a refund on their union dues since their own monies are being used to destroy not only their livelihoods, but their own reasonable access to affordable energy. 

    Well, maybe they’re not entitled to a refund, they didn’t pay attention when Obama indicated he was going to bankrupt the coal industry.  And they’ve paid no attention over the years to the radical environmentalists who control the EPA and associated regulatory agencies.   

    • Couple weeks ago a radical environmental group protested at a coal mine in southern WVA. They confronted the miners who chased them away, then they blocked the road and were promptly arrested. OWS was asking for donations for their bail which was $25k a piece. I don’t know if they are still in the pokey or not but at least the miners seem to be getting it.

      Personally I would like to see Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson in orange jumpsuits. Salazar has refused to turn over documents relating to EPA/BLM rewrite of coal regs. Doc Hastings finally got subpoena power last week, lot of good it will do.

      Obama hired a company to do a study on how many jobs would be lost with the new regs on water. After the company put out its report and it was way high, Obama fired the company. I don’t think they got paid either. This admin is just like the Mafia.

  2. Good for you UMW. Someone needs to stand up and hit Obama where it hurts the most, in his campaign coffers. He’s not on your side. He cares more about radical environmentalists that want to destroy your jobs and bankrupt your industry. 

  3. He supports other sustainable sources of energy, so this makes perfect sense.  Coal workers may end up with less toxic ways to make energy like windmills,building solar panels, etc.  The electrical union in Columbus, ohio built two solar panels to run the equipment for two stages of musicians and went the sun went down the battery kicked in. Clean and healthy for the workers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Posted this article on Wisconsin ” women for walker” FB. Page. Good job. We are in this together. Democrats killed a mining bill in our state. We had miners voting for walker. When I find the link, I will post what a union leader said to democrats at a democrat meeting.

  5. great to see a union that doesn’t have their head so far up the Democrat Party’s butt that they can’t hear.

    In this case I am happy to settle for a “no endorse”. Someday soon, perhaps actively endorsing the job-supporting, business-supporting party might be considered.

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