H/t Erick Brockway for the featured image.
Mitt Romney will be paying a visit to Toledo, Ohio on September 26. I hope we are able to have some coal miners in attendance since this has been Obama’s Waterloo in Ohio: alienating the miners with his “war on coal.”
Passage of the bill was a vocal, decisive and bipartisan step forward in telling Obama that enough is enough with his job-destroying energy policies. From the House Energy & Commerce Committee:
“In the ongoing effort to protect jobs and affordable energy, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act. The legislative package passed the full House with bipartisan support by a vote of 233 to 175. This important jobs and energy package, sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), includes key measures advanced by the Energy and Commerce Committee: the Energy Tax Prevention Act, the TRAIN Act, and the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act. The legislation also includes important measures advanced by the Natural Resources Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Obama regularly campaigns on an ‘all of the above’ energy policy. Sadly, that’s exactly what he means, they just don’t tell you about the ‘none of the below’ aspect that has powered a 4 year war on coal. This week alone has seen the loss of 1,200 American jobs:
“On Tuesday this week, we learned of Alpha Natural Resources will be closing 8 mines and laying off 1200 workers. I met with the Alpha CEO shortly after the announcement, and he lamented the administration’s regulatory assault on coal. Sadly, the list of layoffs goes on because of the administration’s ‘all of the above, but nothing from below,’ energy policy,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).”
Rep. Upton further points out just how vital coal is to our struggling economy:
“Coal is the cornerstone of our economy – estimates suggest that every mining job creates an additional 3.5 jobs. We are electricity independent – and we want to stay that way.”
The ‘Stop the War on Coal Act’ is both a jobs bill and one that will curb burdensome regulations. Bankrupting coal seems to be one of the only promises President Obama has kept, and today marks an important step in turning the tide before it’s too late.
For those interested in the presser before the vote on youtube, you can find it here.