Finally a victory against Obama’s “war on coal”


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.”

Today with bi-partisan support the House passed H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act. Please see my previous article for background.

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. 

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks and Grumpy Elder.

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September 22, 2012 9:40 am

Three Dems who voted No from Ohio, and one Dem who voted No from Kentucky should take a big hit for their vote from the voters in their district. Ohio and Kentucky both depend on coal a LOT.
The GOP nominees to defeat these four are Joe the Plumber, Jim Renacci, Marisha Agano, and Brooks Wicker.

September 22, 2012 10:50 am

Thanks for keeping us up to date, LIO. We must keep winning these little skirmishes until the apparatus is so weakened it’s legs collapse from under it. When the forces of freedom again hold sway, America will be stronger than ever.

September 22, 2012 11:05 am

really do appreciate your updates from Ohio and if thousands of coal miners don’t show up then they deserve whats coming to them! I expect each and every American to vote their wallet, period! If you are making nothing, you will get a job under Romney, if you are making crap, you will more under him, if you are middle class you will end up in the upper middle class at the end of his 8yrs and if you are upper middle class and work smartly and hard you too could end up RICH! its all aspirational, lets git r… Read more »

Kenny Solomon
Kenny Solomon
September 22, 2012 11:31 am

So then, if – a huge “if” – if this gets through the Senate and then sent on to El Guapo, how fast will he grab a big Sharpie® and in big, bold block letters write VETO and then under it “Why ?…… Because ‘yes I can.”

Sorry to be a rather soaked blanket, but let’s get a tad real here, shall we ?