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Union Members Protest EPA’s Coal Plant Closings

From the Daily Caller:

Unions protest EPA regulations causing coal plant closings

By Michael Bastasch | July 15, 2013

In the wake of recently announced coal plant closings, Pennsylvania unions are speaking out against strict federal environmental regulations.

First the unions turn on Obama-Care, and now this? Is there no honor among thieves?

Union members held a rally Friday to protest policies aimed at promoting clean energy, but which local workers believe cripple the coal industry.

“In the war on coal, we are not going to surrender, and you are the soldiers who are going to fight back,”Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy said to the crowd of about 150 workers outside the Boilermakers Local 154 union hall.

We thought only Democrats cared about the ‘little guys,’ like union workers?

Recently it was announced that FirstEnergy Corp. was shuttering two Pennsylvania coal plants due to poor market conditions and strict Environmental Protection Agency rules. The EPA’s Mercury Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, would require the company spend $275 million to upgrade the two plants.

There have been scores of US coal plants closed down for these same reasons over the last four years.

“Make your case with the American people. Have some accountability. But what’s been happening with the EPA and other groups is they have no accountability,” Murphy said. “They come up with regulations and they don’t explain them to us. Well, I’m going to make sure they do, and when they do I’m going to make sure it’s done with scientific rigor and not just someone making up a formula and saying that’s the way it’s going to be.”

They have their proof of ‘global warming.’ (Which stopped 17 years ago.) What more "scientific rigor" do they need?

Murphy has been critical of EPA actions on coal, and has sent acting administrator Bob Perciasepe a letter asking information on the data used to calculate the benefits of clean air regulations.

“Congressman Murphy’s always been on the side of labor, and he knows this is a big labor issue. If they shut those two plants down, it’s an attack on coal is what it is,” said Raymond Ventrone, the business manager for Boilermakers Local 154…

Existing regulations plus new ones in the pipeline are projected to close more than 280 coal plants in the coming years, according to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Gee, that’s almost as many coal plants as the Chinese build in a year.

“If the Obama administration fails to recognize the environmental progress the industry has made and continues to adopt more regulations, coal power could cease to exist, which would be devastating for our economy,” said Mike Duncan, the organization’s president.

Er, we hate to be the ones to tell you, Mr. Duncan, but that is exactly the idea.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Union Members Protest EPA’s Coal Plant Closings”

  1. All because of a hoax! I subscribe to a few science channels on YouTube and many of the scientist studying the sun are warning about the coming Ice Age.

  2. Bumper stickers out here (massive deposits of low sulphur coal)

    Black Power is Coal. Not Obama.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Ah, so, it’s coming out now. Obama’s plan to have everyone fighting. Best distraction ever invented.

  4. USSFreedom

    Now, the Union masterminds are feeling the wheels of the bus crushing their dues paying base after urging(Demanding) their members to vote for the smartest man in the room. You know, the one with the fine crease in his trousers, that qualfied him to be a great President. Loss of wages, benefits and a big dip in the strike fund balance.


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