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President Obama's Energy Plan Is Taking Food Off Of Tables In Appalachia

 

"…in coal country, the changes have meant layoffs. Nowhere has been hit harder than eastern Kentucky, where more than 6,000 miners have lost their jobs since January 2012. For each mining job, there are estimated to be at least three directly related jobs, like trucking, that also disappear." (Fox News, 1/16/14)

 

COAL MINER: 'Never Know From Day To Day If You Are Going To Have A Job'

GARY LOCKHART, Coal Miner: "Our biggest worries now are just trying to keep a roof over our heads, food on the table, telling your family that this was all caused by the EPA, directed by our President for his political agenda." (Coal Listening Session, Pikeville, Kentucky, 12/06/13)

  • LOCKHART: "Many of these men who have never asked the government for any kind of assistance in their lives, also having to go home and tell their families that their pay's going to be cut to practically nothing. There'll be very little Christmas this year, no vacations, nothing extra." (Coal Listening Session, Kentucky, 12/06/13)

PHILLIP CONLEY, Coal Miner: "I just believe the Obama administration has taken a huge impact on the coal industry and Appalachia. Anymore, you just never know from day to day if you are going to have a job or not." (Fox News, 1/16/14)

HOWARD ABSHIRE, Coal Miner: 'I say to you, Mister President of the United States… We're hurting.  You say you're the president of the people?  Well we're people too. No one loves the mountains no more than we do. We live here. We crawl between them. We get up every morning and we go on top of a mountain in a strip job in the cold rain, snow, to put bread on the table." (Coal Listening Session, Kentucky, 12/06/13)

  • ABSHIRE: "Come and look at our little children, look at our people, Mr. President. You're not hurting for a job; you've got one. I don't have one." (Coal Listening Session, Kentucky, 12/06/13)

ANITA MILLER, Safety Director: "I've seen friends lose their homes and their cars due to the layoffs… My wish is for the people who are trying so hard to destroy the coal industry would stop for a minute and think about the hot showers they take, the lights they turn on and that first hot cup of coffee in the morning. And remember that it came from electricity powered by coal." (Coal Listening Session, Kentucky, 12/06/13)

JUSTINE BRADFORD, Teacher: "Dear EPA:  Will you please tell Santa Claus all we want for Christmas this year is to be able to work. Here in Eastern Kentucky we too are real people." (Coal Listening Session, Kentucky, 12/06/13)

 

OBAMA ADMIN: 'A War On Coal Is Exactly What's Needed'

DANIEL P. SCHRAG, White House Climate Adviser: 'A war on coal is exactly what's needed' "The one thing the president really needs to do now is to begin the process of shutting down the conventional coal plants. …a war on coal is exactly what's needed." (The New York Times, 6/25/13)

Obama EPA Official: 'Make examples out of people' "The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go into a little Turkish (sic) town somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. And so you make examples out of people..." (Forbes, 4/26/12)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket, even, you know, regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers." (The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/17/08)

 

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