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Obama Invited to Meet Coal Miners Losing Their Jobs Because of EPA Regulations

Obama Invited to Meet Coal Miners Losing Their Jobs Because of EPA Regulations

by CNSNews.com

Mike Kelly

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) holds up a copy of a letter he sent to President Barack Obama at a press conference on July 30, 2014 on Capitol Hill.

(CNSNews.com) – As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds public meetings this week on its latest round of proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s fossil-fuel-fired power plants, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) said President Barack Obama should trade a trip to the golf course for a visit with coal miners across America who are losing their jobs.

“I’ve got an invitation here. This is a letter I sent to the president of the United States,” Kelly said on Wednesday at a press conference outside of the Capitol. “And this is an invitation for him to come to the coal nation.

“I want him to get off of the back nine and come into the mines,” Kelly said. “I want to get his golf cap off and get his hard hat on.”

On June 2, the EPA announced its Clean Power Plan “to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants.”

“Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in the press release announcing the plan. “EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source – power plants.

“By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids,” McCarthy said.

On Monday, EPA announced a series of public meetings on the proposed rule, with the comment period before it becomes finalized ending on Oct. 16.

The executive summary of the rule states: “This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to lower the carbon intensity of power generation in the United States (U.S.). Lower carbon intensity means fewer emissions of CO 2, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. This proposal is a significant step forward in the EPA and states partnering to reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in the U.S.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) opened the Wednesday’s press conference by saying the EPA’s rules have already hurt people in his state.

“In Eastern Kentucky we’ve lost 7,000 coal mining jobs during the Obama years,” McConnell said. “It hasn’t always been that way – we actually gained over 3,000 during the Bush years.”

Jimmy Rose

Jimmy Rose, a finalist on season eight of the television series “America’s Got Talent,” sang his hit song ‘Coal Keeps the Lights On’ for lawmakers and reporters at a July 30, 2014 press conference on Capitol Hill. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

 

Then McConnell introduced Jimmy Rose, a finalist on season eight of the television series “America’s Got Talent,” who sang his hit song “Coal Keeps the Lights On.”

“They went plumb down crazy in Washington.
They’re talking about closing the mines.
They’re gonna bleed us all dry from the inside out.
They don’t care that much about the little man or the calloused hands.
It’s a way of life ’round, just like it’s always been.

Coal keeps the lights on.
My hometown keeps food on the spoon in my youngin’s mouth.
Tires on the truck and a sundress on my baby girl.
Coal keeps the bills paid, the clothes on the backs,
and shoes on the feet in the high school halls of the Mountain Lions
and the Bill County Bobcats on the hill.”

Rose, who is also a military veteran, got a rousing response to his song from both lawmakers and others at the press conference.

Then Kelly echoed Rose’s sentiments in his song by saying that coal is vital not only to coal miners and their families, but the U.S. economy.

“This is coal’s day in court,” Kelly said. “This is our chance to stand up and say what we believe in, what we know is right and what we know is true.

“And we know what is truly American about this,” Kelly said. “The workhorse of this nation’s economy has always been coal.”

Both McConnell and another Kentucky lawmaker – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) – spoke at the press conference about the EPA’s unilateral actions on U.S. energy policy.

McConnell said even if coal production is increasing at rapid rates and without regulation in places like China and India, the United States is suffering under EPA rules.

“And yet here we are in our native country suffering from the policies of this administration and this EPA that’s out of control – as the federal courts have said – and leaving our people in desperate straits,” McConnell said. “It’s time for that to stop.”

Paul said Obama needs “to understand that in our country the legislature passes laws.

“The greenhouse law or regulation won’t pass Congress so he’s going around Congress,” Paul said.

“I say to the president, Come to our state and see the despair,” he added. “But also read the Constitution – this isn’t the way that it should be.”

What is the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)?

What is the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)?

The Environmental Protection Agency is a US Federal government agency established in 1970 to simply protect the environment.  It was designed to protect our air, water, and earth from contaminants that companies and people were putting into these areas.

A very noble cause.  We all want to breath and drink clean water and air.

cows grazing coal plantFor the most part they have done a great job of this.  However, like most government agencies, they have become a tool to carry out various government agendas.  Just like how the IRS became the “muscle” for the Democrats and Obama to oppress the Tea Party (the IRS Targeting Scandal), so too has the EPA become the “muscle” for the Democrats and liberals for various agendas.

The EPA is used to create and enforce regulations that would otherwise not be allowed by the American people.  Congress nor the people would allow certain activities to happen.  So, loosely written laws are enacted that gives the EPA broad powers making things “legal”.

jobs unemployment workBecause of their strict guidelines and huge fines, many companies have to go out of business because they cannot afford to implement the EPA’s necessary corrective actions.  The EPA will say that “the company decided” to go out of business rather than implement their corrective items.  This has a HUGE effect on jobs, the economy, gas prices, and other price increases that directly affect your wallet.  See EPA’s Impact On Job Losses.

Gun Control:
The EPA is being used to push gun control. What? Yes!  This year the EPA forced a plant in Missouri to shut down that produced the lead in bullets.  It was the last remaining plant in the US.  Now all lead comes from Russia, China, and other countries who don’t like us.  These countries can stop shipping to us at anytime or the US can limit or stop the import of these items at anytime. (see story)

Also the EPA is being used to shut down shooting ranges, both indoor and outdoor ranges.  They created environmental regulations regarding lead poisoning that forces these ranges to close because the can’t afford to meet the regulations.

Lead poisoning is very serious and does need requirements and monitoring but not to the level the EPA requires.  Just like the plant in Missouri that had very safe processes in place, so can ranges.

The EPA (and the Democrats) are strangling the gun market by not attacking with a frontal assault but by circling around behind the “enemy” lines and cutting off the supply which will eventually drive up prices making unaffordable for most people.

Oil and Gas:
This is one of the EPA’s primary targets.  They hate the O&G market.  This includes other “fossil fuels” like coal.  They have a mission to shut down every coal plant in the US that makes electricity.

gas pricesObama has an agenda, as seen in this video, to kill all coal plants. The EPA has to approve EVERY new oil drilling site which can take years and in some cases over 5 years!  Over 85% of our energy (gas for cars, electricity for homes) comes from fossil fuels most of which we have to buy from other countries.  But the US is sitting on the most coal and oil than any other place on earth!

Related: Unions Slam Obama Carbon Emissions Rule!

Wood burning stoveIn other EPA news, they are attempting to stop people from burning wood fireplaces even though the emissions from these sources is very minimal and often the only source of heat for some families. (see story).

They also attempt to go after and shut down businesses that do not meet their agenda.  Like the recent “lost” emails at the IRS, the EPA also “lost” emails related to a Congressional investigation over a mine in Alaska. (see story)

There is an agenda and its not affecting your air or water, its effective your wallets and your jobs.