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VIDEO: Utah coal company owned by Obama critic blames the president for 102 workers laid off

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Willard M. Romney lost the presidential election, so what's a coal company owner who supported him to do? Why, default to Blame Obama mode, that's what.

Does anyone remember President Obama doing anything to depress the coal industry? I remember him touting "clean coal" (there is no such thing) in his stump speeches. If that doesn't restrict coal production, nothing will.

Unfortunately, that so-called War on Coal doesn't exist:

As for Romney:

But the truth doesn't matter much to Obama critics.

Via KSL-TV:

EAST CARBON, Carbon County — A Utah coal company owned by a vocal critic of President Barack Obama has laid off 102 miners.

The layoffs at the West Ridge Mine are effective immediately, according to UtahAmerican Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. They were announced in a short statement made public Thursday, two days after Obama won re-election.

The layoffs are necessary because of the president's "war on coal," the statement said. The slogan is one used frequently during the election by Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Maybe the owner is like Mitt and likes to fire people.

If a company had done the same thing had Romney won, the GOP would be screaming at the top of their pollution-damaged lungs.

UPDATE: Applebee’s CEO Threatens To Fire Employees And Freeze Hiring Because Of Obamacare

Plus: Las Vegas business owner fires 22 ‘mostly Hispanic’ employees over Obama win

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2003 VIDEO: Coal Miner's Fodder. Romnesia again, Mitt?

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Wowee! Willard M. Romney has a brand new ad out in Pennsylvania!

But oops, David Corn found a little something that Mitt forgot to include:

Romney releases new ad blasting Obama for being anti-coal. But it left out this footage...

— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 30, 2012

So please, allow me:

on May 20, 2011:

2/6/03: Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney attacks the Salem coal plant for killing people, saying it would be cleaned up by 2004. That has not happened. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/20/168188/romney-coal-jobs/

Details schmetails.

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VIDEO: Team Obama hits Mitt Romney over coal miners who were used as props in Romney ad

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(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Remember this? Coal miners: We were forced to attend Romney event, donate, & lost pay when he visited mine to promote coal jobs. Me too. You know who else does? :

Voiceover:

"Seen the coal miners in these ads? Turns out they were told that attendance at Mitt Romney's rally was 'mandatory'. Their mine was closed, lost the pay they needed—all to be props in Romney's commercial."

WWVA News Radio 1170, Host David Blomquist:

"Employees feel they were forced to go, they had to take the day off without pay. They took a roll call. And they had a list of who was there and who wasn't. And felt that they wouldn't have had a job if they did not attend."

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Coal miners: We were forced to attend Romney event, donate, & lost pay when he visited mine to promote coal jobs

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(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WWVA, broadcast Aug. 27, 2012, via Raw Story. David Blomquis interviewed Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore.

So you know that "war on coal" that Team Romney is accusing Team Obama of waging (Psst! Willard! There's no such thing as "clean coal," so maybe the president is actually fighting for the health and well-being of Americans)?

Why, here's Willard now!

If there's a war, it seems it wasn't Obama's doing since he certainly wasn't the one who provoked this reaction from coal miners, via Cleveland.com:

When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

The Pepper Pike company that owns the Century Mine told workers that attending the Aug. 14 Romney event would be both mandatory and unpaid, a top company official said Monday morning in a West Virginia radio interview

A group of employees who feared they'd be fired if they didn't attend the campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio, complained about it to WWVA radio station talk show host David Blomquist.

Raw Story:

Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time,” the employees told Blomquist. “Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events.” [...]

We do not appreciate being intimidated into exchanging our time for nothing. I heard one of your callers saying that Murray employees are well aware of what they are getting into upon hire, or that they are informed that a percentage of their income will go to political donations. I can not speak for that caller, but this is news for me. We merely find out how things work by experience.” [...]

At the time, conservative blogs and websites like The Daily Caller, The Gateway Pundit and Townhall trumpeted the fact that “hundreds of Ohio coal miners attended” the event. Even though the mine was closed on Aug. 14, soot-covered miners were staged behind the GOP hopeful as he spoke.

No surprise there. Everything about the Romney campaign, including the candidate, is superficial and staged.

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Hey, kids! "Coal cares!" Now with free inhaler! (Yes, kidding)

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Added: And yes, this is a spoof site. And check this out: (h/t: NRDC, Natural Resources Defense Council)

ST. LOUIS, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Earlier today, an activist group released a "spoof" website claiming to be sponsored by Peabody Energy. The site is in fact a hoax, making inaccurate claims about Peabody and coal.

Peabody is proud to help hundreds of millions of people live longer and better through coal-fueled electricity. A growing collection of studies demonstrate the correlation between electricity fueled by low-cost coal and improvement in health, longevity and quality of life. The United Nations has linked life expectancy, educational attainment and income with per-capita electricity use, and the World Resources Institute found that for every 10-fold increase in per-capita energy use, individuals live 10 years longer.

Government statistics show that in the United States, coal use has more than tripled in the past several decades while regulated emissions have declined 84 percent. Peabody Energy is a global leader in clean coal solutions and is advancing more than a dozen clean coal projects around the world, leading to our ultimate goal of near-zero emissions from coal.

Find out more at PeabodyEnergy.com or CoalCanDoThat.com.

CONTACT: Meg Gallagher

SOURCE Peabody Energy

Psst! Meg! There is no such thing as clean coal.

Original post:

Hey chums! Searching for the perfect birthday gift for your little tyke? Need a practical Bar Mitzvah present? Live just a tad too close to a coal plant? Have trouble breathing? Dealing with that annoying wheeze and the inability to inhale and exhale? Breathing becoming a real drag?

Wowzers! That's no fun!

Turn that frown upside down, because Coal Cares lets you inhale with pride!

Why Free Inhalers? Because COAL CARES.

Coal Cares™ is a brand-new initiative from Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company, to reach out to American youngsters with asthma and to help them keep their heads high in the face of those who would treat them with less than full dignity. For kids who have no choice but to use an inhaler, Coal Cares™ lets them inhale with pride.

Puff-Puff™ inhalers are available free to any family living within 200 miles of a coal plant, and each inhaler comes with a $10 coupon towards the cost of the asthma medication itself.

That's right, moms and dads, coal is the safest energy there is!

Black lung? Pfft!  Gasping for breath? Lapsing into panic mode? Turning blue?

You're in luck! Coal Cares has the answer! Free inhalers! Chase those pesky asthma blues away with your very own Miley Cyrus edition!

Better yet! Let "The Biebs" resuscitate you! Now that's hawt!

New to asphyxiation? Then My First Inhaler is for you!

And who the heck is this Peabody Energy anyway?

So breathe easy, kiddies, Coal Cares is on the way! Thank you, Peabody! You're the best!

H/t: Blondetwit

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Southern Co. CEO: Coal Industry Is "Under Attack"

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What part of people will get sick and/or die from pollution and climate change don't these jerks understand? What good will making profits do them if the planet and/or its inhabitants are too sick to support them and their piggy little ambitions?

Via the Wall Street Journal:

The CEO of Southern Co., one of America’s biggest electric utilities, blasted a new Obama administration proposal to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants, saying it would cost tens of thousands of jobs and raise energy prices.

Of course, Tom Fanning said this at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce speech. He simply couldn't gush enough about coal and all of its virtues.

Oh it gets worse. Fanning went on to say that the Japanese nuclear plant disaster only proves that more nuclear reactors should be built. Not kidding.

These shortsighted, self-serving, greedy corporate fools have about as much compassion and common sense as your everyday, irresponsible GOP jackasses.

Psst, Tom: There are these pesky little things called consequences. Some things are more important than money, like, you know, healthy, productive lives and a clean, inhabitable environment. You live here, so start taking care of the place.

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Oil, coal, and the real crisis: Climate change

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Big Oil's Katrina and the coal industry's tragedies are eye-opening. However, there is a bigger problem.

Together, [coal and oil] account for the main reason the Earth's climate is gradually changing.

The oil volcano's devastating effect on fishing and tourism, and the workers' deaths are horrific. However, compared to the deaths and financial catastrophe  that global warming will cause, what's happening now is, well, less catastrophic.

You can read the rest in the L.A. Times editorial that includes this:

Climate change is a little like weight loss: When you're on a diet, it's hard to see the fat melting away day to day, but compare photos of yourself before and after losing 20 pounds and the difference is dramatic. Our political system functions well when it's reacting to a discrete disaster such as a mine explosion, but a slow-motion catastrophe such as climate change doesn't spur the same outrage because most people don't see it happening until long after the damage is done. [...]

Lawmakers today aren't seeing the forest for the trees; that will change when the forest has burned or been destroyed by bark beetles, but by then it will be too late.

Slo-mo simply won't cut it. Too little too late won't work. Meanwhile, a climate bill is stalled, because it's an election year, lawmakers are "busy", and then next year, there will be fewer Democrats in Congress.  While they're dragging their feet, Mother Earth is getting sicker.

Of course, Al Gore is the go-to hero when it comes to the subject of  WMD otherwise known as pollution:

Just as the oil companies told us that deep-water drilling was safe, they tell us that it’s perfectly all right to dump 90 million tons of CO2 into the air of the world every 24 hours. Even as the oil spill continues to grow—even as BP warns that the flow could increase multi-fold, to 60,000 barrels per day, and that it may continue for months—the head of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, says, "Nothing has changed. When we get back to the politics of energy, oil and natural gas are essential to the economy and our way of life." His reaction reminds me of the day Elvis Presley died. Upon hearing the tragic news, Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, said, “This changes nothing.”

And that is one of the important points of this post. This changes nothing.

The article I just linked to is a must-read, and has too much information to post here. Please take a look, because it is detailed and jaw-dropping. Here is another excerpt:

Scientists are always careful in the way they describe the cause-and-effect relationship between global warming and such events: It is a mistake, they say, to attribute any single extreme weather event only to global warming, because there is large natural variability in weather—but the odds of extremely large downpours, scientists repeatedly insist, are steadily increasing with global warming, and such events are predicted to become far more common with each passing decade because when water evaporates from the warmer oceans, warmer air holds more of it. [...]

It is understandable that the administration will be focused on the immediate crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. But this is a consciousness-shifting event. [...]  Unless we change our present course soon, the future of human civilization will be in dire jeopardy. Just as we feel a sense of urgency in demanding that this ongoing oil spill be stopped, we should feel an even greater sense of urgency in demanding that the much larger and more dangerous ongoing emissions of global warming pollution must also be stopped to make the world safe from the climate crisis that is building all around us.

And finally, via L.A. Times letters to the editor:

Re "Oil drilling outpaces regulation," May 9

The Times reports that over the last decade, "as [oil drilling] operations have expanded, federal watchdogs haven't adjusted accordingly."

Wasn't that the whole point of the George W. Bush era? Decrease regulation to get government off the back of business and allow companies to regulate themselves?

Isn't this the reason for the mining disaster in West Virginia? Isn't this the same argument the big banks are making now in Congress in opposition to proposed safeguards?

The watchdogs couldn't adjust because they work at the behest of big business.

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Re "Spill could take crippling economic toll," May 7

It's not enough to raise the corporate economic liability limit from $75million to $10 billion, as Congress is proposing. BP would fork over the cash to pay for damages and then immediately go back to drilling.

After this incident, why should we let BP return to this risky business? If it proved to have been negligent, I say revoke its corporate charter and shut down BP for good.

Permanently neutralizing a corporation is not done often nowadays, but why not? We do it all the time with human criminals, by locking them away for life. And since corporations are people under the law, why not give BP the same treatment that would be given to me or you?

A lot of us are angry, but wheels are still spinning, and our planet is still sick. We can't afford to wait to treat it any longer, and not just the symptoms. We must treat the cause.

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