Mine union boss: Coal industry could suffer same fate as bin LadenThere is a certain irony in the fact that Cecil Roberts brings up the name of Osama bin Ladin. For in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia Barack Obama is about as popular these days as the terrorist-turned-fish food was a few years ago.
By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill
The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine Workers of America said this week.
“The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” Cecil Roberts, president of the powerful union, said during an interview Tuesday on the West Virginia radio show MetroNews Talkline.
Roberts blasted Jackson, the EPA administrator, over the proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Opponents of the regulations, including Roberts, say the new rules would be the death knell of the coal industry.
New coal-fired power plants would have to install technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions in order to comply with the rules. The technology, known as carbon capture and storage (CCS), “is not commercially available,” Roberts said.
“This rule is an all-out, in my opinion, decision by the EPA that we’re never going to have another coal-fired facility in the United States that’s constructed,” Roberts said.
The union chief used colorful language to underscore his point.
“I noticed this past week the vice president was talking about the campaign and he mentioned that Osama Bin Laden was dead and General Motors was alive,” Roberts said. “He should have gone on to say that the coal industry is not far behind with respect to what happened with Osama Bin Laden.”
Roberts's comments underscore the vehement opposition to the new EPA regulations in coal states whose economies rely heavily on the fossil fuel. [link]
I wonder if Mr. Hope&Change will be coming down here once again to tell the locals how many jobs and how much opportunity he intends to bring to this tortured area ... some ... day.