Labor Leader Lashes Out at Job-Killing EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule

Sean Hackbarth
Free Enterprise

I’m having a strange bedfellows moment. Both a labor union leader and the Wall Street Journal editorial page agree on something: EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas rule is a job-killer.

Let’s start with United Mine Workers of America president Cecil Roberts. To say he is slightly agitated would be an understatement. Earlier this week, he didn’t hold back when he lashed out at EPA’s new proposed greenhouse gas rule that will, in essence, ban new coal power plants. He told West Virginia radio listeners that “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.” The carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that would allow new coal-fired plants to operate “is not commercially available,” said Roberts.

Agreeing with Roberts is the Wall Street Journal editorial page. It points out that this proposed rule will eventually cover all coal-fired power plants. They explain how this will happen…

The article continues at Free Enterprise.

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The notion that President Obama is trying to fire up his “base,” as he prepares for a re-election campaign, raises the question of what constitutes his base. It is becoming increasingly clear that the “workers” he is supposedly concerned about are going to be dismissed or ignored so that wealthy environmental groups can be accommodated.

Consider the words of Cecil Roberts, president of the powerful United Mine Workers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, after EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson made a ruling against coal plants. “The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” Roberts said. Those who missed the news about Jackson shutting down coal plants through executive branch rules and regulations may have been unprepared for the Roberts assault. It was a big story for the media but framed in a way that played down the significance of what is taking place.

For New Generation of Power Plants, a New Emission Rule From the E.P.A.” was the misleading headline over the story in The New York Times. Much more is at stake than just a “new emission rule” that is somehow supposed to affect global warming…

…EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is an environmental zealot who advocates “eco-justice.” In 2010, she received a copy of a “Green Bible” from the liberal National Council of Churches. Her mission is to wage war on the fossil fuel industry in order to build what she calls a “green economy.”…

…Before becoming the EPA Administrator, Jackson served as chief of staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine, who also served as a New Jersey senator before running the MF Global financial group, now embroiled in scandal and corruption over $1.2 billion in missing money. Jackson had been appointed by Corzine to be commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection in 2006…

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