It is not a good time to be a coal miner, thanks to President Obama and the various agencies he overseas operating by fiat. The regulations they’ve unleashed on the coal industry are destroying jobs every day. So this Friday the House will vote on the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012.” According to State Journal, the bill is comprised of five different measures, four of which have already passed in the House. Those are now all languishing in the Senate thanks to Harry Reid.
So, how bad is Obama’s War on Coal? It’s really bad.
Allen Black is a casualty in the Obama administration’s war on coal.
He worked in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky for two decades earning upwards of $70,000 a year and was financially secure enough to help support his son’s pre-medical studies at a private university.
After losing his job on April 29, Black had no choice but to clear out his retirement savings to supplement his only income of $350 a week in unemployment and is now struggling to take care of his family at home, in addition to his son’s textbooks, food and other college expenses.
“You do what you’ve got to do for your kids,” Black told Human Events last week. “He’s worked hard, he’s earned it, and I’m proud of him. We’ll find a way.”
Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania—the heart of Appalachia—have been hardest hit by nine regulations proposed or finalized by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that critics say will cripple this region’s coal industry.
“There was a massive migration out of Appalachia going north to build cars in the 1960’s because there were no jobs here. Coal is the only industry and when it fails, we all fail. We have another migration but this time we have nowhere to migrate to,” Black said.
“It’s really sad that government policies could make you leave a home where your family has been for generations. I’m not so sure it’s a war on coal so much as it’s a war on Appalachia,” Black said.
Details of the House bill can be found here.
Update: Today another mining company announced hundreds of layoffs.