Coal hurting Obama’s chances in swing states

posted at 10:25 am on March 7, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Hot Air Memo to GOP:

Dear Republicans,
When you finish up letting the Democrats lead you around by the nose over things like which radio show host said what about who and where to buy the cheapest birth control pills, you might want to stop by some of the Rust Belt swing states and ask the folks there how things are going. In particular, check in with them in terms of how much it will be costing each voter this summer to keep the lights turned on and whether or not the workers at a number of coal fired power plants know where to go file for unemployment.

Best Regards,

Jazz

As gasoline prices continue to rise and keep the heat on President Obama’s energy policies, critics also are accusing the president of shifting support away from the coal industry, a major source of fuel and jobs in several battleground states, including Colorado, Michigan and Ohio.

Lawmakers on both sides of the partisan aisle say Obama administration environmental regulations aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissionsare poised to hit jobs and consumers harder than the Keystone XL decision at the same time the president seems to have abandoned his stated support for the coal industry and clean-coal technology…

In late February, a bipartisan group of 219 members of Congress led by Reps. Ed Whitfield, Kentucky Republican, and John Barrow, Georgia Democrat, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget calling for a stop to the EPA’s greenhouse gas rule-making.

“Affordable, reliable electricity is critical to keeping and growing jobs in the United States, and such a standard will likely drive up energy prices and threaten domestic jobs,” they wrote. “Forcing a transition to commercially unproven technologies could send thousands of jobs overseas and raise electricity rates on families and seniors at a time when the nation can least afford it.”

We’re talking about an estimated 180,000 jobs between direct power plant employment and related support industry activity. We’re also looking at a hit to the power grid amounting to 12% of the electricity we generate. As those plants go offline, something is going to have to take up the slack, and even three new nuclear power plants won’t manage it. (Not to mention they won’t be on line for at least four years, if not longer.)

I know this may seem like dry, boring stuff to some of you busy people in Washington, DC. It’s just not one of those sexy, exciting topics that get you face time on the Sunday morning shows. But if you want to impress the people in some of the most critical states in the fall battle, try keeping them employed and stopping their utility bills from going through the roof. What a novel idea, eh?


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Heh. Good! Let his own words (and record) come back to haunt him.

UltimateBob on March 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

What? After he developed all those coal-burning cars?

rhombus on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Dear Republicans,

When you finish up letting the Democrats lead you around by the nose over things like which radio show host said what about who and where to buy the cheapest birth control pills, you might want to stop by some of the Rust Belt swing states and ask the folks there how things are going. In particular, check in with them in terms of how much it will be costing each voter this summer to keep the lights turned on and whether or not the workers at a number of coal fired power plants know where to go file for unemployment.

Best Regards,

Would mind terrible if we e-mailed that to the GOP so they can get their heads out of thei… the ground for once?

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Can I sign that memo too?

BigGator5 on March 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Best Regards,

Jazz

Jazz, you magnificent bastage you. This is weapons-grade snark here.

Well played sir, very well played.

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Obamie the commie, along with his comrades at the EPA are trying to put our lights out and they are doing a fine job of it.

Pretty soon you won’t be able to afford electricity, here are 5 Coal-Fired Power Plants Shutting Down.

The Leftist are having their way, they are destroying the American Economy over the hoax of man-made Global Warming and it looks like we are powerless to stop it.

Axion on March 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

We will all get a lump of coal in our stocking this Christmas…

Just don’t burn it.

Thanks President Scrooge.

Electrongod on March 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Dude..you’re such a bitter clinger. Coal is dirty. You must hate children and women.

HumpBot Salvation on March 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

you know what used to run on lots and lots of coal? Trains–that also ran on railroads, built by unions. Good times good times.

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

You actually think the stupid party, aka republican party, will do something smart and go after Barack? LOL LOL LOL

I needed the laugh.

BroncosRock on March 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Coal Obama hurting Obama’s chances in swing states

Fixed.

hillsoftx on March 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Barry wants to retrain them to mine algae.

NoDonkey on March 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Hold on to that for a couple more months. There is time.

cozmo on March 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I’ve started training hamsters to row a small boat to generate power for my house like that guy in the commercial on TV.

docflash on March 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

docflash on March 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM
If you just started, then you should get them trained by election.

BigGator5 on March 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

But but but…Rush apologized. And Sandra Fluke might just sue him. This is what is important. I NEED PILLS.

NJ Red on March 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The irony is a lot of the same “sluts” that voted for 0bama are the ones losing their jobs. Pennsylvania is a perfect example. I say good for them.

Will_Hal on March 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Would mind terrible if we e-mailed that to the GOP so they can get their heads out of thei… the ground for once?

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Chip…I don’t think they read their emails…and their heads find it dark up there.

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

We will all get a lump of coal in our stocking this Christmas…

Just don’t burn it.

Thanks President Scrooge.

Electrongod on March 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Beat me to it….

Turtle317 on March 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Here’s a sign of real progress: The Beginning Of The End Of Wind

“To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero. Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates)…”

Love that last line.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Speaker John can’t go after Barack on his green energy policy because the New York Times will yell at him. He don’t want to be call out by the New York Times.

BroncosRock on March 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Quick, somebody say solar power is for sluts!

Jim Treacher on March 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

We will all get a lump of coal in our stocking this Christmas…

Just don’t burn it.

Thanks President Scrooge.

Electrongod on March 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Republican ad: send Obama a lump of coal instead of a campaign contribution.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Did the people who voted for Obama last time not believe him? Something about “fool me once…….”.

Tater Salad on March 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

As those plants go offline, something is going to have to take up the slack,

Silly boy, rainbow-colored, carbon free unicorn farts will power the grid. Along with solar, when the sun is shinning and wind, when the wind is blowing. You know, really RELIABLE energy.

Here’s a thought. Disconnect Washington from the grid, allowing them only solar and wind power.

GarandFan on March 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I will enjoy paying higher gas and electricity prices in the short term if it means the demise of Obama
and the Democratic party. I am too old to care who needs to get laid.

redguy on March 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

But but but…Rush apologized. And Sandra Fluke might just sue him. This is what is important. I NEED PILLS.

NJ Red on March 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The lesson learned from all that Fluck talk last week:
If you want to have your lifestyle paid for by someone else…
Just get Rush to call you a name on his show..
The leftest new shows, talk shows, magazines, etc…
Will pay you handsomely for your lifestyle…

The pre-requisite: You have to be a Leftist.

Electrongod on March 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Greenergy….you can’t see it, hear it, touch it, or smell it, but it’s just sitting there waiting to be harnessed.

antipc on March 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Here’s to hoping for the hottest d_mn summer on record. When people literally DIE in their homes due to the power grid failing, let’s see the POTUS tap dance then. (Those that succumb will be contributing to the fall of socialism just as much as those that have fallen on the battlefield and I will pray for their souls.)

Bring on the HEAT!

Carnac on March 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Quick, somebody say solar power is for sluts!

Jim Treacher on March 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

but obama is a whore.

upinak on March 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Republican ad: send Obama a lump of coal instead of a campaign contribution.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

This is a GREAT idea. I’m in.

NJ Red on March 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Dude..you’re such a bitter clinger. Coal is dirty. You must hate children and women.

HumpBot Salvation on March 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

^^ Is this the new troll thing?

upinak on March 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Don’t they understand that their struggle is in the name of social justice?

Transpo on March 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Dear Republicans,
When you finish up letting the Democrats lead you around by the nose over things like which radio show host said what about who and where to buy the cheapest birth control pills…

Old and busted: Being led around by the Democrats about talk radio and contraception.

New and hot: Being led around by so-called conservatives demanding that Romney say outrageous things about the President.

rogaineguy on March 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

What? After he developed all those coal-burning cars?

rhombus on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

NICE! +1

kirkill on March 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Maybe you’re better off if you power your home with a pill, with The Pill, provided to you thanks to me, your humble Sugar Daddy.

MNHawk on March 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

rogaineguy on March 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Is your real name John McCain?

NJ Red on March 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

BroncosRock on March 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

That’s better than the National Socialist Left’s attacks on liberty.

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

good thing our likely nominee is for traditional fossil fuel power….oh, wait.

8 weight on March 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Would you mind terribly if we e-mailed that to the GOP so they can get their heads out of thei… the ground for once?

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Chip…I don’t think they read their emails…and their heads find it dark up there.

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Sometimes I get the inkling that the GOP elite thinks it’s know better than us grunts in the trenches.

The fact they get rolled every other day by El Presidente Downgrade and his merry band of Socialists Nationale should really disabuse of that idea.

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

When you finish up letting the Democrats lead you around by the nose over things like which radio show host said what about who and where to buy the cheapest birth control pills, you might want to stop by some of the Rust Belt swing states…

I know many in HA that do “muuuuuuuu”!

nathor on March 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Greenergy….you can’t see it, hear it, touch it, or smell it, but it’s just sitting there waiting to be harnessed.

antipc on March 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Sort of like perpetual motion.

PatriotGal2257 on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

The lesson learned from all that Fluck talk last week:
If you want to have your lifestyle paid for by someone else…
Just get Rush to call you a name on his show..
The leftest new shows, talk shows, magazines, etc…
Will pay you handsomely for your lifestyle…

The pre-requisite: You have to be a Leftist.

Electrongod on March 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

snarky snark!

nathor on March 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Dude..you’re such a bitter clinger. Coal is dirty. You must hate children and women.

HumpBot Salvation on March 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

^^ Is this the new troll thing?

upinak on March 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Naah, Humpbot is one of the good guys. He’s just being snarky.

UltimateBob on March 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Will_Hal on March 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This Pennsylvanian didn’t.

PatriotGal2257 on March 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

…something is going to have to take up the slack.

Power for residential HVAC systems shall be provided by Chevy Volts running in reverse.

Problem. Solved.

Tsar of Earth on March 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Here’s a sign of real progress: The Beginning Of The End Of Wind

“To the nearest whole number, the percentage of the world’s energy that comes from wind turbines today is: zero. Despite the regressive subsidy (pushing pensioners into fuel poverty while improving the wine cellars of grand estates)…”

Love that last line.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I read that the cost of wind power is dropping as well…
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-06/wind-turbine-prices-dropped-4-in-second-half-of-2011-bnef-says.html
time will tell if this wind power mania was indeed a long term wise investment or a blunder as most statists policy seem to be.

nathor on March 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation

We have long lamented the fact that Pennsylvania is RED with the exception of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and a few isolated hot spots around Harrisburg and Erie which outvote us (fraud, Black Panther intimidation and the dead….move along, nothing to see here) time after time. Hopefully some of the die-hard blue voters will recognize what Obama is doing to our country in time for the upcoming election and vote ABO (anyone but Obama).

pipedream on March 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

This. ^^^

It’s called the “Pennsylvania T” by some. Liberal pundits, of course, like to say that the base and the top of the T is made up of those Red state rubes, and all the “good voters” vote for the Democrats.

PatriotGal2257 on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Don’t they understand that their struggle is in the name of social justice just us?

Transpo on March 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Fixed it.

platypus on March 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

We’re also looking at a hit to the power grid amounting to 12% of the electricity we generate

- and it’s looking like a long hot summer.

humdinger on March 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Obama administration environmental regulations aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissionsare poised to hit jobs and consumers harder than the Keystone XL decision

Obama’s Keystone XL decision is just a stall to give the EPA time time write the regulations that will prevent oil from the oil sands from being imported.

agmartin on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Here’s a thought. Disconnect Washington from the grid, allowing them only solar and wind power.

Only problem is that there’s enough hot air (pun intended) in DC to keep the grid running for a loooooong time.

College Prof on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Barack Hussein Obama in 2008:

“electricity prices will necessarily skyrocket”
“if somebody wants to run a coal plant, we will make it prohibitively expensive”

Looks like things are working out according to plan…

Antivenin on March 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Greenergy….you can’t see it, hear it, touch it, or smell it, but it’s just sitting there waiting to be harnessed.

antipc on March 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Sort of like perpetual motion.

PatriotGal2257 on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

The problem isn’t thermodynamics or casual physics.

Please support my infinite energy security initiative by having your congressman vote for the intermittent time reversal funding project, whereby tax dollars will prove that by reversing time even entropy works in your favor.
/

tomg51 on March 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Only problem is that there’s enough hot air (pun intended) in DC to keep the grid running for a loooooong time.

College Prof on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Then build a giant HRSG (heat recovery steam generator) to power a turbine/electric generator to capture it.

However, you will need some rather expensive high alloy tubes for the boiler as that “hotgas” (hotgas – pun intended) is rather sour and corrosive.

Kermit on March 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Quick, somebody say solar power is for sluts!

Jim Treacher on March 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Thread Winner!

BigGator5 on March 7, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Obama’s Keystone XL decision is just a stall to give the EPA time time write the regulations that will prevent oil from the oil sands from being imported.

agmartin on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Wrong!

Canadian Syncrude is the replacement crude for ONLY that crude imported from Venezuela for certain refineries configured to process it efficiently and economically.

Kermit on March 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Groan!!!

I’ve been griping about this since 2008…

Coal mining areas

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_mining_in_the_United_States

Further information: Coal mining and Major coal producing regions
Further information: List of coal mines in the United States

Twenty-six states produce coal.[3] The major coal-producing states are (in descending order as of 2000, with annual production in thousands of short tons):[4][5]

Wyoming (338,900).
West Virginia (158,257)
Kentucky (130,688) (see Coal mining in Kentucky)
Pennsylvania (74,619)
Texas (49,498)
Montana (38,352)
Illinois (33,444)
Virginia (32,834)
North Dakota (31,270)
Colorado (29,137) (see Coal mining in Colorado)
Indiana (27,965)
New Mexico (27,323)
Utah (26,656)
Ohio (22,269)
Alabama (19,324)
Arizona (13,111)

Total United States: 1,437,174

Twenty six states- that’s 52 senators!!!

patch on March 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Could somebody please tell Money Mitt to $spend $ome ad$ on this, against Obama, and not against Gingrich and Santorum? This could be a real electoral winner!

Steve Z on March 7, 2012 at 1:58 PM

tomg51 on March 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM

LOL!

PatriotGal2257 on March 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Obama’s terrible policies have been well chronicled on this blog, and if they are, in fact, terrible (as I believe they are), then they ought to be producing terrible effects. I think we can say that the sucky economy, which has refused to recover from the recession, is largely to due to Obama’s anti-growth regulatory policies, and as we see in this article, his energy policies.

Folks, a lot of people have showing discouragement about Republican prospects this November. We shouldn’t be worried. Since Obama’s policies are terrible, they will continue to produce pain for the American people; this isn’t something we wish for, but if Obama wants to hoist himself with his own petard, it is not for us to stop him. If gas hits $6.00 a gallon this summer, there will be no recovery, inflation will be killing everybody at the grocery store, and on top of that, if we’re short power by 12%, as this article suggests, we should be seeing blackouts, accompanied by the rioting and looting that usually goes along with them, especially in tough times. If this summer isn’t a major, all-time clusterfark, I will be very surprised. Not to mention which, if we’re withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, major upticks in Taliban mischief ought to be hitting the news as well. As a famous British politician supposedly replied, when asked what it is that all sitting political leaders fear, he said, “Events, dear boy, events!” The events that will be clouding Barak Obama’s horizon will be directly traceable to policies of his own devising. All the spinning in the world won’t help him. He’s already said too much.

smellthecoffee on March 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Lose your decent paying job in coal or coal powered electricity. Find a low paying job in the food services industry. Lose house, move family into apartment in crime ridden neighborhood. Get on the dole. It’s called shared sacrifice people. I told you all about it last year. Weren’t you paying attention?

Now where were we, $100 skins, closest to the pin on par 3′s, greenies and sandies?

FineasFinn on March 8, 2012 at 7:58 AM