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Attention AFL-CIO, IBEW, Teamsters and UMW Members: Your Christmas Gift From the White House is Here… 116,000 Layoffs

posted at 7:14 pm on September 22, 2011 by

CleanTechnica gleefully reports that effective January 2012, the EPA is scheduled to shut down 20 percent of all coal plants in America.

The EPA will shut down an estimated 20% of the nation’s coal plants through the ground-level ozone rule (the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) ) through cap and trade that is about to be implemented in January 2012. Opponents of the Obama administration’s “over-reaching” EPA say these are costly regulations. Financial analysts estimate that the cost of this rule will be $130 billion by 2015. But if that figure is correct, that’s good news for the US economy.

…Because there is another way of looking at that $130 billion “expense”. One industry’s expense is another industry’s sales bonanza. For the coal industry’s balance sheet, it is an expense, but think about who is going to perform this $130 billion cleanup – fairies? Hardly. This is a job for real American industries…

Consider the raw idiocy behind this line of “reasoning”:

• America’s coal industry employs 126,000 workers directly and another 455,000 workers whose jobs are indirectly dependent upon the coal industry.

• Closing 20% of America’s coal factories will result in the immediate layoffs of about 116,000 workers, many of them union members in the mining, electrical, transportation and service industries.

Blackouts and brownouts will become commonplace: there is no way to shutter roughly 10% of America’s electric generation capacity without causing shortages and rationing.

• And simple supply-and-demand will cause skyrocketing prices for electricity, which will be paid for directly by retail customers (you and I) as well as businesses, which will also pass those costs on to consumers like — yes — you and I.

The executive summary for you hard-working, dues-paying members of the AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Teamsters and the United Mine Workers: the Democrat Party is now aligned with the hard-left Eco-Marxist movement and it is using your money to destroy your jobs.

Remember in 2012.

Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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If the GOP were a party of competent people, they’d be running ads with this info. But it’s not, so it won’t.

angryed on September 22, 2011 at 7:47 PM

This is another example of the broken window fallacy.
The kakistocracy marches on.

single stack on September 22, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Husband works for a power company. The EPA’s regulations have kept him busy in his job as an electrical engineer. Every time they slapped a new reg on the industry the EE’s had to implement the new systems designed to scrub whatever pollutant was now banned. And then the people cry about their electric bills going up. Duh! What do you think happens when a business is forced to make upgrades to their operations. The costs are past on to the consumers!

chrisknits on September 22, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Why does Obummer hate poor people? Obviously he does, since he’s overseeing actions that will force families to do without electricity because of economic considerations.

Or does the lightworker have a solution in mind? Hmmmm.

hillbillyjim on September 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Or does the lightworker have a solution in mind? Hmmmm.

hillbillyjim on September 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Oh,ye of little faith.

All they need do is post a picture of Dear Leader in their living room and bask in the warm glow of his magnificent aura.

Light and heat in one fell swoop!

VelvetElvis on September 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Why does Obummer hate poor people? Obviously he does, since he’s overseeing actions that will force families to do without electricity because of economic considerations.

Or does the lightworker have a solution in mind? Hmmmm.

hillbillyjim on September 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Wrong. This is the crux of the “green” movement as envisioned by folks like Van Jones and Obama. Cripple the carbon-based energy producers with fees, penalties, taxes, and then pass along rebates and subsidies to the “poor”. It’s just another form of wealth redistribution pimped with a thin veneer of “ecological stewardship” bling.

tpitman on September 23, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Welcome to our misery, Union workers. Our biggest differences are, you paid to have this happen. We didn’t. You supported, and got this boob elected. We didn’t!

capejasmine on September 23, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Keep the plants open.

Stoke the fires with liberals and commies.

orbitalair on September 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM

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