Is there trouble in liberal paradise? Through the years, the Obama Administration has received tremendous support from the unions, which provided him with plenty of votes in both 2008 and 2012. But the new carbon emissions regulations from Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency are being criticized by some unions and the working class Democrats they represent.
Among the union leaders opposed to the new regulations is Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America. He claims that the regulations will leave tens of thousands of the union’s members unemployed. Yeah, no kidding.
In a prepared statement, Roberts said, “The proposed rule…will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.”
An analysis by the union estimates that the regulations will cause 75,000 job losses in the coal sector by 2020, rising to 152,000 by 2035.
Will the loss of support from some unions cause Obama to back down on the EPA’s strict regulations that will seriously damage the coal industry? Unfortunately, no. The War on Coal is something that Obama has been committed to for a long time, and he doesn’t care how many people are negatively affected by it.
He’d much rather make a few billionaire political donors happy than save the jobs of thousands of coal industry workers, especially since he doesn’t have another re-election to worry about. And as Obama himself predicted in 2008, all of us will pay the price when electricity rates soar. Thanks a lot, Barack. Your quest to destroy America is proceeding along nicely.