Coal Miners Get A Little Too Much State Intervention

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

     The following illustrates the mistake made when assumptions are not questioned. The world is not warming, it’s most probably cooling. Thence, there can be no greenhouse gases. When all sides of a debate agree on nonsense, the debate is nonsense. The debate over the “allowable level of greenhouse gases” is nonsensical because there is no greenhouse effect. The following is also an example of how statists, in the form of a union, wholeheartedly support another statist, Barack Obama who then acts against them on the basis of the aforementioned nonsense, greenhouse gases. UMWA is United Mine Workers of America. I wonder if they’re that united now.

Coal Miners Union In Full Revolt After Supporting Obama In 2008
Michael Bastasch

During the 2008 campaign, UMWA had originally thrown its weight behind former North Carolina Democratic Sen. John Edwards during the primaries. But after he dropped out of the race, the coal miners union heartily endorsed Obama — even though he had lost primaries in the coal-heavy states of Kentucky and West Virginia to Hillary Clinton.

“Senator Obama shares the values of UMWA members and our families,” union president Roberts said in 2008. “He understands and will fight for the needs our members have today and the hopes our members have for a secure future for themselves and their families.”

According to the Associated Press, UMWA was “unanimous in picking Obama for its endorsement.” The union, which at the time represented 105,000 active and retired coal workers in the U.S. and Canada were one of many major unions to throw in with Obama.

“Senator Obama will fight to preserve American jobs, not ship them overseas in greater and greater numbers,” Roberts said in his endorsement. “Senator Obama will make sure that the nation’s mine safety and health enforcement agency actually enforces the law, instead of coddling mine operators who repeatedly and willfully violate the law.”


   Any politician vowing to protect jobs will inevitably support policies which reduce jobs as the study of history shows. Remember Smoot-Hawley.

But while UMWA was enthusiastically supporting Obama, the then-senator was making some very telling statements about his plans for energy policy, in particular what he planned to do with the coal industry.

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, he stated his energy plan would “bankrupt” coal plant owners, adding that “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” under his cap-and-trade system.


   Ah, the stink of foolish policies. Coal emissions can be scrubbed as clean as baby’s breath and cap and trade must be mandated to even look like it’s working. Where are the carbon exchanges of yesteryear?

“So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted,” Obama told the SF Chronicle.


    As predicted by many political analysts and I modestly include myself. Obama’s election was a disaster.

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket, regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I’m capping greenhouse gases,” Obama added. “Coal power plants, natural gas, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money onto consumers.”

It wasn’t long after Obama won the 2008 election that Democrats in Congress attempted to push through cap-and-trade — which was defeated in 2010. But the defeat in Congress was made up for by Obama’s regulatory branch — namely, the Environmental Protection Agency.

In late 2009, the EPA made its “endangerment finding” which classified carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as harmful to human health because they caused global warming when emitted from power plants.


    There is much more, but the coal miners supported Obama and he betrayed them by making their jobs disappear. Oh, the irony.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


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