Mining

Obama forces 750 more coal mine layoffs in W.V., Kentucky & Virginia

Posted on June 23, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

“Arch Coal on Thursday announced it will lay off 750 workers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia this summer,” Clarksburg, W.V. NBC affiliate WBOY reports.

Each of those 750 jobs supports at least three other jobs.  Mining officials cited ” a challenging regulatory environment” under Obama as a key cause of the layoffs.

Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, “blamed the federal government, saying the Obama administration is ‘doing its best to move this country away from coal by any means possible,’” WBOY reports.

“What is it going to take for the administration and the EPA to back off?,” Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.V.) asked. “The administration cannot simultaneously claim they’re focused on creating jobs while pushing energy policies that are shuttering plants and destroying jobs. It just doesn’t pass the smell test.

“I recognize that the coal industry is subject to the same market forces as anything else; there will be ups and downs, good times and bad.  But the administration is actively trying to cripple the fossil fuel industry through regulation; the EPA is now Enforcing Political Agendas and it has to stop.”

Imagine 50 Keith Judds. Make Obama hurt.

Posted on May 9, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Dear friend,

Obama told coal employers if elected he would “bankrupt” them.

   Last night coal workers responded, by handing 41% of the West Virginia Democrat primary vote to Keith Judd, who defeated the sitting President of the United States in 10 counties.

Who is Keith Judd?

He’s Inmate #11593-051 and currently resides in a federal prison in Texas.

That’s right, 41% of DEMOCRATS voted for an incarcerated felon instead of their own president, because of Obama’s radical environmental agenda.

In fact, when you count the tens of thousands of Democrats who cast ballots, but refused to vote for president, Barack Obama only got 52% of the DEMOCRAT vote in West Virginia.

That’s an embarrassing rejection.

And it’s putting tremendous pressure on Obama to drop his radical environmentalist agenda to avoid losing West Virginia in November.

Now, imagine that pressure being applied to Obama in all 50 states (or 57, according to him.)

Only American Tradition Partnership can make that happen.

Go here right now to chip in $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 or just $10 to help American Tradition Partnership run hard-hitting ads exposing Obama’s job-killing agenda in key battleground states.

Even just $10 would be greatly appreciate and put to use holding Obama accountable in the states where it hurts him most.

Together we can put a stop to his advocacy of radical environmentalism.

Sincerely,

 

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S.  When Obama’s radical environmental agenda is the issue, even his own party rejects him.  41% of West Virginia DEMOCRATS voted for an incarcerated felon in Texas over Barack Obama after Obama vowed to bankrupt coal.  Obama only got 52% of the Democrat vote.

I need you to go here right now to chip in $10 or more to help American Tradition Partnership run hard-hitting ads exposing Obama’s job-killing agenda in key battleground states.

Families in ‘green’ states suffer while families in energy states find jobs

Posted on August 23, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

 

AOL Jobs News reports:

Energy-producing states have experienced unemployment levels well below those of other states in recent years, thanks in part to a boom in energy exploration that’s been driven by high oil prices…

…North Dakota, Alaska and Oklahoma, all substantial oil producers, along with West Virginia, known for its coal reserves and production, were among the top 10 job creators in the six months ending in June, according to the Gallup Job Creation Index.

North Dakota, which topped the list of 50 states and the District of Columbia, has seen an energy bonanza. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Plains state boosted daily oil production 84 percent in the two years ending March 2011, the most recent data available.

“This is yet more proof the only thing so-called ‘green energy’ powers is unemployment and misery,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director. “Environmentalists’ call for higher priced, less efficient energy drives up the costs of producing goods and services, forcing employers to cut jobs in order to stay afloat.”

“Environmentalists honestly believe they must spread poverty in order to save the planet from mythical threats.”

Nine of the ten worst states for job creation are under Expensive Energy Mandates.  Expensive Energy Mandates are bail-out laws forcing a state’s consumers to buy ‘green’ energy against their will by mandating a specific percentage of a state’s electricity from so-called ‘renewable’ resources.

Failing “renewables” who shower green politicians with campaign contributions, like solar and wind, are included in the mandatory purchasing laws while more realistic renewables, like hydroelectric, are left out by green politicians who like how Expensive Energy Mandates create a political pipeline that converts consumers’ electricity bills into campaign contributions from “green” speculators.

Go here to chip in $10 to support American Tradition Partnership’s grassroots army as we fight to overturn job-killing, market-rigging Expensive Energy Mandates.

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BREAKING: Obama admin announces new ban on jobs

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Donald Ferguson
Obama admin. announces jobs ban
White House refuses to lift moratorium on Arizona mining

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest grassroots advocate of rational environmental policy criticized Monday a White House announcement of a ban on uranium mining jobs across one million acres of Arizona.

“Like his ban on Gulf Coast energy jobs that threw thousands into unemployment, Barack Obama latest job ban throws more working families to the multi-million dollar environmentalist wolfpack,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.

“Arizona is just the start.  Barack Obama plans to soon issue more job bans in states like Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia,” said Ferguson.  “The jobs Obama banned are not in the Grand Canyon and have no effect on the Grand Canyon.  Rather than lead an economy recovery, Barack Obama chose to again mislead.”

“These radical green attacks on jobs are why businesses can’t create jobs under Obama,” said Ferguson.

The Obama administration made the announcement from the Grand Canyon, the first White House announcement made there since Vice President Joe Biden last year promoted “Recovery Summer,” which ended with higher unemployment.  The Obama administration imposed a two-year ban on new uranium mining on 1 million acres of land next to the Grand Canyon.  The jobs ban would have expired in July.

Citing Obama’s ongoing practice of using expanded executive authority to impose policies that would not meet congressional approval, American Tradition Partnership will push for more recorded congressional votes on bills restoring legislative authority back to Congress.

Among the bills promoted by ATP are Sen. Rand Paul’s REINS Act (S.299) which requires all proposed major federal regulations to be approved by Congress and legislation repealing the 1906 Antiquities Act, originally intended to protect small Indian archaeological sites from looters but is now being misinterpreted to declare millions of acres as “national monuments” in order to prevent jobs from being created on them.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to promoting private property rights and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

Another ATP victory: Obama gives up on ‘wildlands’ property grab

Posted on June 2, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

“Interior Secretary Ken Salazar formally announced Wednesday that the Interior Department will not enforce its ‘wild lands’ policy after Republicans won inclusion of a rider blocking funding for the proposal in a recent government-spending package.  Salazar sent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey a memo Wednesday stressing that agency ‘will not designate any lands as ‘Wild Lands,’” The Hill reports.

American Tradition Partnership supporters have been bombarding Capitol Hill with phone calls, petitions, e-mail and letters in opposition to Obama administration plans to use “wildlands” decrees, along with other bureaucratic land grab powers, to declare millions of acres of the United States off-limits to humans in a bid to block energy and resource development.

“While this is a victory for American Tradition Partnership’s large and growing grassroots army, it is a strategic retreat by Obama’s land-grabbing activists,” said ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson.  “Barack Obama is still barreling ahead with plans to shut down jobs by twisting the 1906 Antiquities Act to declare millions of acres of land ‘national monuments.’  And he and Gang Green are still pushing the to lock up millions of acres of land and water through the NREPA land grab and CWRA water grab.”

“Obama hopes this small surrender will take the heat off the White House.  He is wrong.  American Tradition Partnership will push harder than ever to block Obama’s plans to place more and more of American land in the clutches of activist bureaucrats,” said Ferguson.

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More states take action against Obama’s rogue EPA

Posted on January 17, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Barack Obama’s decision to have his radical activists in the EPA wage his war against jobs is forcing states to take action.

Just days after Obama’s rogue EPA shut down an already-permitted West Virginia coal mine, legislators in the Mountain State are rallying around a bill granting the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection authority to grant permits to coal mines that sell their coal for use only within state borders.

“See, with the EPA, there’s regulations. They are not actually laws,” bill sponsor Del. Gary Howell said. “They never go through Congress and are never voted on by our representatives. That creates soft tyranny because we have no choice in the matter.”

“In the past two years, nearly 80 surface mining permits were reviewed by the EPA, but only nine were approved,” the Beckley Register-Herald reports. According to the Register-Herald, “The Intrastate Coal and Use Act would strip the EPA of its right to review permits for intrastate coal operations. The regulatory requirements established by the Clean Water Act, Howell said, would still be enforced, but by WVDEP instead.”

“They’re using the right to review to deny the permits without really denying them,” Howell said. “They just keep them in a constant state of review so they never move forward.”

The bill is modeled after Montana’s Firearms Freedom Act, an ATP-backed bill that nullified federal attempts to use the U.S. Constitution’s “commerce clause” to impose federal laws on guns that are manufactured and sold soley in-state.

Howell’s well-founded concerns about the EPA unchecked, unaccountable powers to simply make up and enforce their own rules would be met by another ATP-backed bill, the “REINS Act” soon to be introduced in Congress.

The REINS Act restores to Congress the sole authority to create and impose major regulations. Under the law, any federal regulation with a fiscal impact for more than $100 million could not take effect unless it is approved in a stand-alone, affirmative vote of both chambers of Congress and signed by the President.

Howell’s bill is authorized by the Ninth and Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantee states and their people the powers not enumerated in the Constitution.