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D’oh: Union boss suddenly realizes Obama’s war on coal means losing union jobs

Yes, he’s apparently finally realized that as goes coal, so goes his union (via Labor Union Report).  Interesting comparison to Osama Bin Laden.  My guess is the administration see’s coal in the same sort of light as they viewed bin Laden – an enemy.  And thus, the results of their campaign against it – the loss of jobs, even if they’re union – are acceptable “collateral damage”.

The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine Workers of America said this week.

The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” Cecil Roberts, president of the powerful union, said during an interview Tuesday on the West Virginia radio show MetroNews Talkline.

Roberts blasted Jackson, the EPA administrator, over the proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Opponents of the regulations, including Roberts, say the new rules would be the death knell of the coal industry.

But, will Mr. Roberts actually do anything to actively protect the jobs of his union members?


While the United Mine Workers of America likely won’t actively oppose President Obama’s reelection bid, Roberts said the new EPA regulation could prevent the union from endorsing the president.

“That’s something that we have not done yet and may not do because of this very reason. Our people’s jobs are on the line,” Roberts said, adding that Obama has “done a lot of great things for the country.”

So United Mine Workers, why are you paying the dues to pay this man’s salary?

He certainly has made his choice hasn’t he?  Unquestioning party loyalty over your jobs.  He doesn’t care about them and obviously neither does the president.

I’m sure you’re surprised.


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13 Responses to D’oh: Union boss suddenly realizes Obama’s war on coal means losing union jobs

  • The last election surprised me when it was obvious that many, many coal mine workers voted for Obama. Not just blacks but whites as well. Obama and Biden told them they wanted to put coal out of business, yet they voted for them anyway. How many in the trucking industry voted for Obama? And Obama’s policies will be doing what to fuel prices? But the unions usually walk in lock step with the socialist democrats don’t they.

    • @Johnny Jones: My union emailed us though company information systems (against the company rules) to tell is who to vote for in the 2010 mid-terms. Worse than knowing no shame, they are self-destructively delusional.

      • @Constitution First : When I went to vote in the 2010 election I wore a ballcap with “NO COAL NO ELECTRICITY! written on it. People around me were talking of their “love” of Obama and what a great president he was going to be. The two ladies in line in front of me turned and included me in the conversation. I said “Mam he intends to put half of Ala out of work, why would I want to vote for him?” Oddly she didn’t want to talk to me any more.

  • So sucking up to your fellow traveller didn’t work out so well, eh? Lay down with dogs…

    • @Constitution First …wake up with your leg gnawed off. Or something… As we say in Latin, “Surpris e bus, surpris e bus!”

      • @Ragspierre Obama says that a lot, usually as he’s tossing people under – “Surprise! A bus!” I suspect it’s his training at Constitutional Scholarship…..

  • More rubes self-identify

  • Obama has be f’ing over his own people all along, and if the media on the Right didn’t have a ‘burn them all’ attitude, they’d be able to leverage that and undermine Obama’s re-election bid. It would be a historical slaughter.

  • My experiences in Virginia and West Virginia let me know a long time ago that those bitten by the Union bug would support anyone if the union told them to. I have seen very personally conservative Christian Evangelicals support the most far left wing pro abortion candidates because the Union said so.

    It’s the Union first, second, and third with that backwards mindset. But don’t worry, when they are all unemployed and living on welfare and food stamps I am sure they will find some sort of way to blame the evil Republicans.

  • The stages Kubler-Ross identified are:

    Denial (this isn’t happening to me!) …
    Anger (why is this happening to me?) …
    Bargaining (I promise I’ll be a better person if…) …
    Depression (I don’t care anymore) …
    Acceptance (I’m ready for whatever comes)

  • What kind of an idiot compares their industry to Osama Bin Laden?

    I mean, doesn’t that imply the industry should be killed if its as bad as Bin Laden?