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COAL IS KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH
In Alabama alone, the coal industry is responsible for 16,000 jobs. The 4,000 men and women who are directly employed in Alabama coal mining bring home a total payroll of more than $300 million. It’s an economic engine that brings well over a billion dollars to our state.
THE WAR ON COAL IN ALABAMA
The War on Coal is real. It is being waged in the Halls of Congress, across the airwaves of American media, and right here in Alabama.
Through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), President Obama has proposed and passed regulation after regulation that threatens the very future of coal in America. But he’s not acting alone. He is working alongside groups like the Sierra Club and the AARP, whose radical vision for American energy doesn’t include coal, and with lawmakers who have chosen their environmental friends over common sense energy policy.
FIND OUT WHO’S FIGHTING ALABAMA’S WAR ON COAL.
Shutting down coal means killing high-paying jobs. In Alabama alone, the coal industry is responsible for 16,000 jobs. The 4,000 men and women who are directly employed in Alabama coal mining bring home a total payroll of more than $300 million. It’s an economic engine that brings well over a billion dollars to our state.
Recent EPA regulations have already contributed to the closure of 300 coal-fired power units in 33 states, including a 60-year-old coal plant in Utah. There are more that are not yet implemented.
Raising Power Prices
Less use of coal also means higher power prices. States that rely on coal pay rates a third lower than states that don’t. That means higher prices for working families, small businesses, and large manufacturing operations. It means a less competitive American economy and more high-quality jobs sent overseas.
WHO IS BEHIND THE WAR ON COAL?
From the beginning, President Obama has helped lead the fight against coal in the United States.
"So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted."Barack Obama, January 2008
The president has been assisted in this fight by groups such as the Sierra Club, whose Beyond Coal campaign has the express purpose of killing coal jobs.
"With each coal plant that we retire, we are clearing the path for clean, renewable energy that doesn’t make our children sick…"Sierra Club, 3/1/13
Meanwhile, AARP has supported anti-coal measures like carbon taxes and has criticized the United States for its reliance on ‘cheap energy’ like coal.
"…cheap energy - in the form of coal - has brought us increased heart disease, cancer, asthma, learnings disabilities, and neurological disorders in children."Pam Evans, Sustainability Manager for AARP, 10/12/12
How to Fight Back!
Alabama Coal Miners Launch “Coal Jobs Count” Campaign
Montgomery, AL – Today, the Alabama Coal Association and the United Mine Workers of America announced they are joining forces to fight back against those who wish to shut down mining in Alabama. With more than two dozen miners in attendance the groups announced a new initiative to educate the public on the importance of coal jobs in our state, Coal Jobs Count.
Miners throughout Alabama were represented as their colleagues rallied against Obama and his allies War on Coal and Commissioner Terry Dunn’s proposed legislation which jeopardizes the livelihoods of more than 16,000 families in Alabama. .
Coal Jobs Count, Executive Director Tiffany Bittner said this about the families affected, “These families are the people you live next door to or you go to church with maybe your kids play ball together. We are talking about real people, the hard working men and women who get up every day to provide for their loved ones.”
Describing the purpose of Coal Jobs Counts, Bittner went on to say, “With the creation of Coal Jobs Count, we intend to educate our legislators and the public about the efforts to kill coal jobs in Alabama and the disastrous effects this would have on every resident, family and business of our state.”
Also speaking at today’s event was John Box, a 3rd generation coal miner from Tuscaloosa who said of mining “It’s what I know and it’s how I support my wife and 4 kids. I’m here as a man who loves my country and my state. And I take the responsibility for providing for my family seriously. Coal mining has helped build the community where I live. I’m not going to sit by and watch my job be taken away. I ask that you too will join in the fight. It’s time to take a side and fight for these good paying jobs that are important to Alabama.”
These miners and industry leaders stood alongside Senator Greg Reed, (R-Jasper) and Representative Mike Ball, (R- Madison) and other members of the Alabama legislature at the Alabama State House in support of Alabama’s coal industry workers as well as all of Alabama’s energy consumers.
“Standing up to Obama’s war on coal is vital to protecting Alabama jobs. That’s why I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the hard working coal families in this fight.” Senator Greg Reed said.
Representative Bill Roberts emphasized, “The people of Alabama sent me to Montgomery to stand up for them. I will never forget that and that’s why I’m standing strong to fight those who support Obama’s war on Coal. It’s about protecting Alabama jobs.”
In addition to highlighting the fact that San Francisco-based groups have poured millions into Alabama environmental groups to carry out the war on coal, the event highlighted an effort by Alabama Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn which would also hurt Alabama’s coal workers. His bill would allow him to take money from environmental groups while restricting the rights of coal miners and their employers from supporting candidates with a different point of view.
“Our legislators have two choices stand with Obama, radical environmentalist and Terry Dunn in support of a war on coal that kills Alabama Coal jobs or stand with the hard working coal families of Alabama in their fight to keep their jobs,” said Bittner.