Archive for October, 2009

Manchin Declares War on EPA

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Governor Manchin is preparing to lead a battle against the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after its decision to review 23 pending coal-mine permits.  He spoke with MetroNews Talkline from Berlin, Germany.

Joining in the war Obama has declared on the economy of West Virginia is Congresswoman Capito.  She expressed her concerns about the economic impact the EPA decision will have on the Appalachian region.

In a related attack on West Virginia is a new Senate climate bill (Cap and Trade) being pushed by President Obama in Congress.  Senators Byrd & Rockefeller are concerned about this legislation today in The Charleston Gazette.

Other soldiers in the WV congressional delegation joining Representative Capito in voting against the American Clean Energy & Security Act (Cap and Trade) in June were Representatives Mollohan & Rahall.

On the front lines already has been the Friends of Coal and a new organization FACES of Coal fighting to protect the economy of West Virginia communities.

Let’s hope Representatives Mollohan & Rahall soon take up arms against the Obama administration as it attempts to shut down the mining industry. 

The votes of our West Virginia delegation are important to the success of the Obama plan to restructure healthcare.  President Obama should think about that when he decides to attack our coal miners, their communities and our economy.

Obama Takes Two Hits at West Virginia in Five Days

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Last Friday world leaders in Pittsburgh for the Group of 20 summit agreed to phase out fossil fuel subsides.  The Obama administration championed the wording of the statement according to The Washington Post.

The wording of the statement was a signal from the world’s most influential nations they are taking an initial step away from the fossil fuels that power their economies.

Five days later the Obama led Environmental Protection Agency has delayed  79 pending coal-mine permits for more detailed reviews by the EPA water quality staff and the Army Corps of Engineers.  Twenty-three of these are in West Virginia.

Add this to the push Obama is making to have Congress pass Cap and Trade legislation that will impact the coal mining industry.

It appears President Obama’s team has declared war on the West Virginia economy.