Well, it’s not like the state voted for the current President anyway. Hell, the often-strained history between West Virginians and national Democrats stretches back to 1863. Still, this is a little… petty… of the Democratic party, isn’t it?
A Pittsburgh-based coal company, CONSOL Energy, will lay off nearly 500 of its West Virginia workers next year and its CEO blames environmentalists dead-set against mountaintop mining who have waged “nuisance” lawsuits for the job loss.
But CONSOL Energy’s political problems are not unique to the mining industry, which has suffered under the Obama Administration. The Environmental Protection Agency is already holding 79 surface mining permits in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. The EPA says these permits could violate the Clean Water Act and warrant “enhanced” review. And, agency went even further in October, announcing plans to revoke a permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia.
Via Dana Loesch (via Instapundit) which also has video of the President casually talking about strangling future coal power generation: I’d also like to note that this should come as no surprise to anybody. You Were Warned. Repeatedly. I Told You So. Finally, I’m sure that local Democrats Congressmen Alan Mollohan* and Nick Rahall**, Senator Jay Rockefeller, and Senator Robert Byrd’s staff are all quiveringly eager to explain to their constituents why their own political party is using the federal government to promote a Crusade against the state of West Virginia.
Or perhaps they’re just quivering.
*Challenger: State Senator Clark Barnes.
**Challenger: Lee Bias.
Crossposted to RedState.
(H/T: Instapundit) They’re particularly indignant that the President that so many of them supported has decided to let the EPA strangle their state’s core industry via the selective refusal of permits. Which is not surprising, given that this administration’s hatred of the coal industry was not precisely a secret – but still, they’re upset:
West Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III, who supported Mr. Obama’s candidacy, called the EPA moves part of a stealth campaign to stifle the industry.
“Right now, my belief is that they’re trying to kill off surface mining through regulation what they cannot get done through legislation,” Mr. Manchin told MetroNews Talkline, a West Virginia call-in radio program, earlier this month. In West Virginia, 23 permits are being held up, with other affected states being Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
His concern is shared by Sen. Rockefeller (also an Obama supporter) – but may I be blunt? Let me be blunt: nobody cares. Maybe West Virginia Democrats would have gotten a better deal if they had flipped the state. Maybe. But the state went strong for Clinton in the primary, and then went strong for McCain in the general, so they’re pretty much worthless by this administration’s standards.
And, again: this should surprise nobody. The current ruling party’s elites do not want to increase the amount of energy that this country consumes. They want to decrease it, in fact. They are not shy about saying so, either. So there is no excuse for not knowing this all along; and any less at being affronted. Angry, yes – but not affronted.
PS: It should be noted that the Rep. Nick Rahall from Amanda’s article is happy to defend the administration’s hatred of the coal industry. It should also be noted that Rep. Rahall is a 32-year Member of Congress who represents a R+6 district. And he even has a challenger already: Lee Bias, who looks to be very sensible on energy and healthcare policy.
Crossposted to RedState.