Jack, and… well, this is a family website.
Some labor unions, groups generally considered loyally Democratic, rebelled on Monday after the EPA released its new regulations, which studies have suggested will carry hefty economic costs.
United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) president Cecil Roberts blasted the proposal, saying it would leave tens of thousands of the union’s members unemployed.
“The proposed rule … will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions,” Roberts said in a statement.
According to a UMWA analysis, Roberts said, the rule will cause 75,000 job losses in the coal sector by 2020, rising to 152,000 by 2035.
…And? The government will happily put the unemployed workers on welfare. As long as they keep voting Democratic, of course. If not, well: it’s all about what you can do for the Democratic party, and not the other way around. And ‘cutting checks’ only counts if your faction is the one cutting the largest checks.
Via Hot Air.
PS: Next time – assuming that the Democrats leave anything left of the coal industry by the time that actual grown-ups are running the country again – I suggest that the UMWA start voting and supporting their freaking class interests. Because they ain’t supporting them now.