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Top Obama EPA Official: Obama Coal Regs Will Be "Painful Every Step of the Way"

Back in 1992, in his speech to the Republican National Convention, Pat Buchanan railed against the “environmental extremists who put birds and rats and insects ahead of families, workers, and jobs.”



This was widely seen as an unfair caricature of liberal environmental policy in 1992. In 2012, it’s practically a bloodless statement of fact.



The Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has, in fact, been doing its best to validate this description, either through policy or highly revealing slips of the tongue. The most recent of the slips comes from EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding, who was captured in a video released by the office of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) telling an audience at Yale University the following:



But know right now, we are, we are struggling. We are struggling because we are trying to do our jobs. Lisa Jackson has put forth a very powerful message to the country. Just two days ago, the decision on greenhouse gas performance standard and saying basically gas plants are the performance standard which means if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem. That was a huge decision. You can’t imagine how tough that was. Because you got to remember if you go to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and all those places, you have coal communities who depend on coal. And to say that we just think those communities should just go away, we can’t do that. But she had to do what the law and policy suggested. And it’s painful. It’s painful every step of the way.







To Spalding’s credit, he at least sounds regretful that the EPA (according to him) absolutely has to drive an entire industry into the ground for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, this video will do nothing to assuage the image of President Obama as an essentially anti-coal President who is using his EPA to try to strangle the industry – an image that has yielded political humiliation for the President in Appalachia, where coal is one of the leading sources of employment.



One almost feels sorry for President Obama’s sake that “birds and rats and insects” can’t vote…at least, not outside Chicago



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Added: Jun-5-2012 Occurred On: Jun-5-2012
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  • why do we put more regulation on ourselves than any other nation and wonder why things are so expensive and jobs goin overseas....

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  • Painful new coal regulations
    Zero new or renewed nuke permits
    No new Oil drilling permits.

    When will President Obama's war on US energy end?

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  • Remind me again. These are put forth by the selfless, compassionate, "scientific", progressive (ie, progress, getting better not worse...)?

    This earth worship crap has got to stop before we are all riding jackasses around dung heaps and sleeping in banned SUVs.

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  • This guy struggles to do his job by leaning "foward" as a front man for Obama.

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    • @Arizona_Patriot

      It is interesting how familiar Obama is with collectivist propaganda. Not just their philosophy, but the actual propaganda that is used to advance the philosophy. He sure is "forward" thinking on the matter.

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  • Obama and his left wing cabal are FASCIST FUCKS.

    Anyone who still falls for this global warming bullshit after all of the 'science' has been debunked and the 'scientists' shamed and charged with Fraud must be dumb as fuck sheeple...like rmg03c LOL!

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  • Obozo's Hope and Change...how's that workin' fer ya now?

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  • lame

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    • @check2check

      It's worse than lame, it is pathetic. Obama said (if he gets his way with cap & trade) that electrical prices would necessarily skyrocket and coal plants would become bankrupt. Destroying affordable energy by definition means lower living standards.

      Welcome to Utopia!

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    • @Yukon6400 umm.... lame. you misconstrue what im referring to

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  • EPA to families supported by the coal industry: "I'm going to stab you in the heart but I'm real sorry about it."

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  • Regulate~ mandate- lets run our country into the ground ...! U FUCS!

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  • So REVERSE THEM! USA has more coal than it can use. The answer to middle east oil is gas-from-coal. They already have a plant in VA that is doing it by chemical process and GREEN!
    The politicians bought and paid for by big oil are not allowing any alt energy. Even when the solution to $5 gas (I paid $4.50 today, FFS) is staring them in the face. The ultimate solution is Hydrogen. I have driven such cars (Daimler-chrysler, and starting one of these things was harder then starting an F-16). More..

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    • @Fine_Just_Fine - KILL BIG OIL.... Do some research and find out where the TAX DOLLARS that are placed on gas goes . . . Then get back to me. Always follow the money for your answers.

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  • The thing that is dooming the coal industry is called natural gas.It's cheaper,cleaner and plentiful and will replace coal in the next decade.

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  • Coal is primarily used as a solid fuel to produce electricity and heat through combustion. World coal consumption was about 6.75 billion short tons in 2006[26] and is expected to increase 48% to 9.98 billion short tons by 2030.

    The top hard and brown coal producers in 2010 (and 2009) were (in millions of tons): China 3,162 (2,971), United States 997 (985), India 571 (571)

    So barry and his minions are going to kill the coal industry. HEY YOU LIBERETARDS. Riddles me this ................. do you More..

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  • its all about keeping the quoe
    that all they are concerned with; keeping their positions and making one for their kids and grand kids at the cost of mine and yours.
    theLAB

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  • "environmental extremists who put birds and rats and insects ahead of families, workers, and jobs."

    Cute, but we're not talking about birds and rats and insects here. We're talking about mass pollution of water supplies. Good luck finding a job or raising a family in a place where the groundwater is contaminated with Arsenic, lead, mercury and a laundry list of other carcinogens.

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    • @picklethepug - Your response is the exact thing they are hoping for. They are hoping people become complaisant and with their subtleties bit by bit , hoping no one will take notice. I have a HUGE problem with the EPA flying drones over private property for any reason. IT IS A FACT BARRY HATE’S THE COAL BUSINESS, oh but I forgot liberetards HATE FACTS.
      I remember when Bush was in office and passed a bill “cannot remember the name of it” about giving some government agencies the power to More..

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    • @cajunmojo And your response is the exact thing the coal industry is hoping for. There's nothing they love more than people who are willing to sacrifice their personal health and environment for a stupid job in defense of corporate profiteers who couldn't give a flying fuck about what happens to a bunch of toothless rednecks that live near their mine in Dipshitville, West Virginia.

      And thanks for the welcome back. I took a few days off to go camping and fishing with my wife and kids. Yo More..

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    • @picklethepug - You people "liberetrads" are so god damn predictable it aint funny. Already blaming the man when he is not even chosen yet, Damn .

      So you would like to live in your AL Gore world and screw everyone, for your own piece of mine. You think the EPA has our interest at heart when that man “the HEAD OF THE EPA” said “Just two days ago, the decision on greenhouse gas performance standard and saying basically gas plants are the performance standard which means if you w More..

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    • @cajunmojo
      I'm not blaming. I'm warning and reminding. Mit Romney has already surrounded himself with the same neo-con douchebags Bush had running his administration. And if there's one thing we know about Mit Romney it's that he's a spineless tool that does the bidding of the person or group that is pushing him hardest. Hope you enjoy "Operation Iranian Freedom" because I know I won't.

      As for the rest of your comment "Liberals" didn't have the DEA flying helicopters 6 More..

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  • You people here are so short sighted. Do you have kids? Or are you just kids yourselves?

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    • @rmg03c

      Please, Enlighten us all with your and Obama's far sighted plans......

      Wait, there isn't one. Right???

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    • @rmg03c

      Of all the greenhouse gases that exist - just to name three: water vapor, methane, and carbon dioxide - how much do you suppose man contributes?

      Of the greenhouse gases that man contributes, what percentage do you think will be curtailed by radically affecting our standard of living?

      And what percent of the worlds population would participate?

      And finally, what will be the overall percent of total greenhouse gases that will be brought down over what period of time and what temperatu More..

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    • @dankmofo
      this isn't about politics you fucking drone..
      THis science is not new. It has been around since I was a kid.

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    • @Yukon6400 ...and now it's conspiraacy if your talking heads tell you so. The numbers are there. Science is transparent. You just keep listening to the talking heads. If you won't examine the field without carrying your bias in with you, you might get it. This science is not born of the Obama admin...
      I will not do you research for you. You have already made up your mind. i feel sorry for you and your kids. I bid you good day.
      Over-and-out.

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    • @rmg03c "This science is not born of the Obama admin..."

      I didn't say it was. However it is a "crisis" that certain people do not want it to go to waste, because in a crisis the people will accept more control by their government for security.

      "You have already made up your mind."

      And you haven't? People who think like you are open minded and people who don't think like you are listening to "talking heads"? Guy banter is fine, but don't break your arm p More..

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