Somewhere in the darkest recesses of the union-warped brain of Cecil Roberts, President of the United Mine Workers of America, a light-bulb (no doubt powered by electricity generated by coal-fire power plants) went on: Barack Obama’s war on coal is going to kill the coal industry (and his members’ jobs)…As in dead.
The coal industry will suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden under new climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the head of the United Mine Workers of America said this week.
“The Navy SEALs shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” Cecil Roberts, president of the powerful union, said during an interview Tuesday on the West Virginia radio show MetroNews Talkline.
Roberts blasted Jackson, the EPA administrator, over the proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Opponents of the regulations, including Roberts, say the new rules would be the death knell of the coal industry.
And, still, he and his union won’t “oppose” Obama’s re-election:
While the United Mine Workers of America likely won’t actively oppose President Obama’s reelection bid, Roberts said the new EPA regulation could prevent the union from endorsing the president.
“That’s something that we have not done yet and may not do because of this very reason. Our people’s jobs are on the line,” Roberts said, adding that Obama has “done a lot of great things for the country.”
Clearly, to a union boss like Cecil Roberts, party politics takes precedence over members’ jobs.
Read the rest @ The Hill’s E2-Wire.