Just when we’re going to need the coal the most.
Blaming Obama’s “war on coal,” Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp. said Friday it would give pink slips to 102 workers at its West Ridge Mine in Utah and 54 at its underground mine in the southern Illinois town of Galatia.
“The American people have made their choice,” said Robert Murray, the company’s chairman, CEO and founder, who lamented the country’s direction and insisted that “the takers outvoted the producers.”
Murray, who vows that the coal industry “is being destroyed,” said U.S. coal production this year could plunge by hundreds of millions of tons, and that the Obama administration’s energy policies will lead to the closure of scores of U.S. coal-fired power plants by 2014.
During his 2008 campaign, Obama said builders of new coal-powered plants will go bankrupt from emissions standards he would enact, and electricity rates would soar.
St. Louis-based Patriot Coal filed for bankruptcy in July, while St. Louis-based Arch Coal Inc. announced in June that it would lay off about 750 Appalachian coal workers.