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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lies My Senator Told Me

From the Daily Yonder:

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The Lexington Herald-Leader editorial page took note of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell's continued description of a Democratic "war on coal," this time during the confirmation hearings of President Obama's choice to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. Then they started counting.
Turns out there are more coal miners nationally under Obama than under President Bush — and more coal miners in Kentucky. That's true even with the large number of layoffs in Kentucky recently and as production in the region fell.
Eastern coal's problem is that it is now more expensive that coal from the large strip mines in the west or natural gas. A lot more expensive. The paper concludes: "McConnell can blame Obama and the EPA for driving up the cost of coal, but the real culprit is 100 years of mining that has left only thin seams in Eastern Kentucky that are costly to mine...


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