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    Posted April 21, 2012 by
    Glouster, Ohio
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    War on Coal


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     amasedg304 of Hopedale, Ohio, is a stay-at-home mother and the proud wife of a coal miner. 'Without the coal industry, not only will local families struggle, local schools and businesses will be hit hard without the consumers and taxes that trickle down from those of us still able to make a decent living in this country!' said amasedg304, who originally shared her story via the iReport Debate. Click here to share and discuss your top issues this election.
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    With unemployment currently at record highs, and the economy in such a poor state. Please explain to me, why we are letting the EPA and the current government put outrageous regulations on power plants and the coal industry at large.
    These regulations make energy prices (electric) unaffordable, especially for the common American already struggling to put food on the table due to lack of jobs!! What happens then, is they are forced to get on a heating assistance program provided by the government who is already in a massive deficit!
    Secondly, if the power plants cannot comply...not only are those jobs lost, but the jobs of the coal company that supplies that power company. not, to mention the railroad companies and trucking outfits hauling the coal.
    The coal industry has steadily provided more and more jobs throughout this recession...lets not condemn them to the fate of the rest of the country. Millions of families rely on the jobs that trickle down from this industry and the money spent by the few Americans that still have these jobs! The "War on Coal" has to end!!
    With the media's attention on the so-called "War on Women" and "Gay rights"....the current administration has been destoying the way of life for millions of people behind the scenes. The real story is the "war on coal"....and it needs to be in the spotlight. It affects everyone...
    Obama has set out to bankrupt the power plants, and the coal industry..and so far he and the EPA are succeeding. What is the Republican party willing to do to stop them?

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