Political blame game plays out after Ohio coal mine operation shuts down
August 2nd, 2012
07:48 PM ET
9 years ago

Political blame game plays out after Ohio coal mine operation shuts down

(CNN) - The leader of a shuttering Ohio coal mining operation on Friday blamed the Obama administration for the shutdown and for hurting the economy generally with he called a "war on coal," an assertion the White House pushed back on as false and misleading.

OhioAmerican Energy, which is a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corporation, issued a statement announcing its coal mining operations near Brilliant, in southeastern Ohio, would be closing five years earlier than expected.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Coal production is up under Obama, but the right wingnuts claim there is a war on coal.. Those darn pesky safety regulations are probably costing no more than 5 cents a ton. Wingnuts are making America a third world country.

    August 2, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. I'm a "You People"

    That goes double for you Mr. Romney,

    August 2, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. CBR

    The owners of this mine seem to be motivated by politics at the expense of their employees. After the problems at mines over the last few years it seems that safety problems would be the more likely excuse. How they can do this to their employees shows a complete lack of compassion.

    August 2, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. ge

    clean coal –what is clean coal-

    August 2, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    David Celebrezze, director of Air and Water Special Projects with the environmental group the Ohio Environmental Council, said that he and his group favor clean energy measures and curing what he described as Ohio's addiction to coal.
    First the Obama Administration decimated the American Solar panel manufacturing industry by throwing $500 million at the wrong ( but well connected to the Democratic Party ) company Solyndra. 1,200 jobs lost at that company and thousands more lost across the solar panel industry and sent to China. Now they are working their magic on the coal power industry. More accurately they are trying to break America's addiction to employment.

    August 2, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. Larry L

    We need coal – but it's a myth that coal can be called "clean" without effort and increased costs. The industry has spent millions lying about the "War on Coal" as we have more coal produced now than ever. The same thing happened when America decided to clean up our gasoline and diesel fuels. Those industries spend a fortune on negative advertising rather than spend the money required to produce a safer and cleaner product. The facts are clear – pollution from these chemicals causes many of the cancers and other diseases which plague our population. It's not always the other person who gets cancer!

    August 2, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There doesn't seem to be a real clear reason that the mine is being closed. Frankly, too many of the current coal mines aren't meeting safety standards that are there to protect the miners. We also need to wean ourselves off coal because it is a major source of pollution when it is used in power plants. If the current power plants actually put in the pollution control devices that could save lives and CO2 that is being put into the air.

    August 2, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Murray, the corporation's CEO, is a major GOP donor having donated more than $150,000 to Republicans in 2012 alone, and Murray Energy's political action committee has similarly given Republicans upwards of $100,000 in the past year.◄

    Maybe if Murray stops WASTING donations on the GOP and instead, use that money instead to meet the regulations that were imposed, people will not be getting laid off – JEEZ!!! And again, I bet this CEO would still get his BIG FAT BONUS!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 2, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. California

    It's Bush's fault.

    August 3, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  10. Griff.

    "Once we lived in a shack, dug for coal, precious black gold, and now we're getting old!"

    August 3, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  11. clownshoes

    Thanks Obama

    August 3, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  12. Chris

    The simple fact is that the heyday of coal has passed. America and the rest of the world have gradually been shifting away from coal and more into other fuel sources for decades now. But the right wants to constantly make Obama a scapegoat.

    Who wants to bet that a month from now when all the grocery prices go up because of the drought all the right wingers will be screaming its all Obama's fault?

    August 3, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  13. Bren

    The coal industry needs to begin running ads in all of the coal producing states saying.......We built that, but Obama destroyed it. Obama has destroyed many other things-including our entire economy. Does this surprise anyone? Remember, before Obama was elected he said......"I will make it so difficult/expensive for the coal industry to do business, that they will have no choice but to close". If you do not believe me, go and look for what Obama said about the coal industry on youtube!!

    August 3, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  14. Mike Waszowski

    One candidate has nothing but contempt for the working class while the other kills good jobs using the EPA to do his bidding?
    Who you gonna vote for?

    August 3, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |

    Everybody knows coal is the dirty fuel and if they can't make it clean burning it has no place in our future unless you like smog !!!

    August 3, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  16. T'sah From Virginia

    oops, meant to say, "... but instead use that money..." DARN IT!!

    August 3, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |