Obama jobs death toll: Coal, oil, gas workers on the chopping block; Update: Abbott Labs slashes 1,900
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President Obama used the word “jobs” 31 times in his State of the Union Address.
Did you add “-killing” under your breath every time he read the word on his teleprompter? Me, too.
While Obama was out on the trail filming 2012 campaign ads on the taxpayer’s dime, workers in industries demonized by this White House were getting more bad news.
The Obama administration’s own experts estimate their proposal for protecting streams from coal mining would eliminate thousands of jobs and slash production across much of the country, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement document says the agency’s preferred rules would impose standards for water quality and restrictions on mining methods that would affect the quality or quantity of streams near coal mines. The rules are supposed to replace Bush-era regulations that set up buffer zones around streams and were aimed chiefly at mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.
The proposal — part of a draft environmental impact statement — would affect coal mines from Louisiana to Alaska.
The office, a branch of the Interior Department, estimated that the protections would trim coal production to the point that an estimated 7,000 of the nation’s 80,600 coal mining jobs would be lost…
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu again is urging the Obama administration to issue deepwater drilling permits.
The Louisiana Democrat called on the administration to approve new permits at a Senate Energy Committee meeting Wednesday.
Landrieu says that deepwater drilling has been “virtually shut down” since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion last April. She says drilling can be done safely.
She says five deepwater platforms in the Gulf have left to drill in other parts of the world, costing the Gulf Coast about 5,000 jobs.
The Forest Service will not allow development on 44,720 acres of contested oil and gas leases in the Wyoming Range, officials announced Tuesday.
Bridger-Teton National Forest supervisor Jacque Buchanan announced her decision with a statement, which sportsmen and conservation groups hailed as a victory in the quest to protect Wyoming’s most important wild places from energy development.
The leases were proposed 35 miles southeast of Jackson in Sublette County.
…U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) criticized the move.
“The Forest Service’s decision took into account everything but jobs, the economy, energy independence and national security,” she said. “Gas prices are creeping upward toward four dollars a gallon and America is continually increasing our reliance on foreign countries for energy.
“Through modern environmentally responsible methods, these resources can provide the country with secure, affordable fuel and offer people in Wyoming high-paying jobs that help support nearby communities,” Lummis said. “This misguided decision puts our multiple use lands under lock and key.”
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Related IBD editorial: Carol Browner Goes, Draconian Policies Stay
Update: Heckuva job, Obamacare. Abbott Labs announces it will slash 1,900 jobs due to Obamacare and a “challenging regulatory environment:”
Abbott Laboratories, maker of the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, said it will cut about 1,900 jobs as part of a restructuring of its pharmaceutical business.
…The job cuts come “in response to changes in the health-care industry, including U.S. health-care reform and the challenging regulatory environment,” Abbott said in the statement. The move will “streamline commercial and manufacturing operations, improve efficiencies and reduce costs.”
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