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  •  Many of us thought he was. (0+ / 0-)

    We were pretty sure that Obama was pandering for votes from mining towns.  Apparently, we were wrong and Pres. Obama really does believe in clean coal.  If not, he would stop this assault.  But it's also that he doesn't want to lose all those jobs.  If he cancels MTR then the unemployment numbers go up.  If he doesn't keep the economy in line then he'll have little mandate for anything else.  Those jobs are important.

    "The only thing to fear is tomorrows. I don't live for tomorrows. They're no fun." - Denny Crane

    by rainmanjr on Sun Jul 05, 2009 at 10:40:55 PM PDT

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    •  Put some windmill... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...or solar panel manufacturing in those areas and put people to work that way. Do the roads need repair? I thought some of the stimulus money was to go to infrastructure. Those things could take up the slack in job loss. Couldn't they?

      •  Yes, but it wouldn't happen seamlessly. (0+ / 0-)

        If he stopped MTR before those jobs are created then people will be out of work for a while.  He's just started fighting the battle for energy and, if I remember correctly, he has the supposrt of Blue Dogs.  So there's hope for ending MTR in the near future but it can't be done now.

        "The only thing to fear is tomorrows. I don't live for tomorrows. They're no fun." - Denny Crane

        by rainmanjr on Mon Jul 06, 2009 at 09:06:24 AM PDT

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        •  Pehaps it wouldn't hurt for him to go there... (0+ / 0-)

          ...where the mountains are being destroyed and talk with the people. With all the money being distributed to everyone and his uncle, how much would it take to subsidize retraining of miners and new industries in the area? How much more would it take to keep these people afloat until these goals could be accomplished? Say, maybe .001% of the amount that went to the financial industry? Just a guess.

          •  Probably true but welfare for industry? (0+ / 0-)

            The stimulus bill was unpopular because of added debt to U.S., and loans for corporations that control millions of jobs was wildly unpopular, so I don't see approving welfare for out of work miners until new energy sources could create jobs will be well received, either.  Look, I agree that MTR is a tragic mistake, and should be stopped, I just don't know about sacrificing political allys when we need them most is a good idea.  My inclination is that it's not.

            "The only thing to fear is tomorrows. I don't live for tomorrows. They're no fun." - Denny Crane

            by rainmanjr on Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 09:29:41 AM PDT

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