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Get this: WV 'Democrat' blames Obama and the EPA:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in WV uses SOTU to attack Obama on coal, blame EPA for water crisis

With "Democrats" like these, who needs Republicans?

Press release:


Tennant: ‘President is Wrong on Coal’

(CHARLESTON, WV) – West Virginia Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Natalie Tennant released the following statement ahead of tonight’s State of the Union Address. Reports say the President is expected to focus on economic opportunity. But, Tennant criticized the President’s policies on coal, saying his position hurts opportunity and threatens West Virginia jobs.

“If the President wants to promote opportunity, he needs to rethink his energy policies. The President is wrong on coal and I will fight him or anyone else who wants to take our coal jobs,” Tennant said.

“At the height of our water crisis, no one could tell us how harmful the chemical was or what levels were safe. But, the EPA has time to go after our coal jobs in West Virginia? That doesn’t make sense. The EPA needs a new set of priorities.”



And not to be left out...

Boehner blames Obama for WV chemical spill; Calls for more deregulation

Published on Jan 14, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday blamed the Obama administration for a disastrous chemical spill in West Virginia.

He said at a news conference in D.C. that the country had enough environmental and health regulations, but they were not being properly enforced.

"The issue is this, we have enough regulations on the books," Boehner remarked. "What the administration ought to be doing is actually doing their jobs. Why wasn't this plant inspected since 1991?"

"I am entirely confident that there are ample regulations already on the books to protect the health and safety of the American people," Boehner added. "Somebody ought to be held accountable here."

"What we try to do is look at those regulations that we think are cumbersome, are over-the-top and are costing our economy jobs. That's what our focus continues to be."

About 300,000 residents in West Virginia were warned last week not to use tap water because it had become contaminated by the chemical spill. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency as restaurants, shops, and schools were forced to shut down.

Methylcyclohexene methanol — a chemical used for coal washing and preparation — leaked from a storage tank at a site run by Freedom Industries into the nearby Elk River.

Chemical manufacturers are required to be inspected in West Virginia, but chemical storage facilities are not.

Randy Huffman, the state's Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, hopes lawmakers will change that following the disastrous spill, according to Metro News.

"For this type of facility, the administrative processes, the records, the certifications, those types of processes are much more important for minimizing the risk of leaks and so forth because, with tanks, you can't always see a leak," he said.


Boehner is willfully ignoring lack of funding to enforce the regulations already on the books and is a member of the party that advocated getting rid of the EPA and not funding Superfund clean up. He really has a lot of nerve to insert himself into this argument. It is affecting his state as well as WV but he is staying on course.

Kennedy calls mountaintop removal mining in W.Va. a crime against people, nature

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Monday that mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia is a crime, and that if the American people could see it, there would be a revolution.

"We are cutting down the Appalachian Mountains, these historic landscapes where Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett roamed that are so much a part of American culture," the environmental attorney said at a rally to stop blasting on southern West Virginia's Coal River Mountain.

"It's God who made these mountains, and it's (Massey Energy chief) Don Blankenship who is cutting them down," Kennedy said.

Kennedy spoke as some 300 environmental activists cheered. At the same time, 200 coal miners jeered. The groups were kept apart by a line of state troopers and metal barricades.

Unfortunately, the LA Times link no longer has the story.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wants to send a message

Author lists mountaintop removal among 'Crimes Against Nature'

By Ken Ward Jr.
Staff writer

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. flew over the West Virginia coalfields this week to get a better view of mountaintop removal mines.

Kennedy lunched with West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney, and listened to coalfield residents during a staged town meeting at a Raleigh County church.

The three-day tour was all part of Kennedy’s effort to get a wider audience to hear his message about the “Crimes Against Nature” — the title of his 2004 book — that he says companies commit and governments ignore.

Link no longer there:


And Kathy Mattea toured the area last week:

'What I saw today shocked me'

Mattea looks, listens to mountaintop removal
By Tara Tuckwiller
Staff writer

Country music star Kathy Mattea spent Tuesday sitting at the edge of an enormous chasm of naked rock — a West Virginia mountaintop removal coal mine — and listening to people’s stories.

One woman told Mattea about the reservoir full of coal waste that looms upstream from a Raleigh County elementary school full of 220 children.

Another showed her photos of the trains that haul millions of dollars worth of coal every week out of the mountain near her house, while her Kanawha County community remains in poverty.


and she got attacked by the local rw asshat rag, The Daily Mail:

Kathy Mattea can do better
Country music star Kathy Mattea is descended from West Virginia coal miners. But she shares former Vice President Al Gore's beliefs about global warming -- she added a photo of a mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia to his "Inconvenient Truth" slide show -- and Gore's agenda has been hostile to the economic activity that supported her forbears and supports tens of thousands of West Virginians today.

It's a difficult position to be in, and if Mattea is going to enrich the debate on this issue, she should carefully balance her presentation in the future.
Mattea visited the state this week, documentary filmmakers and press in tow. She expressed shock at a mountaintop removal coal mine and cried over a Boone County woman's photos of a mountain that was destroyed by surface mining.

http://www.dailymail.com/story/Opinion/Editorial/2007071310/Kathy+Mattea+can+do+better /


for all those to Adenoid_Hynkel:

I read a more recent DU thread with an interview of RFK, Jr. in which he said that these people must hate America, destroying the oldest living ecosystem that has sustained life for millions of years in North America. It is sickening.

At least the coal industry is well represented by the local elected officials.

Part of the electorate in the region voted for the 'job creators.' Maybe some are having second thoughts, but their elected representatives haven't changed their stances on this.

IIRC, there is a racial element to this, as Charleston may be largely black. There was an OP that mentioned it. And I think they are Democratic, and tehy may not have coal jobs.

Sorry, don't have all the links and search is not giving recent results.

Take the Journey Anyway You Want It:

Koch brothers donor list - now what to do with it? IDK. n/t

Used to live on a dry, arid hill, higher than most of the land around us. No light pollution, most

nights could see the Milky Way clearly, saw the famous comets that went by in the 1990s, and many other things like this.

No northern lights, but it was mind bending for a city dweller to live in that place. Few people, no traffic, just the sounds of the wind as it came down howling from the north or even when it was holding back. Hard to describe, it was a presence.

There was little other than the sound of the wind in the fields as it ran through the grasses, which sounded like the ocean. The only other sounds were o domestic and wild animals, birds and insects.

It was timeless.

Pelosi did the blowhard a favor. She'd have cut him into mincement within minutes...

And when the ACA passed in 2010!

Reminds me of...

Governor Goodhair is just sooo precious there. I can hear Molly saying, 'Bless his little heart...'

Actually Molly said this in reference to presidential runs by GOP Texas govenors:

Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention.

~ Molly Ivins


Barack Obama Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast - Full Speech

Published on Feb 6, 2014

Thanks for the link!

Agree with 'the rights of women, poor, LGBT and immigrants' surpass one issue.

Those who aren't affected by the outrageous stances that Abbott advocates may feel free to live under his rule. Those who will be hurt, will vote for Wendy and not go after this one issue as a deal-breaker.

I don't mind seeing a person with a properly strapped and holstered pistol walking about any more than a policeman. You know where that gun is, and what might occur. If the person is behaving, fine. Both require a license and training and accountability.

It's the RWNJs walking around in public with automatic rifles, promoting killing the Kenyan President, who have declared 'liberal hunting season' that I can't stand.

Texas virtually allows this right now, it's the status quo.

Would I like to see it national?


Do I want to live under a GOPig who sees so many of us as less than human elected?

Hell no.

Abbott will support the same if elected. Withholding a vote for Wendy over this is a vote to subject Texans to Abbott's draconian policies. If I was there, she'd get my vote.

He's in jail already and expressing his opinion. Take a look at this:


And I agree with your post.
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