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Monday, August 19, 2013

Obama's New Attack on Jobs

President Obama recently issued a new order that will shut down many coal-based power plants, force factories to close, destroy many American jobs, reduce the amount of electricity generated from coal, and drive up the price of electricity. Obama's plan will give the federal government new authority to enforce limits on carbon emissions. Since coal plants produce emissions in excess of the new limits, many coal plants will be forced to close. Obama claims his plan will combat climate change, but many scientists disagree with the liberal claim that we can improve the climate by regulating American emissions. Obama has not provided any evidence that his expansion of federal control will help Americans.

The low-priced electricity generated from coal is essential for much of our important industrial activity. For example, many steel factories are located in areas where electricity is generated primarily from coal. The president of the American Iron and Steel Institute says that "the regulations proposed by the president will invariably raise electricity costs." High electricity costs will force factories out of business, leaving many workers without jobs.

Obama cannot explain why his plan is necessary. He tried to address criticism by saying, "sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it's not going to protect you." But Obama is the one sticking his head in the sand. He ignores the need for jobs and industrial production. Americans need protection from loss of jobs, not from the disputed effects of carbon emissions. Obama is also bypassing the democratic process. Instead of letting the people or our elected representatives decide our policy about emissions regulation, he just tells the bureaucrats in the Environmental Protection Agency to make the rules. Obama seems to care more about expanding federal control than about American workers and their jobs.

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