No one ever claimed coal miners were very smart.Another Obama backfire like the War on Women, AARP & Big Bird:
Ohio coal miners blast Obama, calling his claim they were forced to take part in Romney rally untrue
Coal Mining Employment hit a 15-year high in 2011: Under President Obama, employment in the coal mining industry has increased nearly 4 percent, and in 2011, hit its highest level since 1996. At the end of 2011, there were nearly 60,000 jobs in the coal industry in Appalachia—the most since 1997.
One of the most significant investments in clean coal: The President made one of the country’s most significant investments in clean coal research and development. Through the Recovery Act, the Obama administration invested $3.4 billion to expand and accelerate the development of clean coal technologies for use in new and retrofitted power plants or industrial facilities by 2020.
Fast-tracked development of clean coal technology: The administration has set a goal of developing cost-effective clean coal technologies for power plants within ten years, with an objective of bringing five to 10 projects online by 2016. The President also established a task force to find ways to overcome barriers that prevent the widespread, cost-effective use of clean coal technologies within ten years.
Improving health and safety of coal miners: The Obama administration enacted several efforts to improve miner safety and health, including monthly impact inspections, the pattern of violations program, and education and outreach within the industry. Under the Obama administration’s mine inspection program, compliance by mine operators has improved. Obamacare reinstates provisions that don’t leave miners who have worked at least 15 years with the burden of proving what caused black lung in order to receive their benefits, and in 2011, the nation recorded the second lowest number of work-related deaths in the industry since statistics have been recorded.