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yessir

Stone, KY

#1 Apr 18, 2012
Did u get layed off 2
wow

Whitesburg, KY

#2 Apr 18, 2012
heard they shut down every mine is that true??
Wonders

Lebanon, KY

#3 Apr 18, 2012
My brother got laid off, I don't understand why the coal industry has gotten so bad. He has two children and a wife to support, I am very worried.
CoalPowered

Whitesburg, KY

#4 Apr 18, 2012
Wonders wrote:
My brother got laid off, I don't understand why the coal industry has gotten so bad. He has two children and a wife to support, I am very worried.
One word why the Coal industry is so bad right now.......

Obama
What the hell

United States

#5 Apr 18, 2012
obama and the EPA tree hugging bastards
sally

Whitesburg, KY

#6 Apr 18, 2012
what the hell you are so right hope these people remember this come election time!!!!!!!!!!
Twisted logic

Southaven, MS

#7 Apr 19, 2012
The coal companies are laying off men because the coal industry has more coal stockpiled than the demand for it right now.That and all the gas drilling going on,thanks Hal E burton,exVP cheney's company.Power companies switching over to natural gas instead of coal.Obama has never said he wanted to kill coal.He has said we need to find ways to covert it into something that burns cleaner like kerosene only cleaner and stronger.One would think that would require more coal,not less.And those evil regulation on the poor little rich companies,like installing air scrubber filters on their giant smoke stacks?I mean c'mon who's that going to help?Your kids health?Your grandkids health?The very land and all it's beautiful nature our lord gave us.Our ancestors fought,died,lived on it and protected it for their future(Us).Can we say the same?It wasn't Obama that compared people filing for unemployment,and yes that includes unemployed miners,to stray dogs.It was Uncle Hal.It's republican lawmakers that are refusing to sing into law,the equal pay act.If a woman can do the same job as a man just as well,she should be entitled to the same pay as the man.Edu cate yourself.wake up,your creating a nightmare that will surely come to pass.Personally I think it's to late.
Twisted logic

Southaven, MS

#8 Apr 19, 2012
These are the thoughts and chronicles of a former 4th generation Appalachian coal miner trying to figure it out for coal miners across the nation. "Like many I understand the need for good paying jobs, but I don't believe we should be selling our souls to the coal industry for them." - The Thoughtful Coal Miner

http://www.thethoughtfulcoalminer.com/2012_01...
Matt

Russia

#9 Apr 19, 2012
Coal exports are at the highest rate since 1991.

Read words, they mean things, dummies.
Good Ole Boys

Lebanon, KY

#10 Apr 19, 2012
Okay it is very plain to see that the Coal industry is very much under attack. I havent seen a huge stock pile of coal in a very long time! When the EPA refuses to grant any new permitts what do you expect! And the so called water act is crazy do you realize that the score or number used to grade running water around a tipple or mining operation is to be higher than that of a very expensive bottle of water. But yet none these regulations effect the gas industry or logging industry. So can you tell me why it is okay to drill for natural gas and destroy someones water supply,but water in a puddle at a washer plant needs to be better than bottled water? Maybe we should just all go to hollywood and become movie stars like ashley judd!
tootsie

Whitesburg, KY

#11 Apr 19, 2012
Twisted logic wrote:
The coal companies are laying off men because the coal industry has more coal stockpiled than the demand for it right now.That and all the gas drilling going on,thanks Hal E burton,exVP cheney's company.Power companies switching over to natural gas instead of coal.Obama has never said he wanted to kill coal.He has said we need to find ways to covert it into something that burns cleaner like kerosene only cleaner and stronger.One would think that would require more coal,not less.And those evil regulation on the poor little rich companies,like installing air scrubber filters on their giant smoke stacks?I mean c'mon who's that going to help?Your kids health?Your grandkids health?The very land and all it's beautiful nature our lord gave us.Our ancestors fought,died,lived on it and protected it for their future(Us).Can we say the same?It wasn't Obama that compared people filing for unemployment,and yes that includes unemployed miners,to stray dogs.It was Uncle Hal.It's republican lawmakers that are refusing to sing into law,the equal pay act.If a woman can do the same job as a man just as well,she should be entitled to the same pay as the man.Edu cate yourself.wake up,your creating a nightmare that will surely come to pass.Personally I think it's to late.
Some of the layoffs are doubtless caused by the EPA requiring the new scrubbling regulations on power plants.That's why AEP is asking for nearly a one billion $(1,000,000,000.00) increase in rates beginning this year.The EPA'S boss is President Obama.Case closed.Thank God for republican lawmakers that are trying to keep job killing regulations from being enacted by this administration and misguided environmental "truthers".
sad to hear

Pikeville, KY

#12 Apr 19, 2012
wow wrote:
heard they shut down every mine is that true??
WYMT News 4/19/12 reports

Mine will close in June

A Kentucky mine is closing and will leave 163 people out of work.

The Herald Leader is reporting the Sapphire Mine in Whitesburg will close in June.

The president of the Kentucky Coal Association tells the paper the coal industry is being hurt by weaker demand.

Whitesburg's mayor says the layoffs will be devastating.

Lexington Herald Leader reports on 4/19/12

Sapphire Coal Co. in Whitesburg plans to close its Advantage mine in the area and lay off its 163 workers.

The company disclosed the actions, which are expected to be taken by June 16, in a filing that government officials require businesses to make before mass layoffs.

Jennifer Guthrie, human resources manager and corporate counsel for Sapphire's parent company, United Coal, declined to discuss the move in detail.

"Primarily, it's market conditions, much like many of the people in the area are seeing," Guthrie said.

Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, said the industry is seeing layoffs because of a combination of factors including weaker demand.

He said factors include the "very warm winter, which we all enjoyed but at the same time, that's less use of electricity."

He also cited lower demand from manufacturers, who have struggled in recent years with the economic downturn, and the federal government's stronger regulation of coal-fired power plants.

"I think it's having a real effect, especially on Eastern Kentucky," Bissett said.

Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft said the layoffs will be "devastating" to the community.

"Whitesburg, as well as other towns around us, are so totally dependent on the mining industry, and when 163 men are permanently laid off, it becomes a real, real problem," he said. "We don't have any other industry, particularly here in Letcher County, for them to seek employment at other than government.

"And for the last month, I've had one or two people every day ask me if the city has any openings at all for employment."
A Country Boy Can Survive

Charleston, WV

#13 Apr 20, 2012
Alright treehuggers we're ready to embrace that new economy you all have been talking about if we would just stop coal mining.
harddollar

Pikeville, KY

#14 Apr 20, 2012
Twisted logic wrote:
The coal companies are laying off men because the coal industry has more coal stockpiled than the demand for it right now.That and all the gas drilling going on,thanks Hal E burton,exVP cheney's company.Power companies switching over to natural gas instead of coal.Obama has never said he wanted to kill coal.He has said we need to find ways to covert it into something that burns cleaner like kerosene only cleaner and stronger.One would think that would require more coal,not less.And those evil regulation on the poor little rich companies,like installing air scrubber filters on their giant smoke stacks?I mean c'mon who's that going to help?Your kids health?Your grandkids health?The very land and all it's beautiful nature our lord gave us.Our ancestors fought,died,lived on it and protected it for their future(Us).Can we say the same?It wasn't Obama that compared people filing for unemployment,and yes that includes unemployed miners,to stray dogs.It was Uncle Hal.It's republican lawmakers that are refusing to sing into law,the equal pay act.If a woman can do the same job as a man just as well,she should be entitled to the same pay as the man.Edu cate yourself.wake up,your creating a nightmare that will surely come to pass.Personally I think it's to late.
here is fa fine example of what your kids will grow up to be if you dont teach them. a woman who thinks she has the world figured out but in reality she is a idiot, a obamahead. the coal industry is down because the price of coal is down because of the epa regulations and the damn msha laws that have been set in place by the left wing pres we got. if you notice they arte whining about a equal pay act. wtf? the world is going to hell in a hand bag but the hippies are still looking for something to protest about.
yes we can

Whitesburg, KY

#15 Apr 21, 2012
When all the coal mines and power plants are closed and electricity rates skyrocket the environmentalists and climate change proponents will be the first ones to complain.The campaign slogans of the last election about "yes we can","change we can believe in", and "fundamentally change the U.S." will not be as popular as during the last election when the liberals swooned,fell in love and worshiped the socialistic rhetoric.Some of us never drank the coolaid and our minds and concious remains clear.
A Country Boy Can Survive

Charleston, WV

#16 Apr 21, 2012
Not only are we unemployed because of Obama's policies, but we will be paying 30% more for our electricty because of his "policies". Yeah, change we can believe in....
Matt

Russia

#17 Apr 22, 2012
You're paying more for electricity and losing more jobs because of big business. You guys are brainwashed as hell, it's pretty depressing to read these comments. Like I said, Coal exports are at the highest rate since 1991 which means business is doing the best it has done in 21 years for the coal world. And people say "WELL DAGGAWN WE GOT COAL STOCKPILED UP SO MuCH WE JUST CAINT SELL IT WE DONE LOST ARE JOBS!" Are you crazy? Surplus (stockpiles)= cheaper prices. The thing is, the stockpiles don't exist, business is booming and you're being laid off because you're becoming more and more obsolete. The truth hurts. Think for once.
fair player

Whitesburg, KY

#18 Apr 22, 2012
Big business provides millions of jobs in this country.They're not the boogyman.Coal mining is declining because of the war on fossil fuels by radicals.They want us to put windmills on our roofs and ponds in our yards to grow pond scum to burn.I guess that will provide plenty of "green" jobs for everyone.
A Country Boy Can Survive

Charleston, WV

#19 Apr 22, 2012
http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/04...

Watch this video..it pretty much sums up what is happening..
A Country Boy Can Survive

Charleston, WV

#20 Apr 22, 2012
Matt wrote:
You're paying more for electricity and losing more jobs because of big business. You guys are brainwashed as hell, it's pretty depressing to read these comments. Like I said, Coal exports are at the highest rate since 1991 which means business is doing the best it has done in 21 years for the coal world. And people say "WELL DAGGAWN WE GOT COAL STOCKPILED UP SO MuCH WE JUST CAINT SELL IT WE DONE LOST ARE JOBS!" Are you crazy? Surplus (stockpiles)= cheaper prices. The thing is, the stockpiles don't exist, business is booming and you're being laid off because you're becoming more and more obsolete. The truth hurts. Think for once.
The reason exports are high is because Obama will not let us burn it here so we have to send it somewhere to stay in business...big stockpiles = no one is buying coal = less electricity being produced = less demand by industry = economy slowing down. Don't they teach basic economics in school anyomore? Drive by the docks in Boyd County or past the prep plants in the mountains if you want to see big stockpiles, they're real. The big lie is beginning to unravel.

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