Thursday, June 19, 2014
Editorial - Lost Jobs 'Collateral Damage' To Environmentalists
Writing in the Huffington Post, William Becker of the Climate Action Project praised the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations to stop climate change, and wrote that "there is nothing explicit in the (Obama) plan to mitigate or adapt to the economic disruption the clean energy transition will cause for coal and oil-country families."
These families thrown out of work, he said, are an "evolutionary step in technology and the economy" and a move toward "economic progress."
And his solution to the increase in unemployment in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio is to create yet another job training program, as if that will compensate for turning workers' lives upside down.
These comments may seem offensive and elitist (imagine the media outcry if an industry representative described workers laid off as "collateral damage"). But at least Becker is honest about the negative impact of the radical anti-carbon lobby's crusade on middle class families.
The Obama administration fantasizes that this knife to the throat of our domestic energy industry will somehow create "green" jobs. On the contrary.
A study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that the new EPA regulations will destroy 200,000 mostly blue-collar energy jobs, reduce the U.S. GDP by about $50 billion a year and cost families thousands of dollars over the next decade in higher energy costs.