Obama Chooses Extreme Environmentalism Over Workers

Mitt Romney campaigned in Ohio today and launched an attack on President Obama’s coal policies, telling the audience that the president is waging a “war on coal.” The extreme left-wing environmental agenda is an obvious wedge in the Obama coalition and the president is on the wrong side.

The left wing has chosen privileged environmental protestors over working-class jobs in the coal industry

The disdain environmentalists have for the coal industry is no secret, but nor can its economic importance be discounted. In portions of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the industry is vital, and in neighboring West Virginia coal is the lifeblood of the state. It’s worth pointing out that West Virginia is one of the poorest states in the country, a fact that has not led the Environmental Left to show it any mercy.

Increased regulations have made it increasingly difficult for coal to be competitive. West Virginia admirably stood up for itself in 2000 and turned from its traditional Democratic pattern and voted for George W. Bush. Undoubtedly the fact Al Gore’s environmental extremism was well-known aided the Bush campaign and in the tight ’00 election, WVA tipped victory into the GOP column. West Virginia again went for Bush four years later.

The environmental agenda sets the financially comfortable liberals of the suburbs against the working-class Democrats in heavy industry. The Left has counted on a strategy of giving working people the rhetoric, while giving the well-connected the actual policy. Because Obama’s persona is not as elitist as the obnoxious Gore’s was, hammering home that disconnect is going to be tougher. But saying it’s going to be tougher is not a reason to give up on the attempt.

That’s why Romney was correct in making this point today even if the whole “war on” line put coal on an increasingly extensive laundry list of things or people that are apparently having a war waged against them this election season.

What’s more important is that on an issue where the left wing has to choose what’s more important to them, the agendas of the well-off or the needs of the working class, they choose the former. Obama has been no different in practice. If the voters of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are bold enough to break ranks again in November, the GOP would be wise to remember what it was that motivated them.

Dan Flaherty is the author of Fulcrum, an Irish Catholic novel set in postwar Boston with a traditional Democratic mayoral campaign at its heart, and he is the editor-in-chief of TheSportsNotebook.com

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11 thoughts on “Obama Chooses Extreme Environmentalism Over Workers

  1. GerePaul22 says:

    Both Obama and Romney have no
    choice but to change the path in the US from the use of 40% of the world’s coal
    supply! What makes that the right choice is another reality: Unfortunately,
    global sea level rise is a danger that must be considered by the next president
    of the United States. The issue threatens the future of Florida, the
    nation, and communities around the world. Providing effective solutions will
    challenge all levels of government. (Read more at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/-QykWcAXGuI/story01.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email).
    A prayed at Mass today (in Shanghai) that I would be more effective in helping
    our world solve the coming effects of the tidal wave heading towards our shores
    in the form of climate change for the worst.

    This is the most serious
    challenge facing all of us and definitely on the same level as who is going to
    buy our health insurance. That will be settled in the supreme court in our
    favor and we Catholics will stand up for that until it happens. But clearly my
    conscience will not allow me to vote for a president who thinks it is ok to
    ignore climate change as being an “Al Gore fantasy”. That is just political poppycock
    and an excuse to ignore the facts and support a very small handful of paid
    political pundits.

    It is not possible to fix the
    climate change results if we wait longer to do it. But we have time to fix the
    health care issues. We won’t lose our freedom as long as we are who we are but
    we will lose our planet as we know it unless we act now.

    The results of having debate
    without action now is to face the worst of “…the last days” much
    sooner. The rich and middle class will not face the suffering that the poor of
    the whole world will. Lives will be lost beyond our worst imagination if we
    don’t act now. Pope Benedict made it clear as did Blessed JPII that we are
    stewards of our environment and have responsibility to act to protect it – all
    of us! They both referred to correcting what is causing climate change – the
    use of fossil fuels. So as much as we must suffer pain now to prevent
    cataclysmic pain of billions in the future, we should come to the aid of the
    coal dependent families rather than support them in what is now clearly doing
    more damage to the earth.
    I am sorry if I have offended many
    of my brother and sister Catholics that deny climate change only because they
    cannot understand the science. If they could understand the science I am sure
    they would see that they as well I must in conscience pick between the least of
    two evils! Please pray for guidance and wisdom.

    I am sorry if I have offended many
    of my brother and sister Catholics that deny climate change only because they
    cannot understand the science. If they could understand the science I am sure
    they would see that they as well I must in conscience pick between the least of
    two evils! Please pray for guidance and wisdom.

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