The impact of the EPA on coal mining.
In this past year over 4,000 jobs have been lost in the coal mining industry mainly because the regulations set up by the EPA are prohibitive. West Virginia is a state that has suffered immensely as 53 out of 55 counties have underground mining. Towns are dying throughout the state because the money from mine workers isn’t there to buy products and services. That is just one state that is hurting because of difficult regulations. Any area that has coal mines is suffering.
The United Mine Workers have always backed the Democratic candidate for president. This year they are not backing the current Democratic president. His policies have led to the shutting down of coal mines in many areas which has led to heavy joblessness in those areas. The miners have lost their wages. They can’t buy what they need. Businesses need buyers. The whole economic system is affected.
What does this mean in the whole picture of things? Why is it important? We need coal for creating electricity. It is used in many manufacturing processes. Where will we obtain coal if our mines are shut down? Because the mines are being closed doesn’t mean there is no longer a need for coal. It will need to be imported. Importing coal costs significantly more money. If coal costs more money, the products manufactured using coal will increase in cost. Electricity costs will increase. Our entire way of living will be threatened. We all need to be aware of the significance of the coal industry to our way of life and the problems that are facing it.