In the most recent debate, President Obama stated, “We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment.” If this were the case, we wouldn’t ask the thousands of advocates like you to join us in supporting American jobs and affordable electricity.
Both coal production and coal employment have declined since the president took office. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, coal mining employment has decreased 5 percent since January 2009. And between 13,000 and 17,000 jobs will be lost as coal plants are being forced to shutter due to onerous EPA regulations, according to our estimate.
Coal production in the second quarter of 2012 was the lowest level of any quarter in the past four years. For the first six months of the year, coal production was 7 percent lower than it was for the same time period in 2009, according to the 2012 Quarterly Coal Report issued by the Energy Information Administration.
We’re keeping track because the stakes have never been higher. The EPA’s war on coal is destroying jobs and the affordable energy that keeps businesses competitive, all while raising costs for families.