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Obama Set To Kill Off Coal Industry?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — The proposed merger of two federal agencies managing public land and mining is part of a White House effort to wipe out the U.S. coal industry, a critic said.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called for the merger of the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Surface Mining.

U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, said he had “serious” concerns about the decision to “suddenly and dramatically” change management of coal mines and BLM lands by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.

“The Obama administration has not made secret its desire to put an end to America’s coal mining industry and this appears to be one more step in that direction,” Hastings said.

Hastings said BLM and OSM have separate duties. OSM oversees surface coal mining regulations while BLM manages more than 245 million acres primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska.

BLM Director Bob Abbey said the merger would make the government work better.

“OSM and the BLM have many complementary responsibilities with respect to mining and the reclamation of mine lands, and it makes sense to explore how we can bring the best out of the two bureaus as they carry out their statutory responsibilities,” he said.

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    First, Mr. Abbey needs to get help to get off those addictive drugs that keep his mind from functioning properly. If he’s looking for something to ‘make the government work better,’ he needs to help America eliminate many agencies, fire/retire MANY government employees, get both feet in the real world and stop being such an obvious shill for Opraiseme.
    Now, for the BIG question. WHAT does Obubba plan to do about the mine workers who will suddenly find themselves without JOBS? Is this a ‘minor’ detail that he and his flunkies overlooked? Did he already make advance arrangements so America’s mine workers can retire early and expect a “rich” retirement?
    What gives, America? I thought JOBS were important to the POSER in the White House. It sounds to me as though he wants things both ways, and miners may have been targeted without their knowledge. Anybody have any ideas or answers out there?

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