IN SEPTEMBER, I joined with the general presidents of other unions in submitting a joint letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposing a sensible alternative to the overreaching, job-killing, industry-disrupting Clean Power Plan.
[TRIANGLE, VA.] The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) supports today’s withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) by the Trump administration, while at the same time encouraging the administration to move quickly to propose a more reasonable replacement rule and step up support of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and its commercial application.
Drip. Drip. Drip. Can you hear it? It’s the sound of economic opportunities going down the drain, a drop at a time. It’s the feel of job prospects dissolving. It’s a young family that can’t afford decent housing or small luxuries for the kids.
Is this the future we’re headed for? Surely we hope not. But, with all the best intentions, those who oppose any expansion of the oil and gas industry in B.C. could deprive many in the province’s present and future workforce of the prosperity they have every reason to expect.
President Trump’s commitment to fossil fuels could mark a turning point in America’s energy future. Certainly, expanded federal support for coal, natural gas and petroleum would create jobs for workers engaged in field construction, coal mining, petroleum and natural gas extraction, transportation and other industries.
Much is being written about the new administration's energy policies, the choice of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for energy secretary and fossil fuels in general. There is concern about the environment, the performance of the Environmental Protection Agency and the new administration's view of an energy future for our country. All of this concern is often politicized, emotional and, frankly, it can be uninformed on both sides of the aisle.