Friday, August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012

Obama's War on Coal Can be Stopped, Not Reversed, Says CEO of Coal Company
by Neil W. McCabe
August 24, 2012

The founder and CEO of the nation’s 12th largest coal producer told Human Events in an exclusive interview that President Barack Obama’s war on coal has done permanent damage to America’s competitiveness.

“It can be stopped, but it cannot be reversed,” said Robert E. Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy, a privately-held coal producer based in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Obama is planning to close 175 power plants by 2020, roughly equivalent to 83,000 megawatts, he said. Most of the plants will go off the grid by 2014.

The physical reality is that idle coals mine or coal-fired electric generating plant atrophy, he said.

“Those plants are not designed to remain idle,” he said. “The boilers and turbines are made to keep heat in them and they start deteriorating very rapidly.”

The same is also true for coal mines, he said.

“A coal mine is a living thing,” Murray said. “Once you stop the operation of a coal mine, they flood very quickly, and secondly, the roof conditions, even if you can keep it pumped out, slake.”

“The roof slakes, the roof spalls — these are mining terms,” he said. “As the moisture in the air goes underground from the hot air outside into the 58 degrees underground, the air currents just cut the roof down like a knife. The mine was a living thing. When it dies, you cannot bring it back.”

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Not the Behavior of a Winning Campaign
by Erick Erickson
August 24, 2012

The media keeps showing its rear end. Let me just make that clear. If you are a competent reporter, I’m not sure how you cannot be embarrassed by the majority of those in your profession right now covering politics.

From Mark Halperin, to Jake Tapper, to Chuck Todd, more journalists are actually now admitting just how pliable the media is when it comes to Barack Obama’s spin. All week long, as the economy deteriorates, most every anchor at most every news outlet, most every editorialist in most every paper, and most every “centrist” and liberal pundit has been pointing out the GOP’s extremist abortion position.

Few, if any, have pointed out that Barack Obama’s abortion on demand position is extreme. Few, if any, have pointed out how most Americans favor restrictions on abortion. Few, if any, have pointed out that Mitt Romney’s position is actually more mainstream than Barack Obama’s. Few, if any, have wanted to go beyond Politifact’s ham-handed cover for Obama on infanticide and get into what Barack Obama actually said in 2002. Hear him come out for infanticide yourself right here. Remember, the media is hiding behind the left-leaning Politifact (and yes, it does lean left) to avoid having to deal with this.

They cannot help themselves. But why are they doing it?

They are doing it for the exact same reason Joe Biden is claiming the GOP will put black people back in chains and why Barack Obama would rather talk about uteri than jobs — they all know Barack Obama is losing this thing.

Hysteria creeps into campaigns when the campaigns know they are losing. When George H. W. Bush saw the election slipping away in 1992, he took to referring to Bill Clinton and Al Gore as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The invective went up as his poll numbers went down.

Barack Obama and the Democrats are going to throw in the towel on the tradition of sitting on the sidelines during their opponent’s political convention. In the past, the parties did this with each other. Not now. The Obama campaign cannot afford to. It is too close and polling is about to shift from registered voters to likely voters, which will generate negative numbers for him. He must surrender another tradition to engage in more hyper partisan mudslinging because he is losing.

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Sheriff: Border a Mess, Union Rules Hamper Border Patrol Work
by Mary Ramirez
August 24, 2012

NACO, Ariz. — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s has reassured Americans that America’s southern border is “more secure than it has ever been.” Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz. believes she’s wrong, and he told The Daily Caller that he can prove it.

Dever, a 30-year law enforcement veteran — 16 of them as a county sheriff — showed TheDC the view from the Coronado National Monument region, a mountainous region near the border. He chuckled and motioned toward a National Park Service sign that vividly warns visitors that it’s physically dangerous to venture close to the border.

“Which is it?” he asked, pointing to the sign, “Is it this, or is it what the politicians are saying in front of the TV cameras?”

“You tell me. The people who live here will tell you it is this.”

Dever said public-sector union rules were making it impossible to control the border effectively. Border Patrol agents’ union sets their schedules, he said, so there are not always enough agents in place at all times. And those who do patrol the border are instructed to avoid putting themselves in harm’s way.

“Border Patrol agents have been instructed not to work in certain areas because of the danger levels,” stated Dever, “Upper management denies that, but the guys on the ground will tell you it is absolutely true.”

Cochise County in southeastern Arizona has a front-row seat for an onslaught of illegal crossovers that began in the late 1990s after the federal government beefed up two other border crossings in El Paso and San Diego. “Operation Hold the Line” and “Operation Gatekeeper,” respectively, were successful, but Dever said the unintentional consequences included diverting Mexicans toward Arizona.

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