Originally Posted by OkSlim
You said your political views didn't have anything to do with your answers.
They blamed it on coal, you immediately said it was europe.
Obama is well documented saying he intends to destroy the coal industry.
I didn't just say it was all Europe. I said the industry is scapegoating the current administration's policies for its current problems when the truth is that plays a small part on a list of factors that are causing problems. Conservative politicians siezed on these myths, amplified them, and then used them on the campaign trail.
1) Europe's problems and it's effect on the world's energy demands.
2) Inability to compete with natural gas
3) Environmental regulations set to take effect in the next few years in order to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act, signed into law by Richard Nixon and later modified by the first Bush.
#1 and #2 are the big problems, with #2 being the bigger one. European demand is only just now beginning to slow down after a few years of strong increases so the effects of that issue haven't been fully felt yet. But just wait. Europe has some environmental regulations it is looking at too, and the growth has recently started to slow down without those even coming into effect yet.
#3 is a challenge to the industry too, but not as big or as relevent as the first two.
The rhetoric throughout the campaign focused on #3 and ignored #s 1 and 2 because it was more convenient for Mitt to have everybody believe Obama was single-handedly crushing the industry and costing people jobs just because he feels like it.
We could get into the fact that alot of this is not stuff Obama made up all by himself but rather regulations that were created and set to take effect under previous administrations which were delayed until now. (Think 1st George bush.) But I feel that would be wasted and I am making a real effort here to stay engaged in this stuff without contributing to this trend of every other thread being closed.
There is the extreme right viewpoint, and the extreme left viewpoint, and the truth, which is typically somewhere between the two. Beyond that, I'm honestly not sure what you're trying to get out of me.