Obama's war on coal continues

Obama thinks taxing the coal industry more is “cutting subsidies for fossil fuel industries”:

“Coal companies are objecting to an Obama administration proposal that could raise their state taxes to cover the cost of regulating surface mining.

The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is floating the idea to help cut its spending by $16.7 million. The agency’s proposed $146.1 million budget for fiscal 2011 would cut the funds given to coal states to regulate surface mines.

Instead, the agency is encouraging states to raise more money from industry with higher fees. The proposal reflects Obama’s commitment to cut subsidies for fossil fuel industries, agency director Joe Pizarchik said.  …

The coal industry says it’s a job-killing idea that will raise energy prices for struggling Americans.

“The more than 375,000 people who work in America’s mines are the backbone of our economy and are essential to our recovery,” National Mining Association President Hal Quinn said in a statement. “Their efforts should not be stopped by new taxes that will cost jobs and hurt our economy.””  “Coal industry balks at proposal for higher taxes

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