September 28, 2012
The Tom Roten Morning Show...Mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on News Radio 800 WVHU/1600 WZZW.
While you're watching the ObamaCare website debacle, don't miss what's next on the horizon!
This week Republican Rep. David Valadao announced he is joining House Democrats in support of a bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system (ie: AMNESTY).
The California congressman makes the three GOP House members to back Democrat-sponsored bill that would "provide a path to citizenship" for the millions of illegal immigrants in the US. The other two are Rep. Jeff Denham, also from California, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.
While most other House Republicans have not indicated support for such a bill, don't be shocked if a compromise bill isn't approved by a majority!
The bill is currently in committee and has yet to be voted on by the House of Representatives.
Mike Duncan, President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was on my show today. He discussed Obama's EPA regulatory assault on the coal industry and how it will impact American businesses, families and consumers. Further, he mentioned EPA’s upcoming public listening tour, which has failed to visit many states, including West Virginia, that will be most significantly impacted by these regulations.
EPA’s multi-state listening tour this October and November is designed to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about new regulations for existing power plants, a draft of which is due in 2014. However, a closer examination reveals EPA has chosen states that receive only a small share of their electricity from coal (26 percent on average), while excluding states whose residents would see devastating increases to electricity prices if the agency’s stringent new regulations are enacted.
EPA hasn’t scheduled sessions in any of the 10 states with the highest percentage of electricity generated from coal, including: West Virginia (96% power, helping it to have the 12th lowest electricity in the nation), followed by Kentucky (93%), Wyoming (86%), Indiana (86%), Missouri (82%), Utah (82%), Ohio (78%), North Dakota (78%), Nebraska (71%), New Mexico (71%), Kansas (70%), Iowa (67%), Wisconsin (63%) and Montana (51%).
“Failing to visit the dozens of states that rely on clean coal for their electricity is a failure of the regulatory process—a failure that should be as unacceptable to [EPA Administrator Gina] McCarthy as it is to us,” says Mike Duncan. He adds that regulations on coal-fueled electricity could have a devastating impact on American families and businesses and the U.S. economy and is encouraging people to visit their website to learn how to take action and get involved.
Here are some notable facts about coal:
· Coal is mined in 25 states and is responsible for over 760,000 U.S. jobs.
· Coal was responsible for 37.4 percent of electricity generated in the U.S. during 2012, more than any other source of electricity.
· Coal is used to generate electricity in 48 states, providing at least half the electricity supply in 15 states and at least one quarter of the electricity in 29 states.
· Coal is projected to remain the dominant fuel for electricity generation in the U.S. through 2040.
· Approximately $110 billion has been invested through 2012 to reduce emissions from coal-fueled power plants.
About West Virginia:
· In West Virginia, at least 18 coal-fired power units are scheduled to close because of EPA policies. These closures will equal a total loss of 2,700 megawatts of power to the energy grid.
· Coal provides 96 percent of West Virginia’s power. The next closes source is renewables at 3 percent of the energy portfolio. West Virginia runs on coal.
· West Virginia is the #1 state in electricity generated from coal.
· West Virginia is among the top 5 coal producing states in the nation. Behind only Wyoming, West Virginia produced 120.1 million tons of coal in 2012.
· The coal industry employs over 23,000 West Virginia miners. These workers earn, on average, $37,000 more in yearly wages than the average yearly wage of all West Virginia industries.
· West Virginia’s energy prices are among the 15 lowest in the nation. Ray payers pay far less for electricity than the national average, thanks in large part to coal’s ability to fuel the state reliably and affordably.
Used to be WV's leaders stood up for coal. Read what Gov. William A. MacCorkle said at the World's Fair in Chicago, 1893...
"Our (WV) exhibitions of coal and coke in its variety of qualities, purity
of kind and thickness of seams was easily PARAMOUNT amidst the
world's greatest collection ... Our (WV) iron ores, building stone and fire clays were
SECOND TO NONE. We received the HIGHEST AWARDS for coke, coal and timber."
Now we have Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall, and Tomblin who back Obama!
Hireling - Derogatory a person who works only for money, esp one paid to do something unpleasant
While their members struggle to pay bills, many mega-church pastors are living high on the hog! Shouldn't there a be a better balance? Do these "shepherds" even care for their sheep? Or do they care about lining their wallet?
John 10:13 - The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
From The Blaze...
Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C., has sparked monumental controversy over a new 16,000-square-foot home he is building with his wife, Holly.
The home’s size and cost have renewed a question that often follows large ministries and churches: Is it wrong for faith leaders to command large salaries and live in mansions?
Read the rest of the story here...