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President Obama is asking voters to punish politicians who aren't backing his new green initiative against -- but.
He may want to be careful what he asks asks for some of those politicians are from his own party listen.
I should not have to be said -- a US senator fighting my own president and fighting my own government.
That's ridiculous I wanna work with and I've reached out I will continue to reach out.
But I need a partner here.
I don't need an adversary.
Yeah so -- -- -- Warren -- really a war on American jobs to join us now as chairman and CEO Alpha Natural Resources.
Resources in Virginia.
Kevin Crutchfield thanks for joining us are so let's talk about it a little bit don't have the President Obama before president became President Obama Senator Obama saying.
He was necessarily -- -- have a war on coal.
Do you feel it in the jobs in Virginia -- with this war on -- -- he's at inflicting.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Literally a war on American jobs American prosperity in -- may ultimately be a war on the American consumer because under the president's policies.
Energy prices will go up.
-- insurers in his speech that they they would not that we also said that about the Affordable Care Act as well also but American people be the judge on Iowa.
Moments appreciate here's here's what we here's how it went down a couple years ago maybe three years ago pres Obama tried to get -- cap and trade bill put into law it fail.
Is this just he is I don't know what's called de facto cap and trade.
That that's essentially what it is you couldn't get what -- want it to the legislative process this business administration has gotten very adept at.
Doing an end around and in implementing their policies via -- regulatory Fiat and that's exactly what's occurring here.
I'll say so we how many jobs does the the coal industry -- let's say in Virginia law and maybe for you -- nationally.
I'm not sure of the exact it -- -- and I think nationally is something on the order of of 80000 direct jobs but forever direct job there are some.
-- -- Indirect jobs but I think importantly.
-- represents about 40% of the nation's energy grid and under the president's policy -- that is at risk and it's a very difficult thing to imagine.
40% of our our electricity -- going away as a result of these these policies -- because as a practical matter.
-- -- part of the reason that we enjoyed a level of economic prosperity we do in the nation today.
Because coal fired power plants are cheaper to -- that they produced -- up electricity power.
At a cheaper rate than say I don't know solar power right.
The area absolutely cheaper than -- solar historically they've they've been cheaper cost has been going up as a result of more and more room where regulatory burden -- it.
They'll look -- our view that we should let the free market sort things out and in the meantime what we're gonna try to do -- work with the policy makers and in DC to try to come up with a solution that that makes sense for all American people.
-- I had like ten seconds left gimme gimme that you send your message to President Obama right here right now.
We need to have.
Constructive discussion around energy policy in the United States the timing of climate change policy is is is dubious at best and we're open to having that conversation and Tom and it's on the administration would like.
Absolutely -- -- second Crutchfield.
-- -- much.
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