June 23, 2015
I am saddened to see the recent layoffs by Murray Energy and other coal companies in our region. For far too long coal jobs have been under attack in our country. These attacks have come from burdensome regulations put into place by the EPA, increased focus on renewable and alternative sources of energy, and most recently by outrageous tax advantages given to gas plants.
It seems unfair to me that our government would offer tax breaks and land deals to a company to build a plant that will likely put many coal miners out of work. Why should our government take our hard-earned tax dollars and use them to sweeten a deal for a giant corporation that will hurt our economy and job market? We aren’t talking just a few workers who could lose their jobs; we are talking about potentially thousands of workers in addition to the recent round of layoffs. That doesn’t add up. It seems like poor economics and even worse government.
I understand that we need to have a comprehensive energy plan, however, the government should not be giving tax breaks to one segment of our energy portfolio while increasing regulations on the other. This just does not make sense to me.
Wellsville Village Councilman