Remember how former governor Ted Strickland insulted everyone’s intelligence and insisted that Barack Obama was not waging a war on coal?
Ted was lying through his teeth and he knew it.
Last month, Jake brought news of another new EPA regulation aimed at destroying the coal industry, and just a couple of weeks ago, one of the president’s advisers declared that a “war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”
The latest casualty was announced today. Another coal-fired power plant in Ohio is shutting down.
American Electric Power said Thursday that it plans to retire a fifth coal-fueled power plant in Ohio, citing environmental compliance costs and tough market conditions.
Under a deal reached in February, AEP had the option to retire the 585-megawatt Muskingum River Plant Unit 5 in Beverly, Ohio, or refuel it with natural gas. But as a result of the costs and market conditions, AEP said it probably won’t spend the money to refuel the unit.
The company has already announced plans to retire units one through four at Muskingum River by the end of 2015.
About 95 employees working at the five units will be affected.
These 95 workers can thank Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown for their jobs going bye-bye. I don’t think they’ll be too willing to help Ted Strickland wipe the egg off of his face, either.