Coal CEO Says Obama Is The 'Nation's Greatest Destroyer'

| by Nathaly Pesantez

Robert Murray, CEO of the largest privately owned coal company in the U.S., Murray Energy Corporation, criticized President Obama's energy policies before West Virginia's Ohio Country Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner on Wednesday.

"Today's coal production and sales situation is extremely dangerous," Murray said, according to The Times Leader. "It is the worst I have seen in 58 years. Our coal buyers cannot dispatch their generating plants because of ever-increasing regulations against them from the Obama Administration and his supporters, and as a result of the increased use of natural gas to generate electricity."

Murray question's Obama's motivations, and posited that it is a "political power grab of America's power grid."

For Murray, the Obama administration's energy policies have seemingly bypassed Congress, the states, and the Constitution--only for them to be dominated by the Environmental Protection Agency, with ramifications reaching far and wide.

"Mr. Obama's actions are a human issue to me, as I know the names of many of the Americans whose jobs and family livelihoods are being destroyed as he appeases his radical environmentalist, liberal elitist, Hollywood character, some unionist, and other contributors," Murray said. "These Americans, you see, are my employees and their fellow workers."

Murray Energy is among the many U.S. powerplants that will have to decrease its emissions with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to combat climate change--a move detrimental to Murray's business, according to The Hill.

In response, Murray has personally taken issue with Obama himself.

"[Obama's] legacy will be that of the nation's greatest destroyer, and he certainly is the greatest enemy that I, personally, and my family and employees, have ever had," Murray said to the audience.

A lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan by Murray Energy was filed in 2014 and subsequently dismissed by a judge. With the EPA announcing its plans to finalize the Clean Power Plan by summer, Murray yet again announced his intentions to proceed with legal action.

Coal generated the most electricity for the United States in 2014, coming in at number one across fossil fuel sources with 39 percent of the electricity generation share.

Sources: The Hill, Times Leader, SNL, EPA.gov, EIA.gov

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