The West Ridge Mine coal company, which is owned by Murray Energy, laid off 102 miners, on Thursday, and blamed the firings on President Barack Obama, reports KSL.com.
Back in August, Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray reportedly forced his workers to attend a Mitt Romney rally. Some workers said that they lost a day of pay by going to the required rally. Murray also reportedly forced his workers to make campaign donations to Republicans, all of which is illegal.
Even worse, when Murray laid off the workers, he did so in a prayer to God.
The Washington Post reports:
Robert E. Murray read a prayer to a group of company staff members on the day after the election, lamenting the direction of the country and asking: “Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build.”
Murray later said in a statement that the layoffs in Utah are necessary because of the president's supposed war on coal: "There is nowhere to sell our coal, and when we can, the market prices are far lower. Without markets, there can be no coal mines and no coal jobs."
However, Murray failed to mention that coal demand, from power companies, is down 17 percent this year, because of low market prices for natural gas, reports the federal Energy Information Administration [EIA].
In its annual Energy Outlook report, the EIA states: "Lower natural gas prices, higher coal prices, slower economic growth, and the implementation of environmental rules all play a role in the retirements."
Also, Murray did not mention that coal employment hit a 15-year high last November, and coal jobs are either higher, or at the same level, as four years ago in West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio.