Email Blast Smith PA Sen: TOM SMITH REACTS TO PLANT CLOSINGS
March 6, 2012
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TOM SMITH REACTS TO PLANT CLOSINGS
Smith: “President Obama favors the appeasement of his most liberal special interest allies over creating jobs in Pennsylvania and providing consumers with affordable energy”
Coal Industry Veteran & Senate Hopeful Smith Reacts to GenOn Closings
Danielle Ardner and Keegan Gibson
March 5, 2012
Tom Smith founded a coal business 30 years ago. He grew and developed it into a mid-sized company, producing 100,000 tons of coal per month. And the Republican hopeful for U.S. Senate blames President Barack Obama’s energy policies for the news last week that GenOn, Energy Inc. is closing 5 plants in Pa.
“These latest plant closings that will directly cost hundreds of jobs and indirectly thousands more, are further evidence that President Obama favors the appeasement of his most liberal special interest allies over creating jobs in Pennsylvania and providing consumers with affordable energy,” he blasted. “Like the Keystone Pipeline decision, President Obama’s anti-growth agenda has continued to slow our recovery.”
“I built an energy business from scratch and created hundreds of jobs. I understand the importance of the energy sector in leading our economic recovery.”
Smith is running in the Republican primary to unseat freshman U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
President Obama has boasted of his record of environmental issues. His campaign website notes, “Rather than accept congressional Republicans’ arbitrary and rushed deadline to study the health, safety, and environmental consequences of the Keystone XL pipeline, the President rejected the project’s application.”
…By 2015, eight power plants, five of them coal plants in Pa., will close…The Post Gazette lists the coal-burning plants as Elrama in northern Washington County, Shawville in Clearfield County, and another near New Castle in Lawrence County.
….The western PA closings will result in the loss of 180 jobs, Steve Davies, a GenOn spokesman said.
In eastern PA, Titus power plant in Birdsboro and the Portland Generating Station in Upper Mount Bethel Township are scheduled to close by 2015….
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