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Huh? Alabama Politicians Declare God Gave Us Coal, So Obama’s EPA Has No Right to Regulate It

Like many coal-mining states, Alabama is worried that EPA regulations on the coal industry will cost jobs and hurt the economy of the struggling state. Yet, instead of arguing on the merits of keeping good paying jobs or coming up with any facts on their own, Alabama officials have chosen another tack, they are arguing you can’t regulate something that is a gift from God.

“Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?” Commissioner-elect Chip Beeker said, calling the EPA regulations unfair.

Of course, Beeker should have probably thought that through a little bit better since he essentially opened up an entire can of worms where it was okay, according to the state,  to refuse to abide by any regulations if it involved a gift from God (like your body, your land, your livestock or even your womb.)

Yet, as PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh made clear, the point of the day was not to argue reasoned facts (climate change and environmental issues weren’t even on the menu) but to make it clear when it came to coal, God was clearly on the side of Alabama and not Obama’s EPA.

“We will not stand for what they are doing to our way of life in Alabama,” said Twinkle Cavanaugh. “We will take our fight to the EPA. I hope all the citizens of Alabama will be in prayer that the right thing will be done.”

Then, without any sense of irony of all, Republican National Committeeman Paul Reynolds chimed in to actually blame Obama and his administration for getting off-base and daring to talk about facts and the environment instead of turning a public government press conference on the EPA  into a shout out to God.

“The Obama administration should be concerned about a potential world at war instead of something dumb, like a war on coal,” the GOPer said. “What we’re dealing with is government run amok.”

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  • diablodejalisco

    wow, it just keeps getting worse. please vote democrat before its too late.

    • usmc-tex84

      The democrats are the problem in the first place. It’s the dems that seem to think they have business within everybody else’s, and thin the federal government should have any say over the way the 50 sovereign states conduct themselves. It was too late when you idiots voted for obama, again

  • don

    Really…wow I am truly at a loss for words on this one. Please people for the sake of our great land, GET RID OF THESE GOOF BALLS!!!

    • Goforride

      Remember, it’s the people who elect them that are the real issue.

      • usmc-tex84

        Yep, that’s whats wrong with California and all of the garbage they keep sending to D.C.

        • Goforride

          Glad to know there’s somebody who knows the correct way for other people to vote. That’s the spirit of democracy.

  • Goforride

    Oh, boy! I can’t wait to try the God-given Alabama marijuana.

  • don

    I had to stop reading mid-way, I felt myself dumbing down every second

  • Dave

    God gave us Ebola too….so I guess we all need to get infected. Man these people are beyond F-ing stupid!

  • Michelle Ealy

    Really? Your joking right

  • Olive

    Of course, the EPA isn’t regulating coal itself, but what we do with it… I don’t think the EPA would be upset if we just left it in the ground where God put it…

    • Goforride


  • usmc-tex84

    Newsflash! Global warming/climate change is a proven natural cyclical occurrence. Happening yes, because of us no. Do your research, you make yourselves sound more and more ignorant every day

    • Goforride

      I did my research and all but the lunatic fringe think it’s man made.

      • usmc-tex84

        Tell you what, I will go and find them just for you.

        • Goforride

          3 days…still waiting.