The LuLac Edition #3458, March 30th, 2017
President Trump made an announcement this week about the return of coal. Many on the right say that the over regulation by the Obama administration nearly did in the industry in states like West Virginia and Kentucky.
The future of the industry remains unclear. Many ripped Trump's executive order as bad for the environment and claimed it would not actually bring coal jobs back.
The regulation didn’t help but coal’s biggest hurdle is the abundance of cheap natural gas.
Gas prices have fallen, making it much more attractive than coal. Another problem is technology. As coal companies have gotten more efficient at extracting coal, fewer workers are needed. Coal’s presence in America’s power market has fallen to 32 percent from about 50 percent a decade ago.
Trump's bid to ease regulations is boosting morale, giving coal-mining communities across Appalachia a shot at rebuilding. But if coal comes back, most jobs might fall to automation.
One more thing too. I asked 10 young men between the ages of 19 through 29 if they would accept a job for $25.00 an hour in private business.
They all said yes.
I then told them it was mining coal.
Only one said he’d do it.
The scar of coal as well as the wounds are still here. Even for generations AT LEAST IN THIS AREA, far removed from Knox and the newspaper ads that said “Idle”, the price is still too high.
The RECLAIM Act releases $1 billion from the existing AML Fund to boost economic growth in regions that have relied on the coal industry. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) estimates that releasing $1 billion over the next five years would create jobs for equipment operators and other jobs necessary for mine reclamation.
“The coal-mining industry is vital to the history, character, and economy of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The decline of coal production impacted families whose livelihoods depended on these jobs, benefits, and pensions,” said Rep. Cartwright. “We must also address the often devastating environmental legacy of abandoned mines. Addressing abandoned mine sites and utilizing the reclaimed land for economic development will improve our environment, create jobs, and reinvigorate coal-mining communities. I have appreciated working with Congressman Rogers on this important bill for the past year, and I believe the bill introduced today goes a long way towards addressing the needs of communities affected by abandoned mines. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to improve the language as it moves through the legislative process over the coming weeks.”
In Pennsylvania’s 17th District, there are $174 million worth of abandoned mines. Under this legislation, nearly $300 million is expected to be distributed within Pennsylvania over the next 5 years. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 3,300 miles of streams in Pennsylvania are impacted by acid mine drainage as result of mine and coal refuse pile discharges reaching waterways.
“After working with local leaders and stakeholders, we will be able to provide additional support for vital environmental reclamation, economic development, and job training in Appalachia,” said Sen. McConnell.
“Over the last eight years, we’ve lost more than 13,000 coal mining jobs in Kentucky alone, and through this bill, we have an incredible opportunity to make sure that our coal producing states can access funding that is readily available to restore our land and revive our economy,” said Rep. Rogers.
Currently there is a move afoot in the State Legislature to allow gamblers to use credit cards at The Casinos. A few things here. I believe that we in Pennsylvania should have many of the amenities and conveniences other states have. As a matter of fact for the most part we do.
I understand that there are casinos around the world that accept plastic. But I think this is a really bad idea for the state. Here’s why:
1. Most of the money that gambling was supposed to bring in for Property tax reform never got to the average home owners. We are being screwed by high school taxes. If there is an adjustment to any more gambling money, I want to see it dedicated for Property taxes.
2. Gamblers who are really into these so called leisure activities already have enough ways to lose their money. Credit cards are just a quick ride to bankruptcy much faster.
3. The state has a moral obligation to protect some residents from their excesses. You can call that a nanny state or whatever. But to allow credit cards in casinos is detrimental to the individual as well as the industry. There will always be high rollers who have money to burn. Then there will be the fools who think Lady Luck will smile on them just because.
In this case, we need to protect the fools.
“After speaking with several MPOs in Pennsylvania about their unique infrastructure needs and the steps they are already taking to coordinate with one another, it became clear that the Obama Administration rule was a proposal in search of a problem,” Barletta said. “The rule essentially means that areas like Harrisburg and Hazleton would have to compete with cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Boston for transportation funding. Congress has never given the Department of Transportation the authority to do this, so it appears to be yet another example of executive overreach.”
Last year, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration issued the final rule “Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform,” which requires MPOs in the same urbanized area to merge, adjust their boundaries, and produce a single set of plans for infrastructure projects. In August of 2016, Barletta joined Reps. Tom Marino (PA-10) and Scott Perry (PA-4) in sending a letter to former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requesting that the department withdraw or significantly alter the one-size-fits-all rule. H.R. 1346 repeals the rule and restores local control over decision making and infrastructure investment.
White House Press Secretary is way over his head and is pretty much melting dow. Check this out:
This Week on Sunday Magazine. Brian Hughes speaks with David Chianese, CEO of LESMA, the Law Enforcement Supporters for Media Accountability about a police shooting in Lackawanna County, as well as police shooting cases around the country.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Nick & Tara from Autism Awareness NEPA about their "Taste of the Valley" kickoff event this Sunday from 1 to 5pm in Pittston.
An encore of Frankie's interview with Kyle Pelkey about a Run/Walk to benefit the National Stuttering Foundation coming up on Sunday at College Misericordia in Dallas.
And an encore of Brian's interview with March back from AARP about scams that target senior citizens.
Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magic 93.
ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender, David DeCosmo, and Director Mark Migilore host Mark Murphy from the University of Scranton to the program during the week of April 3rd to outline several events planned around this year's celebration of Earth Day!
Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.
Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.
Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”
Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and he heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.
Bobby's show is back again live this Sunday @6PM on The River.
IAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta State beat Louisiana State University 68-55 in Minneapolis…….583 die in aviation's worst ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport…..Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic…. 39th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Marquette beats NC 67-59…. The 1977 Academy Awards ceremony is notable for Peter Finch becoming the first posthumous winner of an Oscar for acting, a feat matched only by Heath Ledger 32 years later. Beatrice Straight set another record by becoming the actor with shortest performance ever in a film to win an acting Oscar, with only five minutes and forty seconds of screen time in Network.
"Network," along with "All the President's Men," were the two biggest champs of the ceremony with four Oscars each; however, John G. Avildsen won Best Director, presaging Rocky's eventual Best Picture victory.
Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Carrie" (1976), her first acting role since her Best Actress-nominated performance in "The Hustler" (1961), thus being nominated for two consecutive roles, 15 years apart……in Philadelphia the city of Brotherly Love goes crazy over the “Rocky” win…..in Luzerne County Senator Martin L. Murray tells fellow Democrats to remember he is up and running for re-elation in 1978 putting to rest rumors he will retire and forty years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas.