A major coal company announced more than 160 layoffs across three subsidiaries this week, becoming perhaps the first company to follow through on threats to make cutbacks in the event of a second President Obama term.
Robert Murray, a vocal Mitt Romney supporter and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, began to inform workers of the layoffs the day after Obama won re-election. He announced 102 layoffs at UtahAmerican Energy Inc. and another 54 layoffs at The American Coal Company in Illinois.
The official statement put out by Murray’s company cited Obama’s alleged “war on coal,” claiming federal regulations have “already (led) to the closure by 2014 of 204 American coal-fired power plants.”
The company announced another seven layoffs Thursday at the Kanawha Transportation Center in Wheeling, W.Va.