Published at RedState.com

Signaling total disregard for its workers, the United Mine Workers of America Union (UMWA) endorsed two Democrats over Republican rivals in upcoming Senate races in coal dependent states.

It’s not a total surprise. Following Obama’s declaration of war against coal in 2008, the UMWA endorsed Obama during his first campaign. After observing Obama’s attack against its members, the UMWA decided to remain neutral and failed to endorse either Obama or Mitt Romney.

Now with the coal industry in a free-fall, the UMWA is seeking to keep Senate Democrats in power.

The UMWA backed West Virginia Secretary of State Democrat Natalie Tennant over Republican Representative Shelly Moore Capito for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). In Kentucky, the union endorsed Secretary of State Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes over Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Naturally, Grimes and Tennant are saying they support coal, but their presence in the Senate would not stop the anti-coal Obama and Reid machine. Pro-coal West Virginia Senate Democrat Joe Manchin has failed to protect coal and there is no reason to believe the addition of Grimes and Tennant would make any difference.

By supporting Grimes and Tennant, the UMWA is being exposed as a liberal front group that puts liberal ideological before the interests of its members. Rank and file coal miners should be outraged that their dues are being used to put them on the unemployment line.

With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, the UMWA is doing its best to keep Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other anti-coal Democrats in power.

The stakes could not be higher for the coal industry. If the Democrats keep the Senate the coal industry is doomed but if Republicans control both chambers in Congress the industry might be saved from extinction.

Since taking office, President Obama has waged a war against the coal industry. When the Democrats controlled Congress during his first term the president pushed for cap-and-trade legislation. After that bill failed he used the power of the executive branch principally through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to keep his promise to bankrupt the coal industry and make electricity prices skyrocket.

In an arrogant display of abuse of power, Obama is systematically destroying an industry by regulating it to death.

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