Listen as poor, downtrodden EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding tells an audience just how tough it is for the EPA to crush working people in the coal industry.

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SPALDING: But know right now, we are, we are struggling. We are struggling because we are trying to do our jobs. Lisa Jackson has put forth a very powerful message to the country. Just two days ago, the decision on greenhouse gas performance standard and saying basically gas plants are the performance standard which means if you want to build a coal plant you got a big problem. That was a huge decision. You can’t imagine how tough that was. Because you got to remember if you go to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and all those places, you have coal communities who depend on coal. And to say that we just think those communities should just go away, we can’t do that. But she had to do what the law and policy suggested. And it’s painful. It’s painful every step of the way. (emphasis added)

Yes, that’s too bad.

Spalding’s comment reinforces the notion that the Obama administration is following through on the president’s promise to destroy the entire coal industry. President Obama made that promise as a candidate, and his own campaign energy plan did not include coal at all until ridicule forced the campaign to add it. Spalding’s comment is also a useful reminder that former EPA Regional Admin Al “crucify ‘em” Armendariz was not alone in his extremism. Curt Spalding as administrator for the EPA’s Region 1, which covers CT, ME, MA, NH, RI and VT. He needs to be fired.