Sierra Club cheers & claims “victory” at news of 500 lost jobs
This article from the Hill.com reports on how Texas-based utility, Luminant is being forced to endure the closure of two coal-fueled plants and as many as two additional mines due to extreme environmental regulations and unreasonably short compliance windows being mandated by the EPA.
The article reviews the reasons behind Luminant’s decision, describes how the regulation-forced closures will cost as many as 500 jobs, and then notes that “Eva Hernandez, a coordinator of the (Sierra Club’s) Beyond Coal campaign in Texas” and her employer “cheered” Luminant’s announcement” and claimed it as a “victory for all Texans who care about clean air.”
Of course the employees of the Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign can smugly claim this victory given that, as the recipients of Bloomberg’s recent $50 million dollar handout, they all remain very secure and cozy in their homes and jobs. 500 Luminant employees, however, will soon be out on the street looking for work during what many economists are forecasting to be the second of double dips in this nation’s faltering economy.
Cheering and claiming victory over the loss of 500 permanent, full-time careers in the midst of a worldwide economic downturn borders on inhuman. One is forced to wonder how Ms. Hernandez and her compatriots sleep at night.