President Obama’s anti-carbon policies are already killing jobs, even without cap-and-trade:
Up to 1,000 jobs at Bucyrus International Inc. and its suppliers could be in jeopardy as the result of a decision by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, funded by Congress, to deny several hundred million dollars in loan guarantees to a coal-fired power plant and mine in India. . .
On Thursday, the Export-Import Bank denied financing for Reliance Power Ltd., an Indian power plant company, effectively wiping out about $600 million in coal mining equipment sales for Bucyrus, chief executive Tim Sullivan said.
The fossil fuel project was the first to come before the government-run bank since it adopted a climate-change policy to settle a lawsuit and to meet Obama administration directives.
“President Obama has made clear his administration’s commitment to transition away from high-carbon investments and toward a cleaner-energy future,” Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg said in a statement. “After careful deliberation, the Export-Import Bank board voted not to proceed with this project because of the projected adverse environmental impact.”
The bank’s decision is puzzling, Sullivan said, because the power plant will meet international standards and the bank’s environmental criteria.
This decision is particularly idiotic, because it’s not going to reduce carbon emissions one iota. If India can’t buy the equipment from us, they’ll just buy it somewhere else:
Coal mining will take place for the plant whether it’s done with Bucyrus machines or equipment from China and Belarus, Sullivan said.
“Unless the Obama administration jumps all over this and corrects a wrong fairly quickly, I am confident this business is going elsewhere,” Sullivan told the Journal Sentinel on Saturday.
“The bank’s decision has had no impact on global carbon emissions but has cost the U.S. nearly 1,000 jobs,” he added.
All this does is move US jobs and profits overseas. Good thinking.
(Via Hot Air.)