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The Jobs O Hates

December 13, 2010

For all his talk of job creation, President Obama has targeted many occupations for extinction.  Using unelected bureaucrats to implement a host of job-killing measures, his administration is generating piles of pink slips, says Ben Lieberman, a senior fellow in environmental policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute.


  • Several new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit requirements have shut down the construction of coal-fired power plants needed to provide manufacturers with affordable electricity.
  • Jeffrey Holmstead, a former top air-quality EPA official, noted that in 2009 the incoming Obama bureaucrats "withdrew permits that had already been issued," and that "dozens are being held up today because they have no way to meet a new standard that EPA has put out."
  • A barrage of new regulations, including measures intended to address global warming, will hit in January 2011.


  • Joe Manchin, former West Virginia's governor and now its newest U.S. senator, boasts that, "over the past year and a half, we have been fighting Obama administration attempts to destroy the coal mining industry."
  • As governor, Manchin sued the EPA in an attempt to prevent the agency from blocking coal mines in his state.


  • Obama's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is imposing strict fishing limits, even where there is little or no evidence of an overfishing problem.
  • Its controversial catch-shares program is destroying jobs in such fishing communities as Gloucester and New Bedford in Massachusetts, both of which are challenging the program's legality in federal court.

Source: Ben Lieberman, "The Jobs O Hates," New York Post, December 6, 2010.

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