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Clinton's Aspen Fundraiser Highlights Her Disdain For Colorado Coal Communities

- August 2, 2016

Today, Clinton Will Attend A Campaign Fundraiser In Aspen

Clinton Will Attend A Campaign Fundraiser At Aspen Valley Ranch In Woody Creek Today. "Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will likely be in the Aspen area Aug. 2 for a fundraiser. Mike Kraemer, Pitkin County senior planner, told county commissioners Tuesday his office received a permit application late last week for a Clinton fundraiser Aug. 2 at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woody Creek." ("Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Set For Aug. 2 In Aspen," The Denver Post, 7/27/16)

Less Than 70 Miles Away From This Fundraiser is the north fork valley, a major colorado coal hub that has struggled in recent years as the coal industry has suffered

Clinton Has Promised To "Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business" In Her Plans To Move Away From Coal-Produced Energy

At A March 2016 Debate, Clinton Discussed Her Coal Communities Plan, Saying It Was Needed Because "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." CLINTON: "So for example, I'm the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right, Tim? And we're going to make it clear that we don't want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories. Now we've got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don't want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Candidate Town Hall , 3/13/16)

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During A November 2015 "Environmentalists For Hillary" Event, Clinton Said "We Have To Move Away From Coal. Everybody Understands That, There Is No Doubt About It." CLINTON: "I also want to say a special word about coal. We have to move away from coal. Everybody understands that. There's no doubt about it." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At An Environmentalists For Hillary Event, Nashua, NH, 11/9/15)

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Colorado Relies On Coal For Electricity Production

In 2014, 60 Percent Of Electricity In Colorado Was Produced By Coal. (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

Nearly Half Of The Coal Mined For Domestic Consumption In Colorado Is Used For Power Generation. "Typically, nearly half of Colorado coal mined for domestic consumption is used for power generation in the state." (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

  • "Colorado Coal Is Burned For Electric Power Generation In Nearly A Dozen Other States." (U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Colorado State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 12/17/15)

Coal Mining Is A Critical Component Of The North Fork Valley's Economy And Society, But As The Coal Industry Has Declined The Region Has Been Unable To Bounce Back

"Regulatory Efforts To Reduce Carbon Emissions, Including Lawsuits From Environmental Groups, Have Weighed Heavily On Coal Producers." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)

"The Loss Of Coal Jobs Has Hit The North Fork Valley Hard Because They Have Represented A Proportionately High Number Of Jobs In A Relatively Rural Area." (Dennis Webb, "Bowie Shuts Down Mine," The Daily Sentinel, 2/26/16)

  • Coal Industry Employment In Delta County Has Dropped From 1,200 Positions To Less Than 400 Since 2013. "The closure is another big economic blow to Delta County, whose coal industry employment has dropped from 1,200 positions to less than 400 since 2013." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)
  • Delta County Colorado Has Lost Roughly 1,000 Mining Related Jobs And 12 Percent Of Its Tax Revenue. " The end of production at the Oxbow and Bowie over the past two years has killed roughly 1,000 jobs - mining jobs that county officials said paid an average of $80,000 plus health benefits and pensions. Delta County has lost 12 percent of its tax revenues with the recent closures." (Bruce Finley, "Collapse Of Colorado Coal Industry Leaves Mining Towns Unsure What's Next,"The Denver Post , 5/14/16)
  • This Employment Decline "Doesn't Include The Hundreds Of Support Jobs In Fields Like Construction And Logging That Helped Keep The County's Mines Running." "That doesn't include the hundreds of support jobs in fields like construction and logging that helped keep the county's mines running." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)

Delta County Administrator Robbie LeValley: "The Coal Mines Are Very Critical To The Economy Of Delta County." "'The coal mines are very critical to the economy of Delta County. We have lost two-thirds of those jobs in the last three years,' said Robbie LeValley, Delta County administrator." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)

  • LeValley: "Mining Jobs Pay About Three Times The Average Wage" In This Part Of Colorado. "Mining jobs pay about three times the average wage in that part of Colorado, so even if miners find a way to stay, they face a much lower standard of living, LeValley said." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)
  • LeValley: "Their Children Attend Area Schools, And Their Families Provide A Vitality Now Lacking In Many Parts Of Rural Colorado." "Their children attend area schools, and their families provide a vitality now lacking in many parts of rural Colorado, she said." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)
  • LeValley: "The County And Its Schools Are Also Bracing For The Big Budgetary Hits That The Lost Tax Revenues" From Coal Mine Closures Will Create. "The county and its schools are also bracing for the big budgetary hits that the lost tax revenues from the closure will create, she said." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)

Arch Coal Has Laid Off Many Coal Miners At West Elk Mine And Declared Bankruptcy Due To The Unforgiving Coal Market, Decisions Which Have A Widespread Impact On Colorado's Coal Industry And Local Communities

"The North Fork Valley Is Coping With The News That The Last Operating Local Coal Mine Is Making Layoffs As The Coal Industry In The Valley Continues Contracting To A Mere Fraction Of Its Former Size." (Dennis Webb, "West Elk Mine Undergoes Layoffs," The Daily Sentinel, 6/2/16)

  • In June, Arch Coal Announced That It Will Lay Off 80 Employees At The West Elk Mine. "Arch Coal said Thursday that it is laying off 80 employees at its West Elk Mine near Somerset. It said the action was made necessary by continuing challenges in the domestic and international markets for thermal coal, which is used in power generation." (Dennis Webb, "West Elk Mine Undergoes Layoffs," The Daily Sentinel, 6/2/16)

Amidst The North Fork Valley Coal Layoffs, Mining Employment Has Fallen To About 350 Prior To These New Layoffs. "The West Elk layoffs come as the North Fork Valley in recent years has seen the permanent closure of Oxbow Mining's Elk Creek Mine and multiple rounds of layoffs at Bowie Resource Partners' now-idled Bowie #2 Mine. Delta County Administrator Robbie LeValley said the three mines employed more than 1,200 miners as of about three years ago and the valley's mining employment had fallen to about 350 before the new West Elk layoffs." (Dennis Webb, "West Elk Mine Undergoes Layoffs," The Daily Sentinel, 6/2/16)

"Last Year West Elk Was Colorado's Most Productive Coal Mine, Mining More Than 5 Million Tons" Compared To Just 550,000 Tons In The First Three Months Of 2016. "Last year West Elk was Colorado's most productive coal mine, mining more than 5 million tons. But it has produced only about 550,000 tons altogether in the first three months of this year, according to state data. Even last year's state-leading production by West Elk was down more than a million tons from 2014." (Dennis Webb, "West Elk Mine Undergoes Layoffs," The Daily Sentinel, 6/2/16)

"Arch Coal Filed For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization In January." "Arch Coal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in January, one of numerous coal companies to have gone bankrupt as the industry struggles with competition from natural gas in the energy generation sector, slowing exports and increasing regulations related to the environmental impacts of burning and mining coal." (Dennis Webb, "West Elk Mine Undergoes Layoffs," The Daily Sentinel, 6/2/16)

Earlier This Year, Bowie Resource Partners Idled Bowie No. 2 Mine Due To The Volatile Coal Market

Bowie Resource Partners Idled Bowie No. 2 Mine Near Paonia In February. "The North Fork Valley is now down to one operating coal mine after Friday's announcement that the Bowie No. 2 Mine near Paonia is being idled. Kentucky-based Bowie Resource Partners said in a news release that the action is occurring 'as a result of continued market deterioration.' 'The mine will remain idle while the market for Bowie No. 2 coal is evaluated,' the company said." (Dennis Webb, "Bowie Shuts Down Mine," The Daily Sentinel, 2/26/16)

Bowie Said That It Would Eliminate 68 Of Its 108 Positions When It Idled The Mine. "The mine employs 108 full-time employees and one contractor. Bowie said it expects that 68 positions will be eliminated." (Dennis Webb, "Bowie Shuts Down Mine," The Daily Sentinel, 2/26/16)

  • Bowie No. 2 Mine Has Gone From Employing More Than 300 Workers To Laying Off 150 in 2014 And 100 In 2015, In Addition To These New Layoffs. "Just a few years ago, Bowie No. 2 employed more than 300 miners. However, in 2014 it announced some 150 layoffs following the loss of a contract to supply the Tennessee Valley Authority. Last year it announced nearly 100 more layoffs as it idled its underground longwall mining operation so it could prepare a new longwall panel for mining. But it warned the layoffs could be permanent and said then it was continuing to evaluate the market for the mine's coal." (Dennis Webb, "Bowie Shuts Down Mine," The Daily Sentinel, 2/26/16)

The Town Of Paonia Used To Get About $125,000 Per Year From Severance Tax And Mineral Leasing Revenues, But It Will Likely Get Less Than $40,000 This Year. "Berry said that Paonia used to get up to about $125,000 a year from severance tax and mineral leasing revenues, and the latest projection is that it will be lucky to get about $40,000. The difference could pay for two full-time police officers, she said." (Dennis Webb, "West Elk Mine Undergoes Layoffs," The Daily Sentinel, 6/2/16)

Delta County Has A Population Of 30,000, So "Bowie #2's Closure Is Equivalent To Several Thousand Jobs Lost In One Swoop In Metro Denver." "For Delta County, which has a population of 30,000, the hit from the Bowie #2's closure is equivalent to several thousand jobs lost in one swoop in metro Denver, LeValley said." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)

  • "People Would Be In An Uproar About That, But The Comparatively Small Number Of Jobs Involved, A Rural Location And The Ties To Coal, Now Out Of Favor, Will Likely Result In Minimal Reaction." "People would be in an uproar about that, but the comparatively small number of jobs involved, a rural location and the ties to coal, now out of favor, will likely result in a minimal reaction in Colorado's corridors of power, she feared." (Aldo Svaldi, "Delta County Losed Another Big Coal Mine With Closure Of Bowie #2," The Denver Post, 6/7/16)

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