The pink slips are pouring in after Obama’s reelection.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A coal company headed by a prominent Mitt Romney donor has laid off more than 160 workers in response to President Obama’s election victory.
Murray Energy said Friday that it had been “forced” to make the layoffs in response to the bleak prospects for the coal industry during Obama’s second term. In a prayer circulated by the company, CEO Robert Murray said Americans had voted “in favor of redistribution, national weakness and reduced standard of living and lower and lower levels of personal freedom.”
“The American people have made their choice. They have decided that America must change its course, away from the principals [sic] of our Founders,” Murray said in the prayer, which was delivered in a meeting with staff members earlier this week.
“Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corporation for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build.”
Murray cited pending regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and the possibility of a carbon tax as factors that could lead to the “total destruction of the coal industry by as early as 2030.” One hundred and two layoffs are planned for Murray operations in Utah, with 54 from Illinois and seven from West Virginia.