Commonwealth Journal

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September 21, 2012

Rogers applauds attack on Obama coal policy

Somerset —  

Congressman Hal Rogers and other House Republicans have been complaining long and hard about President Obama’s “war on coal.”
Yesterday, they did something about it.
Rogers and his colleagues voted to put a damper on President Barack Obama's environ-mental policies in favor of increased coal production. The bill would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from restricting greenhouse gases, quash stricter fuel efficiency standards for cars and give states control over disposal of harmful coal byproducts.
“For the past three and a half years, this administration has waged war on Appalachian coal with job-killing regulations and a permit moratorium — driving coal out of the marketplace and miners out of work,” said Rogers yesterday. “In this year alone, Kentucky has lost over 2,000 good-paying coal jobs and dozens of businesses are downsizing as a result.
“Coal is not America’s energy problem, it is America’s energy solution — which is why this costly onslaught on Kentucky coal miners and American businesses has got to stop,” the Somerset congressman added. “‘The Stop the War on Coal Act’ will prevent Washington bureaucrats from issuing regulations that kill jobs and further set back our slow economic recovery. I am proud to stand in support of coal miners and coal communities today by sending a message to the President that his policies are wrong-headed not only for coal, but for our country.” 
The "Stop the War on Coal Act," passed on a mainly party-line vote, is a companion to GOP campaign ads accusing Obama and Democrats of costing the U.S. hundreds of thousands of jobs while driving up energy prices. Democrats dismissed the legislation as political theatrics, pointing out that almost all the provisions had already passed in the House.
Nineteen Democrats — mostly from coal-producing and conservative-leaning states — broke ranks to join Republicans in the 233-175 vote. The legislation is dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate, and Obama has already threatened a veto should it ever reach his desk.

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