Batter up! The Clean Coal Technology Mobile Classroom headed to Medlar Field at Lubranio Park earlier this week to visit with fans at the State College Spikes minor league baseball game. By the end of the game, we had hosted hundreds of visitors into the Classroom, and more than a quarter of the crowd was sporting clean coal hats and shirts. It was great to see Pennsylvanians enjoying summertime and stopping by the Mobile Classroom to learn more about clean coal technology in their state.
Last week, our team was on the ground in Somerset County and made stops at the nearby Meyersdale Farmers Market, a local barbershop, and several local restaurants. The main thing that we continue to hear is that more and more people are worried that EPA regulations could impact these parts of Pennsylvania. Many people in this county work in the coal industry in some capacity, and many people that we’re talking to have expressed concern about keeping electricity costs low and keeping jobs safe.
“Coal is our life-blood in these parts,” said Carl, a third-generation miner. “If the industry goes under, we’ve got nothing else.” According to initial findings from a National Economic Research Associates study, proposed EPA regulations would increase electricity rates up by 17.1 percent. In addition to higher electricity rates, approximately 59,000 jobs would be lost.
Elected officials and candidates visited the classroom this week to learn more about clean coal technology, and stressed the important role that coal plays in the economy. John Vatavuk, a Somerset County Commissioner, and Susan Will, a candidate running for Recorder of Deeds, shared their support for coal and the Classroom.
We’re looking forward to seeing more Keystone State residents as our time here continues.
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