When it comes to protecting American coal workers, our families and our communities, one thing is clear: it’s not about politics.
Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of 22 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama urging him not to put potential EPA regulations above the people they would impact the most.
“We ask that you stand with our constituents, our coal miners, and our coal communities by rejecting these proposed NSPS greenhouse gas regulations to reflect the true commercial realities of different fuel types and control technologies. Staying the present course will only prove disastrous: increasing unemployment, raising costs for American families and businesses and reducing our energy security.”
It was also announced this week that a delegation from West Virginia will be sending 17 people, including Democratic state legislators and union and business leaders to Washington, D.C. to fight to protect our coal communities.
Larry Puccio, chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, said it perfectly: “This is not about politics. It’s about people in West Virginia. We want to support our people.”
This isn’t just about West Virginia, though. It’s about 760,000 American coal miners, construction workers, railroad operators, utility workers and their families. It’s about American families and businesses that rely on affordable and reliable electricity every day.