By: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito
Through the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington continues to push an anti-coal agenda. It amounts to an assault on an industry that employs more than 500,000 hardworking Americans and supplies nearly half of America’s electricity.
The EPA’s attempts to control climate change through regulation and stall the approval of mining permits can only lead to coal states like West Virginia bearing the brunt of poorly thought-out policies that translate into greater job loss and higher energy costs.
President Barack Obama is intent on passing legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Should Congress fail to act, the EPA will exert its regulatory authority in an unprecedented manner that will have far-reaching effects on nearly every sector of the U.S. economy — from higher prices at the gas pump to skyrocketing utility bills.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
By Charles Owens
RICHLANDS, Va. — A large crowd — including some who were upset with U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., for his support of the federal cap and trade legislation — demanded answers Tuesday from the veteran lawmaker during a town hall meeting on coal and energy.
“To place an entire economic system at risk for an unproven theory seems a little bit risky to me,” said David Moore of North Tazewell, who questioned the concept of global warming and climate change during the town hall forum held on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College.
CHARLESTON – Our state and our nation lost something special early Monday morning with the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Our nation lost a leader and a respected senior senator. Our state lost so much more – we lost an icon and a true champion of our people and the people of Appalachia.
Byrd died earlier this morning at the age of 92 at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. He was the longest-serving member of Congress in history and was a recognized authority on the institution’s history, its rules and procedures.
“Senator Byrd was a friend,” said Bill Raney. “He was a personal friend of mine and of the people of our state. He was a son of the coalfields and he held a special place in his heart for our coal miners. He worked hard for West Virginia and for our people. His love for our state was matched only by the high regard our people held for him.”
Byrd had served in the U.S. Senate since 1958. During that time he had been the majority leader twice, chaired the Appropriations Committee and written a four-volume history of the Senate.
Sen. Byrd’s wife of 68 years, Erma, died in 2006. The senator is survived by his two daughters, Mona and Marjorie, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Plans for Senator Byrd’s memorial services were not disclosed as of the time of this release.
To view the latest video from FACES of Coal. The video features stream biologist Ben Faulkner who explains why conductivity is a faulty standard for measuring stream health and breaks down the science of conductivity in easy-to-understand terms.
To watch the video, go to www.facesofcoal.org/facts/conductivity
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