Since taking office, President Obama and his extreme EPA have issued new rules and regulations that are crippling the coal industry. In the weeks following President Obama’s inauguration, his administration was already in the process of rewriting the Stream Buffer Zone Rule – a rule that took 5 years to codify under the previous administration. President Obama’s rewrite of this one rule would cost tens of thousands of direct and indirect coal jobs.
New and costly regulations on coal-fired power plants are on their way. This “Train Wreck” of new EPA regulations has already caused companies like AEP and FirstEnergy to close coal-fired power plants throughout Ohio and the East costing jobs in places where unemployment is staggering. Also, President Obama’s EPA has taken actions to classify coal ash as a hazardous material. Coal ash is used in drywall, concrete, and even bowling balls. There’s no denying that we want clean air and clean water. But the President’s policies in no way balance protecting the environment with protecting jobs.
House Republicans have a solution to help save the coal jobs. The Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409, is a vital step forward to stopping President Obama’s war on coal. This legislation is part of the House Republican plan to create jobs and grow America’s economy by creating jobs through energy development. It stops onerous regulations that are based on politics and ensures once and for all that the Administration must consider the economic impact of new rules and regulations. Ending President Obama’s war on coal is a top priority for both of us and we will stop at nothing until we win this war.
Moore Capito represents the 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia. Johnson represents the 6th Congressional District of Ohio.