WASHINGTON, D.C. - West Virginia's leaders along with hundreds of miners, their families, and industry officials attended the "Count on Coal's Rally for American Energy Jobs" Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
During the rally, Sen. Joe Manchin said, "Coal miners are some of the bravest and most patriotic men and women I have ever met in my life, and it is always an honor to stand side by side with our hardworking miners, especially during today's coal rally at the steps of the United States Capitol. As Governor and now as Senator, I have always fought for and pledge to continue to fight for coal. But we are not just fighting for the good-paying jobs coal provides. We are fighting for our coal heritage and a way of life that sinks deep into the roots of West Virginia's rich culture. For decades, our coal miners have worked hard every day to produce the energy that lights our cities and heats our homes, and I hope that our miners know that as long as there's coal to mine, I will proudly stand by their side."
"Where I come from, in the hear of West Virginia's coal country, if you step across the line into someone else's backyard and challenge them to a fight, you stick around and duke it out. And you fight by the rules. We believe in a fair fight. But not this EPA," said Rep. Nick Rahall. "This EPA has been throwing regulatory stones, circumventing the Congress, and snubbing its nose at the legal process. They have trampled on the mine permitting process. They have put out air regulations that threaten the future of coal-fired power plants. And, as we stand here today, they are in the middle of conjuring up more coal-killing regulations. But they won't even come to coal country to hold their hearings. They won't come down to where we mine coal and burn coal and give us a fair fight."