It is clear that West Virginia has been a victim of Obama’s War on Coal these past eight years. In areas of our state, people are living in poverty largely because of a completely out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency. The regulatory burdens on coal have been so aggressive and immediate that the agency has completely discounted the impact its decisions would have on families and jobs in West Virginia.
President-elect Trump has promised to fight for clean coal, and that promise starts with his choice to lead the EPA. I’d like to thank Senator Capito for her leadership in coming out early to support Trump’s pick for EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, and I’d also like to thank Senator Manchin for giving him a chance. He needs to be confirmed if we are ever going to see the Clean Power Plan addressed and help bring our clean coal back in West Virginia.
We have coal, and we can use it at power plants like the Longview Power plant in a clean, environmentally sound way. But in order to keep using clean coal, we have to have smart leadership at the EPA. That agency cannot continue its war on coal as we have had the past eight years. I urge the entire U.S. Senate to confirm Scott Pruitt and finally bring some common sense back to this job-killing federal bureaucracy in Washington.