In Richmond, I have been a forceful advocate and protector of our region's coal industry and the thousands of jobs it provides to our people. I am fighting to ensure that our economic and energy future includes the thousands of Southwest Virginia coal jobs and the coal that powers nearly half the nation's electricity. The coal industry is the economic engine of our area. By supporting the coal industry we are supporting affordable electricity and are protecting our energy independence. I am strongly opposed to any proposed regulations and legislative efforts that are trying to eventually shut down our coal industry and in the process destroy jobs, dismantle the economy of Southwest Virginia, and devastate our way of life. I strongly support the coal industry of Southwest Virginia and the quality jobs it provides.