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War on Coal

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. LUMMIS. I thank the gentleman for yielding and hosting this Special Order.

Wyoming is the largest coal-producing State in the Nation. It has been since 1986. The 10 largest coal mines in the United States are in the State of Wyoming. And we're having trouble exporting our coal. Even if Americans don't want to use it and would disadvantage themselves in comparison to other countries, we'd like to send it overseas to people who want it.

Who wants it? I'll show you.

China, India, and even Turkey wants our coal. Yet here's the United States, this little dot. This is all the United States wants. It's silly, given this tremendous resource the United States has that produces jobs and revenue and electricity that keeps our manufacturing competitive, to have to send it to those other countries. They want it because they want what we have. They want inexpensive, affordable, abundant energy so their people can manufacture.

We need to protect these jobs in manufacturing. We need to protect the affordability and the reliability by keeping these resources working at home for Americans with American energy.

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