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Blog: Westmoreland Supports Stop the War on Coal Act


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Tomorrow, the House votes on the Stop the War on Coal Act, and that's what we intend to do; stop the Obama administration's war on coal. We don't need more regulation or unnecessary taxes for individuals and businesses in the coal industry- we need to give coal miners a safe and efficient pathway to create more energy and jobs for America. How are we supposed to do that with Obama's burdensome regulations and the heavy hand of the EPA? Truth is- we can't. Coal mines are shutting down due to the regulations, leaving hundreds without jobs and forcing them to go on unemployment.

Stop the War on Coal Act is a packaged bill that consists of five titles that target the regulations of the EPA and Obama administration. The five titles are:

Title 1 --H.R. 4209, Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act. This bill rewrites the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone rule, and prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from issuing regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act that would result in a reduction of the amount of coal available for consumption or export.

Title 2 -- H.R. 910, Energy Tax Prevention Act. This bill stops the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to impose costly greenhouse gas regulations that would hurt not only the mining industry, but other sectors. It will stop EPA's cap-and-tax agenda that would send jobs overseas and drive up energy prices. Finally, it permanently prevents the EPA from implementing a for national energy tax under the Clean Air Act.

Title 3 -- H.R. 2401,TRAIN Act. This bill requires honest accounting of the cost of EPA's rules and protects hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk under EPA's expensive power sector rules (Utility MACT rule, and Cross-State Air pollution Rule).

Title 4 -- H.R. 2273, Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act. This bill provides an alternative for safe management and disposal of coal ash that doesn't affect job and encourages recycling. The EPA's version (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) will cost over 300,000 jobs and drive up electricity costs.

Title 5 -- H.R. 2018, Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act. This bill stops the EPA from infringing on states ability to set their water quality standards under Clean Water Act. Their one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work for every state.

The EPA's regulations are costing us much more than large amounts of taxpayer dollars, they are costing us jobs and sources of energy. Through the five titles, the Stop the War on Coal Act provides relief to an industry under attack. With relief comes jobs, and we all know we need them. I am voting to give the power back to the miners and out of the hands of Obama and the EPA.

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