U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement on his vote today in support of the Stop the War on Coal Act (H.R. 3409):
"President Obama has waged a steady, aggressive, and job-destroying assault on the coal industry in America, which is bleeding Pennsylvania and other coal producing states of family-sustaining jobs and affordable and accessible energy. Just this week, Alpha Natural Resources announced it will eliminate 1,200 jobs and close eight mines in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, which its CEO said was a direct result of "a regulatory environment that's aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal.' This environment has led to closures throughout the Commonwealth, including the Third District's own Armstrong Power Station, and if nothing is done to stop it, there will only be more.
"In fact, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity released an analysis this week highlighting the more than 200 coal-based electric generating units that are scheduled to be shut down due to, in part, regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. These coal closures are tantamount to shutting down the entire electricity supply of Ohio, costing jobs, raising prices, and moving our nation away from achieving energy independent.
"America needs an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes everything below, utilizing our God-given supply of rich and abundant natural resources, including coal. Any other strategy will fall short of meeting our nation's vast energy needs, while denying us the opportunity to grow our economy and create jobs through a robust and comprehensive domestic energy policy."