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Rogers Speaks at Pro-Coal Event in DC

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Washington, DC, Sep 26, 2013 | Danielle Smoot (606-679-8346) | comments
Today, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) and several colleagues representing the coalfields of Central Appalachia joined a pro-coal, pro-jobs press conference in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) latest assault on coal with new overreaching regulations. The event was hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Ed Whitfield and included the entire Kentucky Republican delegation: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Brett Guthrie, Congressman Andy Barr, and Congressman Thomas Massie. 

"Through the President's deliberate strangulation by regulation, 6,200 coal miners in my district are out of a job," said Rogers to the crowd outside of the U.S. Capitol Building. "This administration needs to realize that coal is our best strategic energy resource and keeps our utility bills low. Coal puts food on the table and keeps our manufacturing businesses humming. Coal keeps the lights on!" 

On Friday, September 20th, the EPA released the first-ever proposed carbon limits on future coal-fired power plants in an effort to move the country away from burning one of the nation's cheapest sources of energy. The President also gave the EPA a timeline to set new standards for the nation's current coal-fired power fleet next summer. 

In an effort to halt the President's War on Coal, Congressman Rogers has slashed the EPA's budget by 46%, supported pro-coal legislation, like the Ensure Reliable and Affordable American Energy Act (H.R. 3104), and continues to meet with a number leaders across the country and the Commonwealth to develop pro-growth solutions for the Fifth Congressional District and the Central Appalachian coalfields.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit http://halrogers.house.gov/ or follow Rogers on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/CongressmanHalRogers.


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