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Rogers Opposes EPA Coal Industry Policies

Congressman Hal Rogers

Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers is accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of waging a “relentless attack on jobs in the coal industry.”

The Somerset Republican leveled the charge directly to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday (March 27) during a budget hearing in Washington.

Rogers claims the agency’s interpretation of environmental rules and its design of new regulations has made it almost impossible to mine coal and cost the jobs of eight thousand Kentucky miners.

“It’s sad, it’s tragic. It also makes me mad and so don’t look for any friendship out of this seat. The nation needs this inexpensive electricity that comes from burning coal. There’s not enough wind, nor sun, nor nuclear, or natural gas or anything else.” –Hal Rogers.

Rogers says he doesn’t see any bureaucrats in Washington who seem to care about the economic devastation that has occurred in eastern Kentucky. He claims current federal energy policies are going to result in an “unbelievable” increase in electricity costs.

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