WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement in light of yesterday’s news that the Obama Administration is moving forward with sweeping regulations that will ban coal-fired power plants:
"Yesterday the Obama Administration announced it is escalating its War on Coal and effectively banning new coal-fired power plants in America," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. "The War on Coal is a war on the poor and middle class, hitting them with higher energy bills and fewer job opportunities. There has been no bigger cheerleader for Obama's War on Coal than Terry McAuliffe, who proudly declared that as governor he 'never wanted another coal plant built.' Now President Obama is granting his wish, and Virginians are offered yet another reminder of how Terry McAuliffe puts Washington and his liberal ideology ahead of the interests of the state he says he wants to lead. Republicans understand that one of the keys to a growing economy and a stronger middle class is affordable energy, and Democrats across the country are on notice that they will be held to account for supporting job-killing policies like President Obama's War on Coal."
- In 2009, Terry McAuliffe Said “We Have Got To Move Past Coal. As Governor, I Never Want Another Coal Plant Built.” (Terry McAuliffe, Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Debate, Blacksburg, VA, 4/29/09)
- The Coal Industry Directly And Indirectly Supports 45,210 Jobs In Virginia. (Coal In Virginia, National Mining Association)
- Coal Jobs Contributed $3.4 Billion In Wages To Virginia Workers In 2011. (Coal In Virginia, National Mining Association)
- Annual Average Wage In The Coal Industry In Southwest Virginia Is More Than Twice The Average For All Industries. “[T]he coal industry paid an annual average wage of $84,978 in the region compared to the $34,757 for all industries in 2010 (the latest full year of data). Consequently, the coal industry directly accounted for 12.8% of total wages and salaries in Southwest Virginia.” (“The Economic Impact Of The Coal Industry In Virginia,” Chmura Economics & Analytics, 1/18/12)
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