Bill Johnson: Obama Admin’s War on Coal MUST End
Washington, November 11, 2011 | Michael Tadeo (202.225.5705)
Today, Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) announced plans to introduce the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act, to prevent the Obama Administration from enacting job-killing coal mining regulations.
“Every day thousands of hardworking coal miners go to work to put food on their families’ tables and keep millions of American families supplied with reliable, low cost electricity. The Obama Administration has actively sought ways to put an end to the coal industry through onerous regulations and activist rulemaking. This bill will ensure that this Administration cannot continue its efforts to increase the cost of energy for millions of Americans and put thousands of coal miners and coal industry related workers out of work,” said Bill Johnson.
Bill Johnson added, “The federal government should not be in the business of blocking production of one of America’s most abundant natural resources and the source of livelihoods in communities across the country.”
The Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral resources has held numerous hearings on the Obama Administration’s proposed rewrite of the Stream Buffer Zone Rule that by the Administration’s own estimates would cost at least 27,000 coal mining and coal industry related jobs, and place an additional 29,000 people below the poverty level.
The Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from approving any new rules or regulations that could adversely impact employment in coal mines, cause a reduction in federal revenue from coal mining, or diminish the ability for America to produce coal.