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Johnson Leads House Energy Discussion; Fights for Coal Industry

Joined on House floor by West Virginia’s Jenkins and Mooney

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Washington, December 1, 2015 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
While President Obama is overseas calling for a carbon tax that would devastate Ohio and Appalachia' s coal industry and the jobs that come with it, Rep. Bill Johnson led a Special Order on the floor of the U.S. House that highlighted the body’s approach to a truly all of the above domestic energy strategy:
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While President Obama is overseas calling for a carbon tax that would devastate Ohio and Appalachia' s coal industry and the jobs that come with it, Rep. Bill Johnson led a Special Order on the floor of the U.S. House that highlighted the body’s approach to a truly all of the above domestic energy strategy:

“Last night, I led a Special Order on the U.S. House floor discussing how America's energy landscape has changed in recent years -- from one of supposed scarcity to one of abundance. America must take advantage of the tremendous opportunity we have of becoming energy independent, and that’s why I highlighted a truly all-of-the-above domestic energy strategy – a strategy that focuses on a secure and reliable energy sector, with affordable electricity rates for hardworking taxpayers and small businesses. Importantly, it's a strategy that reverses the Obama Administration's War on Coal, expedites liquified natural gas exports, encourages the responsible development of oil and gas, and provides a rebirth to American manufacturing. Most importantly, it would put Americans back to work.”

In particular, Johnson discussed the “Stream Protection Rule,” the Office of Surface and Mining’s proposal to further regulate the coal mining industry, which has already lost more than 40,000 jobs since 2011. If the Administration allows this rule to go into effect, an additional 40,000 to 78,000 coal mining jobs will be at risk.

“Make no mistake, this is not an effort to protect streams. It is an effort to regulate the coal mining industry out of business,” Bill Johnson said. “This rule means increased energy costs for families and small businesses. At least 22 states – including Ohio – rely on coal for their primary fuel source. Not surprisingly, these states’ electricity prices are well below the national average. I fear that will no longer be the case if we allow this rule to go into effect. Companies will be forced to pay more for their energy bills instead of hiring additional employees, and, families will be forced to make tough decisions as well, like paying the electric bill or putting food on the table, clothes on the kids, and providing for their education.”

Joining Johnson participating in the Special Order were, among others, West Virginia representatives Evan Jenkins (WV-3) and Alex Mooney (WV-2).

A full transcript of Johnson’s remarks can be found here. (LINK)

Today, Johnson joined the House GOP Leadership to highlight the bills the House will consider this week. (LINK)

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