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“Fool us once shame on you.  Fool us two times, three times, four; shame on us!

After eight long years of havoc and devastation on the state coal industry and the hundreds of thousands of workers and families across this country whose jobs and paychecks have dwindled away, we say enough is enough.

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Al Gore and now Hillary Clinton.  All are committed to a national energy plan which does not offer a role for coal, let alone any appreciation for its use as a clean base fuel for generating household and industrial electricity around the world. 

Running on the national ticket, Hillary Clinton, and other Democratic Party hopefuls, are simply left with no choice in the matter.  The major party funders – Hollywood, Sierra Club, Bloomberg and others – demand an anti-fossil fuel position from its candidates.

Unfortunately, a percentage of state residents fail to look at these core party platform issues and desire to be loyal to the Democratic party of their parents and grandparents. That party, once promoting hope and promise, is no more.

This year, after nearly two decades of anti-coal and anti-fossil fuel positions, it is time to join the sentiment of independent voters who look beyond a person's voter registration to vote for the individual most protective of West Virginia's energy industries and economic health.

Hillary Clinton may have earned her stripes within the national Democrat Party for her loyalty as a major player within President Obama’s administration during the years West Virginia's economy was decimated.  However, she is undeserving of your support as it is guaranteed to be more of the same!

For additional information, contact the West Virginia Coal Forum at (304) 957-2306.

On April 25 at 10am at the Charleston Civic Center, the West Virginia Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety, along with various industry and safety groups, will host an industry-wide briefing on the interference issue related to proximity detection systems and respirable dust sample devices when both devices are in simultaneous operation.

More details to follow.

For more information, please email Joel L. Watts, Health and Safety Administrator for the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The West Virginia Coal Forum is calling on all presidential candidates to respect and protect the coal industry and the miners who have built this nation.

The Coal Forum is an organization representing business and labor in West Virginia’s coal industry.

As the public now should be abundantly aware, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made it clear this week that she will continue the Obama Administration’s war on coal.

“We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business,” Clinton said Sunday night while boasting about her clean energy program — and with a big smile on her face, according to media coverage of the event. The remarks were made during at a CNN town-hall event.

The West Virginia Coal Forum extends its gratitude and praise to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for helping to halt the federal government’s so-called “Clean Power Plan.”

The Coal Forum is an organization representing business and labor in West Virginia’s coal industry.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision halts the clean power plan in its tracks, giving our coal industry some much-needed breathing room,” said Coal Forum Co-chairman Chris Hamilton. “This is all because of the efforts of our Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. His determination and leadership have never failed West Virginia and the coal industry since he first came into office.”

The West Virginia Coal Forum commends West Virginia’s U.S. Senate delegation for their leadership and support of two joint resolutions that express the Senate’s disapproval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan. 

The Coal Forum is an organization representing business and labor in West Virginia’s coal industry.

“Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin demonstrated true leadership in the coal industry’s fight against EPA’s power plant rules,” said Coal Forum Co-Chairman Chris Hamilton. “The entire country now knows that the majority of the United States Senate disapproves of the president’s irresponsible and economically dangerous energy policy agenda.”

Charleston, WV (November 5, 2015) – The West Virginia Coal Forum applauds West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s continued efforts to strike down the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new source performance standards (NSPS). This rule effectively prohibits the construction of new, coal-fired power plants.

Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the West Virginia Coal Forum, said, “With the loss of nearly 8,000 direct mining jobs in our state and region at the hands of the Federal government, General Morrissey is a true champion who continues to fight for the people of West Virginia. We are hopeful that his suit will lead to a reversal of the NSPS regulations.”