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by Samuel Speciale, Capitol reporter
wvgazette.com

State lawmakers and industry leaders on Tuesday criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan during an hours-long discussion in Charleston on West Virginia’s declining coal industry.

The forum comes days after Appalachian Power permanently closed three plants and the announcement that Murray Energy Corporation would lay off as many as 1,800 miners, some of which are expected to be in West Virginia.

“We’re really in a crisis here,” said Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the Coal Forum and senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association.

Climatologist Dr. John Christy explains why he disagrees with the idea of climate change and the EPA’s flawed climate model. 

By Samantha Cart 
WV Executive

Climatologist Dr. John Christy explains why he disagrees with the idea of climate change and the EPA’s flawed climate model.

A case for climate change is being made everywhere: in the classroom, in the courtroom and in the White House. The science and tenants of global warming are widely accepted in the scientific community and have been translated into government agencies, stringent regulations and green business practices.

Charleston, WV (June 4, 2015) – The West Virginia Coal Forum – an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry – applauds United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts for his call to action in support of mining jobs yesterday in Morgantown, representatives announced. 

Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the West Virginia Coal Forum, said, “We are so very appreciative of  President Roberts and his remarks yesterday in Morgantown.  We need everyone – miners, state residents, elected officials on all levels – to do what they can to stop the EPA’s efforts to put our miners and the jobs of those that depend on them out of work and reduce America’s energy independence.” 

Roberts urged UMWA members to work in their communities to oppose government incentives for new gas-fired power plants, encourage their local congressional representatives to fight new air pollution regulations and support lifting the ban on exports for natural gas. 

The West Virginia Coal Forum, in conjunction with multiple local, regional and national partners, will host a forum to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the coal industry from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston.  

“The issues President Roberts highlighted in his speech will be front and center on Tuesday, and we encourage the public to attend,” Hamilton said. 

The West Virginia Coal Forum wholeheartedly supports a bold request to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to join with other states in refusing to file state plans with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under its controversial “Clean Power Plan” rules. The Coal Forum is an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry.

West Virginia’s three U.S. House members sent a letter to Tomblin June 3 asking him to join with Texas, Oklahoma and other states that have decided not to file state plans with EPA in spite of the federal agency’s plans to finalize new air pollution rules this summer.

“The constant regulatory attack on the coal industry calls for bold action to be requested of and considered by our executive and other office holders,” said Chris Hamilton, co-chairman of the West Virginia Coal Forum. “The Obama Administration is using every resource available to reduce coal mining and take jobs away from coal miners. Traditional responses from state and local governments are not enough to combat the President. It’s time for West Virginia to take a stand and do what our congressional delegation requests.”

Charleston, WV (June 2, 2015) – The West Virginia Coal Forum – an organization representing both labor and management in the coal industry – in conjunction with multiple local, regional and national partners, will host a forum to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing the coal industry from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston. 

Media are encouraged to attend. 

Entitled “West Virginia Coal – 2015 & Beyond”, this first in a series of educational and informational events will bring attention to the impact of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, state and federal environmental regulations and strategies for confronting these critical issues head on. 

Presenters scheduled to participate include:

  • Senate President Bill Cole
  • House Speaker Tim Armstead
  • Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (InviteD)
  • Dr. John Christy, Climatologist
  • Jeff Herholdt, WV Division of Energy
  • Representatives of the coal and power generation industries
  • Chris Hamilton, Vice-President, WV Coal Association & Co-Chair, WV Coal Forum

Seating is limited and reservations are required.  To make a reservation click here.

Stakeholders in West Virginia’s mining economy – business leaders, association representatives, local legislators and policy leaders – are encouraged to attend. 

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The West Virginia Coal Forum is planning a number of educational and informational events beginning this June to discuss the impact of regulatory measures on coal mining as well as strategies for confronting the most significant issues.

“West Virginia Coal – 2015 and Beyond” will include representatives from the regulatory sector as well as industry officials and energy experts sharing expertise on a number of topics crucial to today’s coal industry, including the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.