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Forum eyes future of America due to Obama actions

August 19, 2015

By CASEY JUNKINS , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - For better or for worse, depending on one's perspective, President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan will significantly change America by the year 2030 - if its goal of cutting 32 percent of CO2 emissions from electricity plants becomes reality.

To the dozens of coal industry officials, elected leaders, candidates and concerned members of the public gathered for the West Virginia Coal Forum at Oglebay Park on Tuesday, the effect of the plan will be decidedly negative, as they believe the state is set to lose thousands of jobs and see skyrocketing electricity rates.

"By 2030, if this thing stands, our country will look nothing like this," Jason Bostic, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said. "If West Virginia is going to continue to mine coal, the Clean Power Plan cannot stand."