LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) Several Kentucky lawmakers including both U.S. senators participated in a coal jobs news conference last week in Washington.
It was in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent announcement of new regulations on future coal-fired power plants.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the new rules are a government-induced depression in Eastern Kentucky.
“Most analysts believe that under these executive orders the President issued about a week ago, there will never be another coal plant built in all of America. Now what does that say to the coal miners and their families? This is a government induced depression in Eastern Kentucky. We’re doing everything we can to stop this President and if it’s going to be war, we’re going to fight back,” McConnell said.
Congressman Hal Rogers says he has slashed the EPA’s budget by 46% in an effort to halt what he calls President Obama’s War on Coal.