Thousands at Stop the War on Coal Rally

Thousands of people in support of stopping the war on coal gathered in Knott County.

Everyone from entertainers to politicians to miners attended the rally.

The Stop the War on Coal Rally brought in thousands from across the state.

Politicians say the assault on coal in Washington must be stopped.

"It is vitally important to the state and to the nation and to these families that we protect this coal mining in Kentucky," said U.S. State Representative Hal Rogers.

"I think it's one of our great natural resources, and I think we ought to be proud of having coal in Kentucky and all of the jobs that it provides," said U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

"For four generations, Kentucky coal put food on my family's table," said Todd P'Pool, who is running for Kentucky Attorney General.

Entertainers with ties to the coal industry also joined in support.

"The only way I know to fight back as an American and Appalachian child is to use my music to get the message out," said Stella Parton, a country music singer with an album titled American Coal.

Coal mining families came to support their basic source of income and even shoveled some coal themselves.

"I'm real proud of my husband and the work that he does," said Amanda Bowling, the wife of a coal miner.

Amanda says coal allowed her family to move back to Eastern Kentucky where she was born and raised.

"Coal mining has provided us a means of living over the years, and coal mining is a big part of our community and coal mining has been good to my family and I," said Simmie Bowling, who has worked in the coal industry for 30 years.

The Bowling family says coal mining is our future and keeps our lights on.

Coal officials say the only way to stop the war on coal is to stand up and be heard, which is exactly what thousands did at the rally at the Knott County Sportsplex.


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