U.S. House of Reps passes "Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012"

The "Stop the War on Coal Act" was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday.

One of the main goals of this act is to stop any new rules that would threaten mining jobs.

"Coal mines are closing, miners are losing their jobs. Our strategic energy advantage is going away for windmills," said Congressman Hal Rogers.

Friday afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Stop the War on Coal Act" that aims to help the coal industry through a series of five bills that would weaken EPA regulation.

The act passed with a 233-175 vote.

Opponents say there is no war on coal and that coal is simply just losing in the marketplace.

"The only battle coal is losing is in the free market to natural gas, to wind, to solar," said Democrat Congressman Edward Markey from Massachusetts.

Congressman Rogers says that can be attributed to excessive regulation.

"The natural gas phenomenon is partly caused by the administration. Not issuing permits to mine coal, driving up the price so natural gas is more competitive," said Congressman Rogers.

But the opponents say the EPA needs to be able to regulate for health reasons.

"This whole thing is an excuse to lower the protection of the pollution coming from coal that damages the health of children, the health of our environment, all across our country when coal is just losing in the marketplace," said Congressman Markey.

Congressman Rogers says his main goal is to try and put those in the coal industry back to work, and he believes this legislation will do that.

The legislation will next go to the senate where some say it not likely to pass.


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