Coal miners petition fires back at President Obama's energy policy

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email
Some coal miners in Eastern Kentucky think President Obama has declared a war on coal and they want him to know they won

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CUMBERLAND, Ky (WYMT) - Some coal miners in Eastern Kentucky think President Obama has declared a war on coal and they want him to know they won't stand for it.

So they are signing a petition in hopes the President will hear them out.

Last month, President Obama delivered a speech, laying out his latest policy on climate change.

"I'm directing the environmental protection agency to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants," said Obama.

His words did not sit well with many coal miners in our region.

Rick Caskey has worked in the coal mines since graduating high school and said he does not think there is enough proof that coal is bad for the environment.

"We truly do not have super hard evidence that coal mining is causing climate change," said Caskey.

Officials with the West Virginia Coal Association started a petition to tell the President that coal is here to stay.

Many Eastern Kentuckians have signed on.

Danny Knott has been in the coal industry for years and has already signed the petition.

"Before they put hundreds of miners out of work which has already happened in some cases, take a step back and say 'hey are we doing the right thing here?'," said Knott.

Christopher Couch has also worked in coal most of his life.

He said this work is the livelihood for many in the area.

"Go to some of these big cities and shut Wall Street down. See how it affects everything. Coal is our Wall Street," said Couch.

He said he supports the petition because every day people are getting hurt by politics.

"When you drive by every day to work and you see, almost daily, places shutting down and the reason why it is being shut down is because our industry is being hurt," said Couch.

The petition must get 100,000 signatures within 30 days.

If organizers meet that goal, the White House has to respond to the petition.

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