50 state House members send letter to President Obama in support of coal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2013) – Speaking in one bipartisan voice, 50 members of the Kentucky House of Representatives sent a letter Friday to President Barack Obama, urging him to reconsider his administration’s goals when it comes to the country’s use of coal.

“Earlier this summer, President Obama made it clear that he sees coal as a detriment to this country’s future rather than the asset that it is,” said Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.  “Many of us in the House want him to take a much more reasoned approach, because we believe coal can and should continue to play a major role in making the United States truly energy independent. Now is not the time to turn our back on a resource that is as reliable as it is plentiful. Just as importantly, our state cannot afford any more drastic steps affecting one of our signature industries. We’re hurting enough as it is.”

The letter is signed by all five House Democratic leaders and members from both parties.

Click here to download a copy of the letter.


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