coalminerWASHINGTON (8/1/14) — U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement regarding a recent notification by Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. to their employees late yesterday that eight coal mines and other facilities will be closing due in part to Environmental Protection Agency’s heavy handed regulations that continue to decimate the mining industry.

“This announcement is the latest example of the devastating impact this President’s EPA regulations are having on people’s livelihood. It is such a shame this administration has harmed so many hard working families and continues to assault affordable electricity. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy summed up the views of this administration when she testified before the Energy and Power Subcommittee last year. She said that her agency does not measure whether its regulations will actually affect future climate change; it is simply part of an ‘overall strategy’ to demonstrate global leadership. In other words, President Obama wants to be viewed as the most aggressive world leader in countering climate change regardless of the costs and consequences of his policies. I intend to do everything I can to make sure the American people know the truth about these regulations.”

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