MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/5/13) – The message from the Hopkins County Coal Rally was plain — "We are fighting back in Obama's war on coal."

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, spoke to a crowd of thousands during a rally held on the Hopkins County Fairgrounds. He was joined by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, state representatives Jim Gooch and Ben Waide, Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool as well as representatives of several coal advocacy groups.

Whitfield, chairman of the House Energy and Power subcommittee, said the rally provides an avenue for getting the message out to America that coal fuels the economy.

"Opportunities like this are very important to help educate Americans," said Whitfield prior to taking the podium. "We are the only country in the world, where you cannot get a permit to build a new coal-fired power plant. Other countries' economies are booming while ours is sagging. Those countries are building coal-fired plants to generate affordable electricity, which fuels their economies."

P'Poole, R-Madisonville, told the crowd Pres. Barack Obama openly declared a war on coal during his first campaign for the presidency.

"Barack Obama is trying to shut us down," said P'Poole. "We are on the front line of that war."

McConnell said the Obama administration's war on coal has caused severe hardship in parts of the state.

"In eastern Kentucky, there's a depression," McConnell said. "Not a recession but a depression. The president's war on coal is war on Kentucky."

McConnell, Senate Republican leader, said the Obama administration has had an "anti-business" philosophy that has been detrimental to the economy and jobs.

When asked about the benefits of UMWA miners, whose retirements were affected by Patriot's federal bankruptcy filing, McConnell said that the matter is still in the courts and could become a legislative issue in the future.

"It's still in the hands of the court," he said, after leaving the podium. "If it gets to the legislature, I hope we can find a way to help."

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

MCCH to Offer Patient-Friendly Payment Options

MURRAY, Ky. (4/19/15) — Murray-Calloway Hospital is proud to announce a business partnership with Knoxville, Tenn.,… Read More

Lady Blazers Capture Second Region All 'A' Championship

MARION, Ky. (4/17/15) — The University Heights Academy softball team won its first Second Region All "A" Classic title… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 6805

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 13, 2015 6231

Three Juveniles, Adult Accused of Vandalizing…

by Deputy Will Coursey
April 14, 2015 5138

Several Juveniles Charged in Connection with Fight

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 4590

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 16, 2015 3418

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 16,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

April 02, 2015 8489

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 6805

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks

Stories Trending Now

April 17, 2015 6805

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 18, 2015 4590

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 19, 2015 1499

ATV Ride, Cookout Raises Funds for Shanice Bean…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 1084

MPD Offers Advice On Prom, Underage Drinking

by Lt. Billy Poe
April 18, 2015 870

Market Commentary - April 18, 2015

by Randall L. Franklin
April 18, 2015 622

Home, Garden Show Concludes Today at Ballard…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 540

Keeping the Faith - 'God Smiles'

by Ronnie McBrayer
April 18, 2015 538

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 501

TVA's Regional Energy Resource Council to Meet in…

by Tennessee Valley Authority
April 18, 2015 494

Hooked on Science - Skewer a Balloon

by Jason Lindsey