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Rep. Capito: Coal Powers America

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) emceed the “Rally for American Energy Jobs” at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol today, calling on the Obama administration to support American energy independence and American energy jobs.

“Coal creates, coal powers, coal is America – but our coal mines are threatened. More than 100 mines in the state of West Virginia have been closed. 3,500 miners have been laid off or furloughed. Make no mistake – this is a war on coal. This is a war on American jobs,” she said.

Rep. Capito, the co-chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus, also discussed her legislation, the Ensure Affordable and Reliable American Energy Act (H.R. 3140), which would make America more competitive and lower energy costs.

“Our coal is good enough for China; it’s good enough for India; it’s good enough for Germany. Why can’t we burn it here in America? Because the administration says no: No to American energy, no to American energy jobs, and no to affordable American energy. I, for one, want to keep American energy in America. It’s time for the administration to listen,” she said.