Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Miners and politicians fight for less stringent coal regulations

Hundreds of people from Eastern Kentucky joined with thousands of others from across the country to show their support for the coal industry. The crowd featured a demographic of people from coal producing states like West Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado and Wyoming.

Organizers called it the Rally for American Energy Jobs, but coal was the main topic of discussion.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was passionate in front the microphone, expressing disdain for the Democratic parties stance on coal. He said, “I don't know about you, but it makes my blood boil to see Hollywood liberals plug in their electric car and think they can run their little car without any coal.”

Many people affected by coal layoffs blame Environmental Protection Agency Regulations.

Kentucky’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell said, “The War is underway. This administration has a War On Coal and that's why you're here today. But we intend to fight back.”

The Rally was held on the West Side of the Capitol.