For all those clamoring that any negative health effects associated with Kentucky coal mining are simply unacceptable – no matter the economic boom the industry allows these small coal mining communities – a key question continues to go infuriatingly unanswered. Why are unelected bureaucrats in Washington D.C. better able to assess the costs and benefits of Kentucky’s energy sector than those directly affected!?
At least Rep. Hal Rogers recognizes the issues at hand threaten the very existence of Kentucky coal communities:
Coal is under attack like never before. This precious resource fuels our nation’s manufacturing base, puts food on the table for thousands of Kentuckians, strengthens our national security, and affordably keeps the lights on across our country. In southern and eastern Kentucky, communities like Belfry, Lynch, and Clayhole exist because of coal mining, not in spite of it. We need political leaders who assist coal communities and embrace coal miners; not politicians trying to put them out of work!
If there are going to be more layoffs, we ought to start with job-killers in Washington, not Appalachian coal miners.
-U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers on the recent coal industry layoffs