House Republican charges Obama’s ‘war on coal’ adds to US unemployment

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said Friday that the Obama administration’s decision to regulate coal power plants would hurt unemployment numbers.

“His regulatory agenda would not only cost West Virginians jobs, but it would deliver a severe blow to our nation’s economy and any hopes of becoming energy independent,” Capito said.

Capito’s comments came just hours after it was reported that the economy added 195,000 jobs in June and that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent.

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“While today’s report shows a glimmer of hope for our nation’s economy, coal-rich states like West Virginia should be very concerned,” Capito said. “Just last week, President Obama announced a renewed plan for his war on coal that could disenfranchise our state.”

President Obama announced last week that his administration would start regulating carbon emissions from power plants, including those powered by coal. Lawmakers from states that produce large quantities of coal have complained that regulations could burden power plants and drive up energy costs for consumers.

“Sadly, instead of moving our country forward like he once promised, the president has decided to turn the lights off in states like West Virginia,” Capito said.

The administration said it was moving forward with the decision to regulate power plant emissions in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the air quality of the country.