Bucshon invites Obama to tour coal mine

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) greeted President Obama when he arrived in Evansville, Ind., Friday, by inviting him to tour an Indiana coal mine.

Bucshon said the invitation was meant to demonstrate coal’s importance to Indiana and his opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

“I talked to the president briefly about coal mines and invited the president personally with a letter to come back to Indiana and tour a coal mine with me and see what the hard-working Hoosiers are doing down in the coal mines,” Bucshon told television station WEHT shortly after he greeted Obama when he arrived at Evansville’s airport.

Obama went to Indiana to speak at a steel plant and celebrate National Manufacturing Day.

Bucshon said his pro-coal message is especially important for manufacturers.

“Right now, one of the biggest concerns we have is what the EPA’s doing on emissions, how that’s going to affect jobs in this area, how it’s going to affect the cost of electrical power in this area, and that inhibits the ability of manufacturers to expand,” he said.

Bucshon gave Obama a letter outlining his opposition to the proposed EPA rule and detailing his invitation to a mine.

Obama told Bucshon he’d look at the invitation, Bucshon said.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) also greeted Obama. He said he appreciated Bucshon’s efforts.

“I hope he takes him up on it,” Pence said of Bucshon’s invitation. “We’re a pro-coal state. We believe in an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which includes coal and oil and natural gas.”