Lawmakers blast Obama 'war on jobs' in energy sector

"The war on jobs and affordable energy is real and continues to pick up steam with a swarm of new regulations coming out of President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency contributing to more mine closures and plant shutdowns across the country, Reps. David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyOvernight Health Care: Rep. Debbie Dingell on the pain and tragedy of the opioids crisis | DEA moves to curb opioid oversupply | Dem says Trump pick opposes VA privatization New affordable drugs advocacy group pledges six figures in first 2018 endorsement Overnight Tech: Highlights from Zuckerberg's second day of testimony | Trump signs anti-sex trafficking bill | Cambridge Analytica interim CEO steps down | IBM stops advertising on Laura Ingraham's show MORE (R-W.Va.) and Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan Griffith25 House Republicans defy leadership in key spending bill vote House passes 'right to try' drug bill House fails to pass 'right to try' bill amid Dem objections MORE (R-Va.) wrote in an opinion piece penned for the The Washington Times.

The two men, members of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on energy and power, pointed to Georgia Power's decision this month to shutter 15 of its oil and coal-fired units. The utility said the action was necessary to comply with federal air pollution regulations. The decision will reportedly cost the state roughly 500 jobs.

McKinley and Griffith also cited closures in Ohio, Pennsylvania, as well as their home states.

"Communities in Virginia, West Virginia and across the country are enduring first-hand the destructive consequences of this administration’s regulatory assault. The mounting layoffs are creating a domino effect, affecting the economies of local coal communities," they wrote.