GOP offers Obama lump of coal

During the last Republican weekly address before Christmas, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) offered President Obama a lump of coal for the holiday. 

“Not because he’s been bad this year ,” Kelly said, “because this product right here holds the potential for a 21st-century economic revival. 


The president, Kelly argued, has spent his entire presidency trying to “bankrupt” the coal industry. 

The EPA recently released new climate regulations on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The rules would require those plants cut carbon dioxide emission 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

The move has angered Republicans. 

“Federal regulations have already forced two coal-fired power plants in my district to close over the past two years,” Kelly said. “Hundreds more are set to shut down around the country.”

Kelly urged the commander in chief to tap into America’s abundant natural resources. 

“No other nation in the world has been blessed with such abundant, affordable, and accessible resources,” Kelly said. “And with all that God has given us, we shouldn’t be just trying to keep up with the pack. My goodness, we should be leading the world.”

On Friday, 102 lawmakers — 96 Republicans and six Democrats — sent a letter to Obama pressing him to withdraw the rules.

“Whether it’s stopping these regulations, expediting infrastructure, or expanding production, there’s so much we can do to encourage the development of all forms of American energy,” Kelly said.

The Pennsylvania representative reiterated the GOP's stance that it will quickly take up the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in 2015.

The two parties have sharply disagreed over the pipeline's impact on job creation and pollution. 

"But that’s next year," Kelly said. "Merry Christmas everyone."