I believe that the United States needs a real “all of the above” energy strategy – one that engages our domestic energy industries as partners in an all-out effort to create jobs, lower electricity and gas prices, and achieve American energy security.
Affordable energy is important to Kentucky because of the many coal mining jobs in our state. It helps our state maintain and attract energy-intensive jobs such as manufacturing. We have a responsibility to take full advantage of the resources at our disposal to provide cost-efficient energy rates while also working to make the United States energy independent.
Instead, over the last eight years the federal government has focused on destroying the coal industry. This has caused thousands of Kentuckians to lose their jobs, an increase in electricity costs, and devastation to our coal communities.
I will continue to fight the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to ban coal mining in Eastern Kentucky and throughout Appalachia, as well as the regulatory assault that threatens the use of coal-fired electricity throughout this country, which are killing jobs and driving up electric rates.
To defend our coal miners’ right to work to support their families, I co-sponsored the Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act, to ensure that promises of healthcare and retirement benefits made to our nation’s coal miners are kept.
As long as I am in Congress, I will use my voice to fight for this industry that is so critical to maintaining Kentucky jobs and preserving some of the lowest utility rates in the nation.