Coal Association endorses Capito

May 13, 2014 by Whitney Burdette

The West Virginia Coal Association on Monday announced its endorsement of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for U.S. Senate.
The endorsement came the day before the May 13 primary election, but the endorsement carries through to the November general election. Coal Association President Bill Raney said the organization supports Capito, a seven-term U.S. House representative, because she “is leading the fight against Washington’s war on coal.”
“She has a proven record of taking on President Obama’s (Environmental Protection Agency) and its job-killing regulations, and she always puts West Virginia’s coal jobs and workers first,” Raney said. “Shelley Moore Capito is a leader we can trust, and we are proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate.”
Capito has supported or introduced legislation, such as the Ensure Reliable, Affordable Energy Act, in an effort to reign in the EPA and what the coal industry and others perceive as overreach. That bill was in reaction to the EPA’s plans to enact new regulations on coal-fire power plants — a move that would lead to the closure of several such plants in Appalachia.
She also introduced the Coal Jobs Protection Act to address the EPA’s delays in Clean Water Act permits that have hurt the construction of new mines.
“Coal is West Virginia,” said Capito, a co-founder of the Congressional Coal Caucus. “It is the backbone of our ecnomy and it’s what makes our state so great. That’s why I am committed to fighting this president’s war on coal tooth and nail until every anti-coal EPA regulation is reigned in.”
Capito said the U.S. Senate race, which likely will pitch her against Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, is important to West Virginians who rely on coal.
“I am committed to making sure President Obama and his liberal allies can’t shut down our way of life and I am extremely grateful for the endorsement of the West Virginia Coal Association.”

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