Sen. Byrd splits with Rocky IV on bill to block EPA from issuing greenhouse gas limits

March 4, 2010 by Ken Ward Jr.


This just in: Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., on why he declined to co-sponsor Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s bill to block EPA from issuing greenhouse gas limits:

I do not plan to cosponsor Senator Rockefeller’s legislation at this time.  I was encouraged by the response last week from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to a letter that I signed along with other Senators that would delay into next year the application of stronger standards regarding increased efficiency or reduced pollution at large power plants and factories. Following up on my previous conversations with her in my office, I take her at her word.

In addition, as I have pointed out in my op-ed of December 3, 2009 entitled ‘Coal Must Embrace the Future,’ West Virginia needs to have a seat at the negotiating table.  I am continuing to have significant discussions about how to ensure the future of coal as a long-term energy resource.  I am reluctant to give up on talks that might produce benefits for West Virginia’s coal interests by seeming to turn away from on-going negotiations.  I will continue to negotiate with all who are earnestly engaged in the pursuit of a proper balance between saving jobs, protecting the environment and ensuring the health of our communities.

3 Responses to “Sen. Byrd splits with Rocky IV on bill to block EPA from issuing greenhouse gas limits”

  1. Judy Bonds says:

    This is a wise decision by Senator Byrd. It is great testimony to the incredible vision Senator Byrd has and he is certainly showing great leadership, now in these trying times. Senator Byrd, thank you. We need you now more than ever.

  2. Lecia Smith says:

    I just don’t think Senator Byrd did this. His staff is running his office now. Senator Byrd loves the coal people. He would not have done this.

  3. Wilma Lee Steele says:

    Anybody that thinks anybody has the power to run Senator Byrd’s office doesn’t understand him at all. He has a great mind and is a good listener, but he still makes up his own mind.
    Lecia, you are right that he loves the coal people and still does! You know that parents sometimes make decisions that their children don’t understand. Likewise in this issue, the choices are difficult, but they cannot be summed up with a I love coal slogan. Our grandchild will have to live here too. They may have to use their minds to come up with some new ideas, besides clinging to the past with a death grip, but I would like to live here then.
    Wilma Lee Steele
    Mingo County Union Coal Family

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