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-- -- another news well it's not just the Republicans Democrats also -- the Obama administration.
Is wage a war on coal and that they're not gonna go down without a fight.
Senator Joseph mansion it was one of several West Virginia Democrats that met recently with the new EPA chief.
At the White House earlier this week I ask senator mention how he would characterize the meeting with EPA chief Gina McCarthy.
I would say that it was a it was a very.
I'm very respectful and it was very productive I believe you know I was -- very pleased with the meeting.
You know it's the first time that we've had a meeting got high level to have the EPA and also -- Gina McCarthy and then have been Miguel Rodriguez from the White House I think they understand exactly what we're coming from we -- to be specific.
On the problems that we're having and the problems they have created.
And what it's gonna do not only to the -- -- in West Virginia but the coal industry in this country and basically what it would do the reliability of the energy that we depend on from coal.
Do you think -- you made any headway and getting the folks that you have to convince there to back off a little bit from this particular regulation.
You know I sure hope so -- tell you when you say back off just just be responsible and reasonable.
Just look at the facts.
And you know when there's eight million tons of coal being burned in the world -- -- one billion tons of coal in America.
If -- present in this administration believes that by reducing or eliminating the use of coal in America -- clean up for global environment.
The global climate I don't think they wind currents and ocean currents starting stop in North America.
And -- that being said.
There's more -- -- the world than ever before China burns about half the -- the world.
Four billion tons of coal is being -- now in China.
You've got a record saying that you believe that this administration -- -- -- in waging a war on the coal industry used to stand by that.
Absolutely not told him that I said this is not just.
-- cheap talker.
I don't rhetoric in this not for optics if you will this is -- A real statement the war on coal means that -- set standards that are unattainable.
So that means you want to eliminate you want to reduce and -- basically.
Do away with -- or coal fired plants as we do you want fuel switching and not the market to take basically.
We leave you want to do it through legislation or regulations.
I said that not only is a war on Colin West Virginia and America.
There's a war on call by this administration going on around the world.
Which and I understand it your stated obviously.
Suffered a great deal in terms of job loss when it comes to what's happening in the coal industry is it true that so far.
Western it has lost up to 7000 jobs.
Yes the -- -- today I mean we had -- -- from the united mine workers of coal industry myself start congress that you re -- our governor Tomlin.
We were all there.
And we were -- basically saying listen it doesn't matter where you're Democrat or Republican doesn't matter at all about the politics these -- real people's lives.
This is a product that even the Energy Department says about 40% of the energy this country comes from coal.
If that's the case and even the EIA says they're -- -- depend on about call for about 36%.
In the next thirty years.
How can you be in denial when you know you have to have it once you've worked with us I don't need any more.
Adversaries I need some allies and some partners and I would think my federal government should be my partner.
I know that -- -- those officials including the EPA chief to come to their state to visit to see firsthand.
What regulations can do the industry in your state.
What's the next step for as far as you're concerned where things stand at this point and are you really hoping to see some real changes on the horizon based on -- -- -- has so far.
I'm very hopeful with the dialogue coming out of the White House has not been too hopeful that we'll see.
I would hope that.
Gene McCarthy is able to to show the facts and have the facts drilling in the policies that are being developed from the White House.
And understanding that this is a a resource that has built America.
Cole led the and social revolution.
Cole has continues to defend this country by making -- that builds the guns and -- and factories we've got it all our little state and we want to continue to be.
Provider of the energy this country needs.
We just need.
Our president to step up and be our partner.
I think that's not too much to ask for.
Senator -- great to see you thank you so much for joining us -- your insights on this very controversial.
Matter and we wish you all the best.
Thank you so much.
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