Jobs, Energy and Coal Industry Examined at Area Hearing, Says Metzgar
SOMERSET - Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset/Bedford), a member of the House Majority Policy Committee, attended a Policy Committee hearing in Latrobe to speak to coal and energy industry professionals following the closure of the coal-fired Armstrong Power Station near Kittanning and the dismissal of 225 coal miners working in Somerset County by PBS Coals.
“Pennsylvania cannot afford to lose these good-paying jobs with our fragile and sluggish economy,” said Metzgar. “Witnesses stated that new federal environmental regulations on coal generators are IMPOSSIBLE to meet. If federal environmental regulations are negatively impacting our economy, jobs outlook and energy production, we need to scrap these policies.”
The bi-partisan hearing, which took place at Saint Vincent College, included testimony from Eugene Trisko, consultant with the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity; former Sen. John Pippy, chief executive officer for the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance; Robert T. Whalen, president of System Local 102, Utility Workers Union of America; Ed Yankovich, International District vice president for District 2 of the United Mine Workers of America; Carl Wood, director of regulatory affairs for the Utility Workers Union of America; Mike Welsh, international representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; and Doug Biden, president of the Electric Power Generation Association.
Witnesses at the hearing pointed to the fact that many industrialized nations throughout the world rely on coal-powered electricity. Coal has a long history in Pennsylvania and the entire nation, and it needs to remain a leading source of energy in our power grid.
“Coal is cleaner today than it has ever been, and the industry has made great strides in improving the air quality of emissions,” said Metzgar. “Coal has a storied tradition in the history of our Commonwealth, and it has an important place in our future as a domestic energy source. We must work with the federal government to ensure its regulations do not continue to displace coal miners, increase energy prices and promote reliance on foreign energy.”
More information about Metzgar’s legislative priorities and the hearing, including written testimony received by the House Majority Policy Committee, is available at www.RepMetzgar.com
State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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