ICYMI: Coal Miner David Green Shares His Story
January 2, 2014
Last week, The Washington Examiner published an op-ed by David Green, a coal miner from West Virginia. Green is the captain of the Coal River East Mine Rescue Team for Alpha Natural Resources. He took aim at the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency’s assault on coal:
“Hailing from Appalachia’s coal country, I see daily the devastating impact the administration’s coal regulations wreak on my community and those throughout America. In Washington, these rules live in the media, in presentations and in meeting rooms. But in our world, these rules play out in our daily lives — as each day, many hard-working Americans who help ensure we have electricity for our homes and workplaces hang up their hard hats and go home … for good.
“It’s not just the coal miners who suffer from the administration’s efforts to take coal out of our nation’s Energy mix. It’s everyone connected to the industry — from the coal transporter to the power plant worker to the small business owner down the street — who all depend on affordable and reliable electricity to stay in business. It’s our families, our communities and our regions that are devastated. And it’s felt in the pocketbooks of all Americans who depend on affordable utility bills.”
Green went on to discuss the proud way of life of a coal miner – a way of life that is being devastated by overreaching EPA regulations:
“If there was ever a resource worth preserving, it is the American coal miner. They proudly toil in the darkness of mines so all Americans can have light in their homes. They don’t stand in a line waiting for a handout. They put on their hard hats, head into the mines and don’t look back. They go home with coal dirt around their eyes and under their fingernails because they are not afraid of an honest day’s work. Coal miners are the epitome of the American worker, with a strong back and a big heart providing an essential commodity to our country, and in turn, providing families with food, shelter and a path for the future.”
Read the full article here.