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ICYMI: Highlights from Conference Call on the Obama Administration’s Attacks on Coal

- May 17, 2012

U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-6):

"I believe that it is very very important to get the truth out on President Obama and Vice President Biden's record on energy and job creation. It's very, very clear that they cannot run on their record of pro-economic growth because their policies have failed America, they've made our economy worse. They are hurting Americans and so they are resorting to the tactics of envy and division. Unemployment has been far too high for far too long, over eight percent for almost forty months. We were promised that it would never get to eight percent when the stimulus bill was passed early in the president's administration. Gas prices have doubled since President Obama took office. Today, hard working Americans are paying $300 more per year for their utility bills to power their homes.

"But, instead of working to help American families with these increased burdens, President Obama's and Vice President Biden's policies have only made matters worse. Most notably with their all out assault on energy production. It's amazing that the vice president would choose to come and try and tout their record in an area where we are focused on an opportunity to increase domestic energy production. But their assault is not only on oil and natural gas but also the coal industry. Many of you on this call probably know that Ohio gets nearly 90% of its electricity from coal. In Eastern and Southeastern Ohio where I represent where the vice president is today, the coal industry employs and supports many many hundreds of American families. For example, just one proposed rule by the Obama administration, a rewrite of the extreme buffer zone rule, could result in the loss of upwards of 27,000 coal industry direct and indirect related jobs and a surge in electricity prices for consumers. This is nothing new.

"We've seen his assault on coal and so we weren't surprised when he rejected the Keystone pipeline. That's an energy resource that would lower energy prices, create jobs and take us one step closer to energy independence. And we're going to continue to press the issue on the Keystone XL pipeline. I also find it interesting that the vice president started this tour of Eastern Ohio in Youngstown talking about the resurgence of manufacturing when at the same time the activist EPA has got an assault out on the steel industry.... The rhetoric coming out of the president and vice president simply does not match their policies and their actions.

"I think Governor Romney is going to represent the coal industry very well. I have met him and we have talked about those issues and he gets it. It's not the people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. If the vice president is doing such a good job, who we need to connect with is his boss. We need him to go back to the president and tell the president what their attack on the coal industry is doing to the people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio and indeed to the nation. Ohio gets 87 percent almost 90% of its energy from coal, and yet through the EPA they have basically eliminated any future expansion and building of coal-fired power plants...In the latest polls I have seen the American people trust Mitt Romney to do a better job in addressing the economy.

"In 2007, let me remind you that Vice President Biden said that coal was a bigger threat to Americans than high fructose corn syrup and terrorism for crying out loud. So, I don't know how many people are going to remind him of that today when he's in Martin's Ferry but somebody should."

Click Here To Listen To The Full Audio: http://www.gop.com/audio/5.17.2012_OH.mp3

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