Coal Country Kentuckians Will Invade Washington, Mitch McConnell Says (Video)
Posted at 3:33 p.m. on July 24, 2014
The EPA plans four public hearings on its proposed “Clean Power Plan” for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, but none of them are in “coal country” — much to the chagrin of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The hearings, which the EPA expects to be well attended, are planned for Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh next week.
Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was “unmoved” by his personal request to hold at least one of the four listening sessions where coal mining actually happens, reports CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss.
Kentucky ranks third in U.S. coal production and Pennsylvania ranks fourth, but there’s not much mining in Pittsburgh itself.
The Kentuckians will just have to come to the U.S. capital instead, McConnell said:
Apparently, the Obama administration isn’t all that interested in what Kentucky thinks. Well, if Washington officials won’t come to Kentucky, then Kentuckians will come to Washington. I plan to testify. And so do several of my constituents. Even though they’ll have to travel hundreds of miles to get here, these Kentuckians will make Washington understand that they are more than just some statistic.”