AL Coal Miner Delivers Emotional Message at EPA Hearing

AL Coal Miner Delivers Emotional Message at EPA Hearing

In a video posted to Yellowhammer News on Thursday, coal miner Walter Jones took on the Environmental Protection Agency for its proposed “clean energy” plan, which would require power plants “to drastically reduce their emissions or shut down.”

Jones, a life-long coal miner told the EPA about being a coal miner how the EPA’s actions would be detrimental to his livelihood.

Partial transcript as follows:

In the end, most people here will not wonder or care what happens to my wife and kids if I no longer have a job.

No one is thinking about the burden my family and my co-workers will face if we no longer have a job, a steady paycheck, or if there are no more contributions to the UMWA health and retirement funds.

No one will care until the money runs out and the government… which is killing our jobs, must pay the price of unemployment benefits, welfare and public assistance, which is running rampant in our country today.

I am proud that I have been able to take care of my family because of the work I do. I am proud to be a miner. I have never asked for handouts from the people around me or from the government. I want to pay my own way. I want to work. I feel pride in my work. I want to be able to continue my profession and produce coal to power this nation. And I’m sorry that I get emotional, but I can’t help it.

In the end, I don’t see the agency’s proposed policy as a real solution. We will lose what we have worked for all of our lives and our communities will struggle in poverty. How can the EPA call this a success story?

Thank you.

(h/t Yellowhammer News)

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