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Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) were keynote speakers Wednesday at a special event in Pittsburgh to show support for the region’s coal industry.
 
The Rally to Support American Energy was organized in response to new regulations proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would significantly impact the coal industry. EPA officials are meeting in Pittsburgh this week to collect public comment on the proposed regulations.
 
“The Obama administration has declared a war on coal, and we’re not going to let their radical agenda destroy our economy,” said Senator Faber. “The coal industry provides efficient and affordable energy to millions of Americans and provides good jobs for thousands of Ohioans, Pennsylvanians, and West Virginians.”
 
“These extreme regulations are being mandated without any legislative authorization. If these regulations were the right thing to do, Congress would act and pass a bill. But they know what we already know – these regulations will kill jobs, destroy our economy and jeopardize our nation’s security. Our number one priority in Ohio continues to be a focus on jobs, opportunity and the economy, which is why I’m here today.”
 
Senator Balderson added, “Affordable and reliable electric power is central to the nation’s economy and to the well-being of the entire population. Today at the coal rally, constituents and legislators from three states joined together to rally for an industry that has been fundamental to the economy, specifically in the Appalachian region. I was happy to take part in defending those citizens who do not have the luxury of being able to pay exorbitant utility rates for higher priced energy sources.”
 
Thousands of people attended the rally, which was held at the Highmark Stadium in downtown Pittsburgh. Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor joined Senators Faber and Balderson at the event, along with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
 
The State of Ohio is taking a measured approach to energy policy. Recently, the General Assembly passed legislation placing a two-year freeze on energy efficiency mandates. This freeze will allow the legislature to conduct a thorough review to determine the best policy to provide affordable and reliable energy for Ohioans while encouraging job growth and economic development in our state.

 
 
 
  
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