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West Virginia leaders and coal supporters attend rally in Pittsburgh

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Thousands of pro-coal West Virginians, including Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, attended a rally in Pittsburgh on July 30.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spoke at the coal rally as well.

Tomblin said he is worried for the future of the country, with President Barack Obama’s administration putting West Virginia coal mining jobs at risk.

A coal rally took place in Pennsylvania, where thousands of coal miners from across the country showed up in support of the production of coal and to rally against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power plan.

“Coal is what made the steel that built the ships that kept this country strong,” Tomblin said. “We need to make sure we have the availability of it and that’s one of the things I’m concerned about.”

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, along with eight other attorneys general, filed a lawsuit against the EPA’s requirements they say is playing “havoc on the nation’s economy.”

“We know this proposal is going to cause electricity rates to sky rocket and take more money out of our pockets,” Morrisey said at the rally. “The EPA thinks our concerns are unfounded, every single person who fears for his job, you matter.”

Morrisey said it is “unconscionable” for the Obama administration to double-regulate coal-fired power plants and “play such a risky game with our lives and our economy.”