The United Mine Workers of America is joining the coal industry in a rare occasion to oppose proposed regulations meant to curb carbon emissions. The industry worries the regulations will financially cripple coal’s economy, as well as West Virginia and everyone dependent on a coal job.
With 95 percent of the energy produced in West Virginia coming from coal fired power plants, many within the industry feel the state will be the hardest hit by the new proposal.
Roger Horton, a retired miner from Logan County paints a grim picture already evolving in coal country.
He sees an EPA ignoring its economic impact on countless coal mining families.