Miners, plant workers and concerned citizens came to Washington to show support for coal and opposition to what they say is President Obama’s anti-business agenda.
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar addressed the group and afterwards said, “Arizona is right in the cross-hairs in the Administration’s War on Coal. Their assault is costing us jobs, revenue and affordable energy. We aren’t going to let President Obama get away with his radical agenda. Mining jobs and our nation depend on Congress fighting back. I’m here to lead the fight. Arizona can count on coal.”
When Congress rejected President Obama’s Cap and Trade Plan, his Administration began looking for ways to administratively circumvent Congress. According to Gosar, the Clean Air Act’s Regional Haze provision is their primary avenue to attack existing coal power plants.
Regulations were developed on all four of Arizona’s coal power plants and its coal mine: the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Coronado Generating Station in St. Johns, the Cholla Power Plant near Joseph City and the Apache Generating Station near Willcox as well as the Black Mesa Coal Mine near Kayenta on the Hopi Tribe’s Reservation. The Administration’s onslaught on coal could directly cost Arizona alone nearly 2,000 jobs and nearly 6,000mw of cheap base load energy, enough electricity to power 1.5 million homes.
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva has been a staunch opponent to mining across the country. His opposition has cost residents of his district, the 6th poorest metropolitan area in the country, to have high wage jobs in the copper rich area which surrounds them.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Game and Fish Department announced a deal with Rosemont Copper Mine in which the Department will receive nearly $10 million over a decade for the Mine in compensation for anticipated impacts of the Mine.