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Rockefeller: Miners should be part of climate change discussion

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jay Rockefeller released the following statement Thursday:

"West Virginia coal miners and their families have given so much for the country and for our state. Any action on climate change affects them greatly, which means they absolutely must have – and deserve – a chance to be heard in charting a future for coal. I am thankful that our delegation is coming to Washington on their behalf and I'm urging the Administration to carefully and truly listen to what our delegation has to say today," Rockefeller said.

"If we're going to have an honest conversation about climate change and the future of coal, we can't afford to leave anyone out – from miners and their families to coal operators, utility companies and policy-makers.  It's in our interest as West Virginians to be part of the solution, and it's in our interest as a nation to invest in clean coal.  We should start with a real public-private partnership among all stakeholders, especially in these tough budget times.

"The Administration sent the right message last week when our new Energy Secretary Moniz touted clean coal during a visit with the experts in West Virginia.  But actions speak louder than words, on all sides, and the details of how we move forward matter a great deal.  I will never stop believing that we can work together to find common ground in supporting our miners and investing in clean coal. That hard work must begin today."

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