Sen. Toomeys Statement On Closing Coal Plants, Loss Of Jobs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement about the news that FirstEnergy will deactivate coal fired power plants in Fayette and Washington counties today and about 380 people will lose their jobs.
"I am very disappointed that - due to the Obama administration's policies - FirstEnergy is deactivating coal-fired power plants in Fayette and Washington counties today and leaving hundreds out of work. These unemployed Pennsylvanians are unfortunate casualties in the President's ‘war on coal,' which I will continue to fight against in the Senate.
"Coal is a domestically sourced, low-cost form of energy which helps sustain jobs for Pennsylvania and beyond. Over the decades, coal-fired plants also have gone to impressive lengths to reduce emissions. Nevertheless, the Obama administration continues to implement policies that will make energy more expensive for hard-working Pennsylvanians while destroying good, family-sustaining jobs.
"It is ironic that this announcement comes just two weeks after the President's ‘war on coal' remarks which were a rehash of the same old bad ideas we have heard for four and a half years. From making coal-fired electricity prohibitively expensive; to forcing taxpayers to subsidize inefficient energy; to burning more corn in gas tanks, the President continues to advocate policies that raise prices for consumers and eliminate jobs."