Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) opened the EPA’s Environmental Justice Conference recently with negative statements directed towards the coal industry and West Virginia in general. Conyers, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said that:
“There’s a big campaign going on about how you clean coal, and we want to examine that as critically and fairly as we can, but here’s the problem: I’ve been to West Virginia, and that’s about all they’ve got there.”
Conyers also suggested that labor unions could assist coal workers find new, non-coal jobs.
Conyers’ remarks caught the attention of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who responded with a letter to Conyers:
“I am very troubled to hear about your recent negative comments about our beautiful state of West Virginia, and the important role coal plays not only in our state, but in our country.”
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