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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Making West Virginia Great Again

Coal ain't dead.

From Congressman Evan Jenkins's office:
U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation today to bring millions of dollars to struggling coal communities to spur investment and diversify the economy. 
The Creating Opportunities for Rural Economies Act, H.R. 6403, would allocate a portion of available New Markets Tax Credits to be used for development in communities impacted by the downturn in coal. The CORE Act would set aside $525 million in credits over three years to invest in states with significant coal job losses, including heavily impacted communities in West Virginia. 
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito introduced the CORE Act, S. 3, in the Senate in November. 
“Our coal communities have been hit hard by the downturn in coal and are struggling to attract new industries and create new jobs. They deserve our support and help as they work to diversify their economies and ensure good-paying jobs. The CORE Act will do just that, providing incentives for new businesses to move to coal communities and invest in our people. I want to thank Sen. Capito for her leadership in the Senate on this important issue and legislation. By working together, we can diversify our industries, kickstart our economy, and create new opportunities for West Virginians here in West Virginia,” Rep. Jenkins said. 
Rep. Jenkins spoke on the House floor this morning about his bill. Please click here to watch his remarks. 
Since 2000, the New Markets Tax Credits program has spurred investment in low-income areas by supporting projects like health care, manufacturing and mixed-use redevelopment.
Outsiders think West Virginia magically turned red in 2000 when it backed Bush 43, but it took 14 long years to really do the job. Two of the hardest workers toward that goal were Shelley Moore Capito and Evan Jenkins.

If you think coal is dead, they said the same thing about the Republican Party in West Virginia.

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18 comments:

  1. Should be a very merry Christmas for the country.

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  2. How about putting some coal fired electrical plants back on line?

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    1. (Looks outside kitchen window) John Amos plant is still on :)

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    2. With the abundance of NG and Federal regulations on CO2, among the many against coal, utilities are converting to NG fired plants. I used to test and put in service coal plants such as the one in Morgantown, West Virginia, a Circulating Fluidized Bed. It burned 30% culm, waste coal from the mountains of ugly waste in coal country, mixed with pulverized coal.
      We burned the mountains of waste coal whose sulfur polluted streams, helped reclaim the land and our fly ash and bottom ash was used to produce products such concrete and asphalt filler.
      Ah, but we made the earth warmer and the oceans rise with our CO2 discharges. /sarc

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  3. Couldn't find a link to Rep. Jenkins' remarks.

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  4. Coal is the new black, huh? That's just crazy enough to work!

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  5. LET'S GO-O-O, MOUNTAINEERS!! In five years, even the Lib press will be writing stories like, damn, why does West Virginia seem to be in charge of this country now? And I'm gonna be like, because we're awesome.

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  6. I don't see Senator Manchin on this bill. Does he stand with the people of WV or is he throwing them under the bus to keep his Green cred with the loony Green left who hate all things coal including the miners and communities that have hurt their god Gaia.

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  7. Still not finding a link to Jenkins' comments.

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  8. Two large coal-fired electric generating plants south of Moundsville on the Ohio River have been shut. Firing up those relatively modern plants and bringing the Moundsville Power plant online, which uses Marshall County gas wells to fire it, will make the Northern Panhandle a major player in the eastern grid.

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    1. Yep. Gas and coal are rivals. Heavy regs on coal help the gas industry. Gee, you don't think the gas industry... Nyah. It's science

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    2. Shale gas is being hurt by our wonderful Dept. of Energy as well. There is a monstrous market worldwide for LNG but our bureaucrats are tamping down the building of liquification plants. But Marshall County has a very large plate from which to work. In recent years, two companies committed to investing over $6 Billion in the Moundsville area for the gas cracking and electic generation and this is the second-wave of investment in the county's valuable wet gas.

      Unfortunately there are no billion dollar investments being made to save WV coal.

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    3. A good post by gadfly. Color me amazed!

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  9. Do leftists hate coal so much because it's black? Racists.....

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  10. The only way to generate electricity cheaper than coal is nuclear, but nuclear power plants are not "green" enough or politically correct for the whining class. Fission reactors generate some unwanted waste, but that can be dealt with. Until we can solve the fusion riddle and bring fusion reactors online, coal is our best source other than nuclear. - Elric

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  11. All you have to do to complete the conversion to a red state is to get rid of Manchin.

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    1. Ask and ye shall receive. Politico reports "Trump team considering Sen. Joe Manchin for energy secretary." - Elric

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