OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is paving the way for the coal mining industry to bounce back, but how?
Both Senator Manchin and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh made a pit stop in the Ohio Valley to go underground inside one of our mines.
“The coal mining industry is going to be saved, has to be saved because the country cannot operate without it.”U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D)-W.Va.
After going underground in one of our coal mines, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin can’t help but want to protect it one step at a time, a cause that even US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh stands by.
“My job is to make sure that in some way, shape, or form, I represent the workers in this mine by making sure they go to work every day, they earn a living and they go at home at night with their family, and that’s something we can do at the Department of Labor.”US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh
Over 90% of West Virginia’s electricity and energy runs on coal, and it fuels a lot of our country, but Senator Manchin says US coal production isn’t as harmful to the environment as you may think.
“So, the people who believe that the United States’ coal industry is polluting the world and the climate affecting has no affect whatsoever compare to the impact of Asia.”U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D)-W.Va.
China has over 2,900 coal mines operating as we speak, while the US has only 500 out of the 6,600 operating in the world today.
But how can we protect the coal mining industry in a world that survives on coal?
“If you want to help clean up the climate, you’re gonna have to find the technology through innovation to basically be able to capture the carbon and utilize it.”U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D)-W.Va.
Other than carbon capture technology, there are other energy alternatives that could be on the horizon.
“There will be a time in the future. There’ll be a transition. We could be using fusion, hydrogen, all renewables. That day will come. We just don’t know when.”U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D)-W.Va.
Senator Manchin and Secretary of Labor Walsh are continuing to have conversations about protecting the coal industry.