WVCA Lauds Trump Pledge to Restore American Industrial and Mining Jobs

Team of Trump and Cole Provides Leadership We Need to Rebuild our Economy

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney today issued the following statement lauding presumptive GOP nominee for President Donald Trump for his comments following last night’s victories in the nation’s final primaries.

“Last night, Donald Trump made it absolutely clear that he is who we need as president if we want to restore our nation’s economy,” Raney said. “And he reminded us all of what America can be if our industries are allowed to compete on a level playing field. 

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DON’T FORGET, TODAY IS ELECTION DAY – VOTE FOR COAL!

CHARLESTON – Today is the primary election in West Virginia. The polls opened this morning at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. this evening.  WVCA President Bill Raney released the following comments:

“We can honestly say that never in the history of our state has a single election been more important. We are choosing offices all the way from the county courthouse to the White House, “ Raney said. “And the very future of our state and our state’s leading industry ride, in large part, on the outcome of this vote.  We would also urge you to specifically vote for Beth Walker in the race for Supreme Court.  Today’s election will determine who will be the next justice.  It is important to remember there is no general election in November for the Supreme Court.”

Following is a list of our endorsements for today’s election. Make a difference today! Vote Coal!  As always, thanks. 

WVCoal Association proudly endorses Trump



“Mr. President, On behalf of the best coal miners in the world, who mine the cleanest and safest; the most environmentally sound coal in the world,”
Hamilton said. “We’re so pleased to endorse you today, wish you the best of luck and vow to support you the best we can.”

  
West Virginia Coal Association VP on Why the Organization is Backing Trump
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During an interview with FOX Business Network’s Charles Payne, West Virginia Coal Association Vice President Chris Hamilton discussed why he is endorsing presidential candidate Donald Trump and why he stands against both Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

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West Virginia Coal Association Endorses Trump for President

By BILL RANEY, president

West Virginia Coal Association

CHARLESTON – The membership of the West Virginia Coal Association today announced it is endorsing Donald Trump, Republican of New York, for the office of president of the United States in this year’s election.  The unanimous decision was made at a membership meeting in Charleston earlier today.  

“Donald Trump has been firm and clear throughout his campaign in his commitment to rebuild America’s basic industries – the industries that made this country great – such as coal, steel and manufacturing” said Bill Raney, WVCA president, in announcing the endorsement. “Trump has said he will reverse the Democratic regulatory assault that has cost the coal industry more than 40 percent of our production and jobs since 2008.”

“In contrast, Hillary Clinton’s proposals essentially double-down on the job killing Obama policies,” Raney continued. “West Virginia can’t afford that and neither can the nation.” 

“We believe that with the leadership team of Donald Trump in the White House and Bill Cole as Governor, West Virginia will begin to rebuild what we have lost to the Obama War on Coal and also look to the future once again with confidence.”

Bill Raney is president of the West Virginia Coal Association, a trade association in Charleston, West Virginia, representing approximately 95 percent of the state’s coal production.

Coal Association VP thinks Manchin should not support Garland nomination

By Alex Wiederspiel in News | April 05, 2016 at 6:43PM

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Chris Hamilton, the Vice President of the West Virginia Coal Association, does not think Senator Joe Manchin should need any additional input on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Justice Garland is a sitting judge on the D.C. Circuit, and he’s had a number of EPA cases before him,” Hamilton said Tuesday on the MetroNews-affiliated “The Mike Queen Show” on the AJR News Network. “And he has, almost without exception, upheld the agency’s rules, rule making, and requirements that it has proposed and implemented.”

The WV Coal Association sent an open letter to Senator Manchin expressing their disapproval of the nominee.

“We’d like to see Senator Manchin join with the core of U.S. senators who have vowed not to seat Justice Garland,” he said.

Garland has been at the center of a largely partisan fight between Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. over whether or not the Senate would hold any confirmation hearings–or even meet with Garland–following his nomination to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

Hamilton said his association wouldn’t support a nomination that supported the Clean Power Plan, which is facing myriad legal challenges.

“That’s what prompted the letter to Senator Manchin,” he said. “Just remind him of the fact that this Clean Power Plan remains as this President’s center piece of his Administration.”

Hamilton was quick to blame the EPA and the Obama Administration for the losses suffered by the coal industry.

“That program has resulted in the complete decimation of the state’s coal industry, shutting down record number of mines, laying off of thousands and thousands of miners practically just destroying our state’s economy,” he said.

Senator Manchin reportedly met with Garland on Tuesday.

Since President Obama announced Garland as the nominee, Manchin held a town hall in Charleston to discuss it with constituents.

He also vowed not to support the nomination if Garland was “adamantly entrenched” against the fossil fuel industry

Use our online contact tool to 
TELL MANCHIN TO SAY NO TO OBAMA'S SUPREME COURT PICK!

2016 Joint Spring Meeting of the WV Coal Mining Insitute

The 2016 Joint Spring Meeting of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute, the West Virginia Coal Association, and the Central Appalachian Section of SME will be held at The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, West Virginia during the period May 11-13, 2016.

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, WV for our meeting. The block reservation will terminate on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Please make your reservation no later than Sunday, March 27, 2016 by calling The Resort at Glade Springs Reservations at 1-877-814-7316 or (304) 763-2000.

Please advise them that you are with the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute when making reservations in order to get the discounted rate.

The block cost is $135.00 per night for single/double rooms. An additional Resort Fee of 10% plus tax per room per night will be added.

We recommend that you make lodging reservations for the Joint Spring Meeting as soon as you develop your schedule but no later than March 27, 2016.

TELL MANCHIN TO SAY NO TO OBAMA'S SUPREME COURT PICK

President Obama has nominated a known supporter of the EPA's regulatory assault on coal and industry for the empty seat on the United States Supreme Court.  West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has indicated he may support the nomination. Please use our contact tool and tell Sen. Manchin to vote NO to the nomination and to any nomination until after a new president assumes office in January. Let the people decide with their vote in November!

Senator Manchin,

While visiting your website, I saw your invitation to participate in the public discussion of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland this Thursday in Charleston.

As you are well aware, the single most important issue before the U.S. Supreme Court is the resolution of President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”. Recall that in February, days before the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the High Court elected to stay the Clean Power Plan until such time the Court could hear evidentiary arguments. The Court’s decision was due in no small part to Justice Scalia's strong persuasion and vote, and the decision was in full recognition of the devastating implications of moving forward with the President’s Climate Plan if it ultimately is found to be unlawful or otherwise inappropriate to issue.

As has been widely reported in media outlets, particularly in energy-intensive states such as Texas, Garland has a record of generally supporting contested EPA regulations since he became a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2003, Garland wrote an opinion upholding the federal government’s application of the Endangered Species Act, which opponents challenged on the ground that the act exceeded the bounds of the Commerce Clause. In several other cases, he voted to uphold EPA regulations on emissions.

Clearly, Obama’s intentions are to appoint a new Supreme Court justice who will tip the balance in favor of his war on coal. There is nothing presently before the Court more important to President Obama and his Administration than the Clean Power Plan. It stands as the self-proclaimed centerpiece of his accomplishments as president, and it ranks as one of the primary discussion points in his international travels.

Senator, with that backdrop in mind, coupled with all the devastation and pain already inflicted on West Virginia coal miners, their families and communities throughout our great state by this ill-conceived plan, it simply begs the question: Why do you need public input to guide you in this important vote? Especially on a nominee like Garland who is all but certain to uphold EPA’s regulatory actions.

On behalf of myself, my family and my community who depend on coal and coal-produced jobs and taxes, we urge you to vote no on Garland or better yet, stand with those in the U.S. Senate who refuse to consider any Supreme Court nomination at this time.

Sincerely,

WVCA responds to Senator Manchin Regarding Obama Supreme Court Nominee

West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton recently responded to a request by Senator Joe Manchin for input into his decision to support the Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Garland is known for supporting EPA power grabs. 

Following is the letter Vice President Hamilton sent in response.

Senator Manchin, 

I received your invitation to participate in the public discussion of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland this Thursday in Charleston.

As you are well aware, the single most important issue before the U.S. Supreme Court is the resolution of President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”.  Recall that in February, days before the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the High Court elected to stay the Clean Power Plan until such time the Court could hear evidentiary arguments. The Court’s decision was due in no small part to Justice Scalia's strong persuasion and vote, and the decision was in full recognition of the devastating implications of moving forward with the President’s Climate Plan if it ultimately is found to be unlawful or otherwise inappropriate to issue.


As has been widely reported in media outlets, particularly in energy-intensive states such as Texas, Garland has a record of generally supporting contested EPA regulations since he became a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2003, Garland wrote an opinion upholding the federal government’s application of the Endangered Species Act, which opponents challenged on the ground that the act exceeded the bounds of the Commerce Clause. In several other cases, he voted to uphold EPA regulations on emissions.

Clearly, Obama’s intentions are to appoint a new Supreme Court justice who will tip the balance in favor of his war on coal. There is nothing presently before the Court more important to President Obama and his Administration than the Clean Power Plan.  It stands as the self-proclaimed centerpiece of his accomplishments as president, and it ranks as one of the primary discussion pointsin his international travels.

Senator, with that backdrop in mind, coupled with all the devastation and pain already inflicted on West Virginia coal miners, their families and communities throughout our great state by this ill-conceived plan, it simply begs the question: Why do you need public input to guide you in this important vote? Especially on a nominee like Garland who is all but certain to uphold EPA’s regulatory actions.

On behalf of West Virginia coal, our state’s coal miners, their families and our communities, we urge you to vote no on Garland or better yet, stand with those in the U.S. Senate who refuse to consider any Supreme Court nomination at this time.

Clinton and Sanders Out of Touch with Real Needs of Americans

Clinton wants to “…put coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Coal Association today issued the following statement about recent comments by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

For the past eight years, the Obama administration has done everything possible to put our coal miners out of work and destroy the nation’s coal industry!  Now, Hillary Clinton has promised the same thing!  

Talking in coal-producing Ohio yesterday, Clinton said she is going to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business”.  Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association said, “why on earth would any candidate or public official, much less one running for President,  promise to put hard-working West Virginians out of work?  We have some of the best quality coal here in West Virginia, and the best coal miners in the world, who want a job and not a handout from the federal government!”

Clinton’s comments show that she and, apparently the current national Democratic Party – are completely out of touch with the needs and the desires of West Virginians who want to work!  “We here at the West Virginia Coal Association thoroughly condemn these comments and others like them as we condemn the policies of the Obama administration.  Like I said, West Virginians want jobs not handouts.”

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