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Want to see what mountaintop mining really looks like?

The practice of mountaintop mining was the subject of a recent episode of Decisionmakers, a news feature of the West Virginia Media Network with host Bray Carey.

If you want to see what mountaintop mining really looks like --- what it really means for southern West Virginia -- take a look at this video.




Coal Seam

 The June edition of "The Coal Seam" television show is now running on the West Virginia Library Commission Network as well as public access channels around the state. This edition features a discussion of the economic and social impact of mountaintop mining. Guests include Art Kirkendoll, president of the Logan County Commission, and Roger Horton, president of Citizens for Coal.  They joined host Chris Hamilton for a free-ranging discussion of the role mountaintop mining plays in the economy of the southern coalfield counties.  This is the fourth episode of the “Coal Seam”, with each one playing for a month, following its original production.  The Library Commission’s Network is available on the public access channels throughout West Virginia.  Each of the four editions are available on the Association’s webpage at  http://www.wvcoal.com.  Next month’s edition will continue the discussion of mountain top mining and will feature a discussion of Coalfield Development Bill, passed during the recent special session of the West Virginia Legislature.

Energy Regulations Hurt Job Creation


My Colorado colleague, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, recently asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator, Mathy Stanislaus, whether the agency’s economic analysis had considered the effect of proposed regulations on jobs. “Not directly,” Stanislaus answered.

Unfortunately, this is not the only example — nor is the EPA the only government agency — to have failed to adequately consider the effect of their proposals on small businesses and jobs.

We held a hearing recently in Grand Junction, Colo., to examine this issue: burdensome federal energy regulations and their detrimental effect on small businesses, jobs and consumer prices.

President Barack Obama has been doing a lot of talking about how vital small businesses are to job creation and the economy.

He’s right.

Yet more than 43 major regulations were proposed last year, and an additional 219 are in the pipeline — each estimated to cost more than $100 million.

In addition, the administration this year proposed seven new regulations that would likely each cost the U.S. economy more than $1 billion annually, if implemented. Four were put forward by the EPA.
A recent study showed that regulation burdens to the American people cost about $1.75 trillion annually — including $281 billion for environmental regulations that disproportionately hit small businesses. On average, government regulations cost small businesses nearly $10,585 per employee.