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Johnson joins coal slam on Rand Paul

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 23, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Johnson is piggybacking on Trey Grayson's attack ad which criticizes Rand Paul for an earlier statement he made about "dirty coal."

Johnson does not reference Paul's counterattack against Grayson.

News Release

Time for Energy Experience in Washington

ELKTON — Kentucky GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Bill Johnson today issued the following statement about the Kentucky coal industry:
“Dr. Paul claims that coal is dirty and one of the least favorable forms of energy.  I believe that Washington is dirty and needs cleaned up.  Coal is an abundant God given resource that improves our quality of life. Let’s mine.
“Low cost energy generated from coal is fundamental to our quality of life in Kentucky and around the country. Coal powers our homes, businesses, and public services across the state. The bottom line is that coal creates jobs and is one of the least expensive forms of electricity generation. 
“Aluminum production is an energy intensive industry.  Because of coal, Kentucky was the #1 in primary aluminum shipments in 2005 and continues to be a major aluminum producing state. Steel production, also energy intensive, is also a major industry in Kentucky.  These are just two examples of jobs created from the coal industry.
“Kentucky remains rich in coal, but production in Kentucky has decreased by approximately 30% since 1990.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other government agencies are standing between Kentucky and our natural resources.  It is time to ABOLISH the EPA and get the federal government out of our way.
“I support all forms of coal removal including mountain top removal and development. I stand firmly against cap and trade legislation as well as all new taxes on energy.