Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said Friday that the Obama administration’s decision to regulate coal power plants would hurt unemployment numbers.
“His regulatory agenda would not only cost West Virginians jobs, but it would deliver a severe blow to our nation’s economy and any hopes of becoming energy independent,” Capito said.
Capito’s comments came just hours after it was reported that the economy added 195,000 jobs in June and that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 percent.
“While today’s report shows a glimmer of hope for our nation’s economy, coal-rich states like West Virginia should be very concerned,” Capito said. “Just last week, President Obama announced a renewed plan for his war on coal that could disenfranchise our state.”