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June 26, 2013

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Glad you caught that remark, Marc -- add this to it, my letter that appeared today in the Lexington Herald:

"A recent letter writer who identified himself as president of an engineering firm praised Rep. Andy Barr for "fighting to protect Kentucky coal jobs.

But there's a disconnect between what the writer and Barr are selling and reality.

In 2001, there were 654 coal-fired plants, but only 595 in 2009. Does that mean that the Bush administration had a "war on coal" or that some of the 80-plus-year-old plants closed due to attrition?

Last November there were more than a dozen new coal-fired plants permitted or under construction, at least two opened including a cutting-edge plant in Alabama. How does that fit into the war on coal?

Here's more reality: In 2005 natural gas was priced at more than $15 per million BTU. It recently hit $3.85 per million BTU.

Surely the letter writer can do that math and understand the impact on the energy industry. Last year the industry lied to miners by claiming the Obama administration had a war on coal (and prevented mines from being permitted).

But the coal industry was closing active Eastern Kentucky mines already permitted while griping about the Environmental Protection Agency.

We need public servants who'll tell the truth to Americans, to Kentuckians and to miners. The real war is one waged on miners by the coal industry and illustrated by what Patriot Coal did when it denied union miners their earned retirement and benefits.

Bill Adkins

Williamstown

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/06/26/2692767/letters-to-editor-june-26.html#storylink=cpy

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