Yaw to Co-Chair State Senate Coal Caucus

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today joined Senators from across the Commonwealth in the formation of a Senate ‘Coal Caucus’, a bipartisan committee emphasizing the continued importance of coal and coal-driven technologies in the Commonwealth.

“In recent years, Pennsylvania has been fortunate to have an abundance of natural gas located in the Marcellus Shale formation contributing significantly to our local and state economies,” Yaw said.  “Since the industrial revolution, coal has also fueled our economy having created hundreds of thousands of jobs.   Collaboratively, we can change the dynamic of coal as an energy resource.”

The newly formed Coal Caucus will serve as a forum through which legislators and industry representatives can collaborate on the needs of the coal industry, focus on the utilization and consumption of coal to significantly reduce consumer demands on foreign fuels and highlight new coal technologies within the industry.

“While we have focused our attention on other sources of energy such as gas, wind and solar, we can’t forget that we are sitting on approximately seventy billion tons of coal here in Pennsylvania,” Yaw added.  This Coal Caucus will serve as a champion for increased investment in coal and coal-driven technology.”

In addition to Yaw, Senator Tim Solobay (D-46) will also serve as a Co-Chair of the Caucus.  Other members include:  Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-25), Senators Jake Corman (R-34), John Gordner (R-27), Richard Kasunic (D-32), Scott Hutchinson (R-21), Bob Robbins (R-50), Elder Vogel (R-47), Kim Ward (R-39), Don White (R-41), John Wozniak (D-35) and John Yudichak (D-14).

Senator Yaw currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, as well as Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors.


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Yaw Stands with Industry to Fight “War on Coal”

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today joined representatives from Pennsylvania’s coal industry to call attention to President Barack Obama’s anti-coal energy policies.

During an afternoon press conference at the State Capitol building, Yaw stood with representatives from the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance (PCA), employees of the coal industry, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and state legislators highlighting the “War on Coal” by the Obama Administration.

“If there was ever a question about how the Obama Administration feels about coal and clean-coal technology, take a look at the people running some of our federal agencies, like the Department of Energy,” Yaw said. “This is the most anti-American energy Administration in history.”

Yaw also referenced the anti-coal remarks by then Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2008. “Our current Vice President told environmentalists while campaigning in 2008, ‘we’re not supporting clean coal….no coal plants in America’, he said.”

“We have seen the impact of state regulations aimed at discouraging the use of coal under the Rendell Administration,” Yaw said. “We must work to ensure that additional anti-coal federal regulations are eliminated, but permanently.”

In Pennsylvania, over 40,000 men and women are employed by the coal industry, which subsequently contributes over $7 billion to the economy, according to PCA.

“The loss of this important industry would be devastating to the Commonwealth and to the people it employs,” Yaw added.

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