NMA Remarks on Clinton’s Condemnation of America’s Coal Communities

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today criticized Hillary Clinton’s reported remarks on the nation’s coal miners in Ohio yesterday:

“It is surpassing strange and deeply troubling to hear prominent presidential candidates boast of their determination in office to destroy the livelihoods of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans. Hillary Clinton’s assertion at a CNN event in Ohio that ‘we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business’ adds to the abundant evidence that she and the administration she supports are completely out of touch with working Americans and the industries that employ them.

“Pledging to destroy high-wage jobs and promising to replace them with lower-wage and often temporary ones contradicts her stated concerns for a widening income gap and the dearth of employment capable of supporting families. Moreover, contrary to her assertion that this ‘is the way we will keep the lights on while we are transitioning to a clean energy future,’ shutting down the coal industry – the administration’s de facto energy policy – would deny the nation its largest source of affordable electricity as well as a major source of well-paying jobs throughout the coal industry’s nationwide supply chain.”