This Saturday, House Natural Resources chair Nick Rahall (D-WV) jumped out of a plane in service of coal. As he announced in a press release, Rahall’s leap with the US Army Golden Knights parachute team at the Friends of Coal Auto Fair was a “Nick Rahall affirmation of the importance of coal“:
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be invited by the Golden Knights to join them for the Friends of Coal event. It is a very special honor for me to be able to show – in a bold way, my continued support for not only coal, but for everyone who serves the people of West Virginia and our Nation through their service in our armed forces and law enforcement agencies. It is a Nick Rahall affirmation of the importance of coal and an opportunity to pay tribute to those who extraordinarily serve and make personal sacrifices each day for the citizens of West Virginia and our Nation as a whole.
Last month, Rahall voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act because he believed it would not “ensure coal mining jobs for the future,” even though the legislation has “huge subsidies for ‘clean coal.’” Rahall recently cashed a $5000 check from the Coal Miners PAC, $2000 from the Arch Coal PAC, $5000 from the American Electric Power PAC, $2500 from the CONSOL Energy PAC, and $1000 each from the Dominion Resources and Allegheny Energy PACs.