The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 24, 2012

Candidates' Corner — John Raese


RAESE: Once again, I’m in the coal business. I sit here and I look at the EPA and I can’t understand what their goal is. It’s’ hard for me to understand it. I think when you look at what we’re going to do and look at the EPA, No. 1, I would like to see Mitt Romney elected president. As you and I know, the EPA is an extension of the executive branch of government. In other words, Obama runs it. It’s a cabinet position. If Mitt Romney is in there, that means Lisa Jackson is going out, No. 1. And No. 2, we can have a whole new outlook on the EPA because here is a business individual who understands what energy means to production and understands what energy means to this country.

Obama is a neighborhood organizer somewhere out in Chicago and he’s not ready for prime time. He never has been. We have a couple of senators in West Virginia, but that’s their party. That’s the Democratic Party. That’s not the Republican Party. That’s the Democratic Party and, as Joe Manchin likes to put it, I guess Joe hasn’t talked to Obama, what he likes to say, anytime Joe Manchin wants to, he can walk right into the White House and he can put a stop to the war on coal, any time he wants to. But he hasn’t done it. Now when Obama reaches across and says, “Joe, I want you to vote for Obamacare, because they’re trying to repeal it right now,’ Joe didn’t have any problem with that. Why doesn’t Joe walk in and say,  “I have a problem with the war on coal?” because he hasn’t done it. He hasn’t done it, because they’re trying to repeal it right now. Joe didn’t have any problem with that. Why doesn’t Joe walk in and say, I have a problem with the war on coal?’, because he hasn’t done it. He hasn’t done it. He hasn’t had any leadership. And if it wasn’t for Joe, as you know, he was a super delegate when the West Virginia Democratic Party nominated Hillary Clinton by over 41 percent, Joe went to the national convention as a super delegate and said, “We’re going to overrule what West Virginia Democrats want, I’m a super delegate along with Jay Rockefeller, we’re going to nominate Barack Obama,” after he uttered these words, “Go ahead and build a power plant, any time, any place, and we will bankrupt you with regulations.” He has.

We have greenhouse gas that’s going to eliminate all new power plants. That’s something that’s coming in the EPA and we have also maximum achievable control technology which current power plants can’t keep up with the expense of the new technology required that are gunned at our power plants today. During the Obama administration, we started out in West Virginia with 275 operating coal plants, and today we have 174. That’s how many we’ve lost here in West Virginia. How do we get it back on track? Well, a couple of things. What I want to do, I think we need mandatory cuts in a lot of things that we do in this country.

No. 1, I’d like to cut the Department of Education. No. 1, I think it’s a cabinet position we don’t know, but I do want to cut and eliminate the Department of Energy. I think the states have a redundancy. I think the Department of Natural Resources can handle what’s in every state. I don’t understand the reasoning behind the Department of Energy. I think it’s time for us to take a hard look at millions and billions and billions of dollars that are spent on those two — education and energy. Because they really are redundancies in every state. You and I, we all grew up without either one of them. I think we did a lot better than we’re doing right now. Government’s biggest problem still is spending.

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