UPDATE: Thousands of Coal Supporters Rally at Nation's Capitol

UPDATE 10/29/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of coal supporters from all over southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky boarded buses very early Tuesday morning to make it to the "Count on Coal" rally for American jobs.

One of the coal miners who attended was Joe Daniel. He works in a Logan County coal mine. It's been his way of life since 1975.

On Tuesday, Daniel and many others made the long trip to the Capitol to fight for that way of life.

“We still need coal and coal produces jobs. Our economy needs it very desperately,” Daniel said.

But with tougher EPA regulations -- many coal mines can't keep up.

WSAZ.com has reported thousands of jobs lost within the past couple of years, and the fear is it will only get worse.

“These air standards are unreasonable,” Daniel said about proposed EPA regulations. “If the air standards aren't changed there will be no jobs.”

“Coal keeps the lights on. Without coal, America would be in the dark, and we're not gonna let that happen,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

It's a major reason why these coal supporters are so fired up deals with the EPA’s latest proposal to crack down on greenhouse gas emissions in newly constructed power plants.

EPA officials have said it's a necessary step to address a public health challenge.

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ORIGINAL STORY
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAZ) -- Hundreds of coal miners, their families and supporters have travelled to Washington, D.C. to take part in a rally scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. on the National Mall.

Dubbed the Rally For American Energy Jobs, the event will promote proposed legislation that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from being able to limit greenhouse gas emissions at newly constructed power plants. It's being sponsored by the West Virginia Coal Association.

According to the EPA, about one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions come from power plants. Under new rules proposed last month by the EPA, any new power plants woud have to meet restrictive emissions standards.

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