Alabama legislators show overwhelming, bipartisan support for state’s coal industry and miners

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WHEREAS, the State of Alabama is blessed with the abundance of coal that is used to provide low-cost electricity to individual homes, business, and industry; and

WHEREAS, this same low-cost energy is a key factor in recruiting industry into the state, which in turn provides employment opportunities not otherwise available; and

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama utilizes coal as part of the overall mix of energy production and has a 200-year supply of coal remaining; and

WHEREAS, the coal industry has been very vibrant in Alabama for well over 100-plus years and has employed thousands of miners to extract this valuable natural resource; and

WHEREAS, currently there are over 4,000 miners working to provide coal for the benefit of the State of Alabama and its citizens; and

WHEREAS, there are over 16,000 indirect vendor jobs associated with the mines that provide good employment not only directly, but also indirectly; and

WHEREAS, the mining industry is a two billion dollar annual industry in Alabama, producing millions of tax dollars into the state and local governments each year, along with millions more in charitable and civic contributions; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That we hereby commend the Alabama coal industry and the individual miners for their continuing efforts, under great duress from outside interests, to provide a low-cost energy source in order that our citizens may continue enjoying a good quality of life and access to good jobs.

Sponsored by:  Senators Bedford, Waggoner, Singleton, Blackwell and Reed