The Rally for American Energy Jobs was held on the lawn of the Capitol at Washington, D.C., where more than 30 state and national legislators spoke out about ending the war on coal. Standing alongside the national stage were three Logan County officials: W.Va. Senator Art Kirkendoll, W.Va. Delegate Rupie Phillips and Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti.
Delegate Phillips came up over the weekend to visit with family and brought his daughter, Sophia, with him to the rally. Sen. Kirkendoll and Mayor Nolletti rode up to the rally on one of the many buses making the trip.
Kirkendoll, who worked underground for eleven years said, “I have enjoyed representing the people of the state of West Virginia. I have made numerous trips to Washington, D.C. as Logan County Commissioner and as W.Va. Senator and I am happy to see the size of the crowd – thousands of people from different states coming together here for a common goal. I think the message to the lawmakers in Washington is that we will always fight to have jobs—quality jobs—and so will the people. I know what these people are going through firsthand and I will continue this fight.”
Mayor Nolletti said, “It was an honor for me to attend the rally in Washington today for coal, coal mining families and coal related industries. I was happy to see the turnout. It was my first trip and I am honored to be here with Sen. Kirkendoll and Delegate Phillips.
Delegate Phillips said he was honored to be there as well and glad to see the turnout.
“To be a delegate from Logan County and southern West Virginia, it was an honor to be in Washington, D.C., today to represent the coal miners and coal mines. I have said from the beginning that I will fight for coal and jobs. I find it hard to believe President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency continues to find ways to make it hard to mine coal and use environmental issues to undermine the use of this viable resource to have cheap, reliable energy. It is a way of live we have become used to in West Virginia. It is not a political party issue that we are fighting, coal has given us our freedom and it has been the backbone of this nation’s economy. I stand not behind by in front of the coal miner and coal mines in this fight.”