EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPRO-COAL RALLY
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Dozens Gather In Logan To Educate People On Coal
Reported by: Katy Brown
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Also Contributing: Elizabeth Norieka
Reported: Oct. 4, 2012 11:10 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 4, 2012 11:38 PM EDT
Logan , Logan County , West Virginia
Friends and family of coal met Thursday night at Logan High School to promote and educate people on coal. The most important topic was the future of the industry.
And on the heel's of the first presidential debate of the election season, dozens of coal supporters rallied in Logan to educate people on how their vote in November could impact the coal industry.
"If coal goes away the gas price is going to go up. Our power bills will double. I'm not willing to stand for that," says Rupie Phillips.
Many West Virginians at the rally agree with Phillips. And fingers have been pointed at President Obama when it comes to the decline in the coal industry.
"In  when [Obama] made the comment, 'If you want to go lose money invest in coal because I'm going to bankrupt the coal industry.' You know he drew the line in the sand that day."
Senator Art Kirkendoll says it's more than just securing coal and the jobs in West Virginia.
"America needs energy. It's the safest way to produce energy. We don't have to import anything if we want to mine our own product. We have it all," Kirkendoll says.
But he knows that coal is one of the most important assets to West Virginia. Kirkendoll says West Virginia has a reliable source in coal that has proven to be the best and we should not just "give it away."
Phillips, along with the dozens of others who came out, agrees with Kirkendoll. He says the country needs educated on just what coal can do for them.
This was the second of many more pro-coal rallies in West Virginia for families and friends of coal.
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