August 27, 2012 - Bill Maloney, Republican Nominee for Governor of West Virginia, at Washington Post Live's Energy & the Election breakfast forum at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. (Rob Harris)


Republican candidate for
governor of West Virginia

Coal is so important to our economy in West Virginia. We’ve got over 20,000 direct mining jobs. In the last three months, it’s like it’s gone off the edge of the cliff.

I’ve been around the industry for over 30 years. I’ve always seen the price of natural gas go up and down; the price of coal, a little more gradual. But we’ve never seen government in the equation the way it is right now. Regulatory uncertainty — that’s what we got to fix. We are the ultimate poster child for what happens when you take on the coal industry . . . the way Washington is doing. We’ve gotten hammered here lately. We’ve lost over 3,000 mining jobs so far this year. We have six coal plants shutting down in the next few months.

This thing about global warming to me is nothing but a hoax. It’s a cyclical thing that has happened for hundreds and thousands of years. The carbon myth, if you want to call it that, for causing global warming to me is nonexistent.