"I understand that our Coal Industry [sic] is vital to our local economy. We must stand together as a community to ensure its progress and success. You can do your part by signing the petition below."
Perhaps with the recent ouster of longtime Democrat - and sometimes coal supporter - Rick Boucher in mind, Puckett wants everyone to know:
In Richmond, I have been a forceful advocate and protector of our region's coal industry and the thousands of jobs it provides to our people. I am fighting to ensure that our economic and energy future includes the thousands of Southwest Virginia coal jobs and the coal that powers nearly half the nation's electricity. The coal industry is the economic engine of our area. By supporting the coal industry we are supporting affordable electricity and are protecting our energy independence. I am strongly opposed to any proposed regulations and legislative efforts that are trying to eventually shut down our coal industry and in the process destroy jobs, dismantle the economy of Southwest Virginia, and devastate our way of life. I strongly support the coal industry of Southwest Virginia and the quality jobs it provides.He doesn't mention Barack Obama by name, which is too bad. If the petition is a fund-raising effort, there's no better draw than the despised Obama here in Southwest Virginia. Still, Puckett is on our side in the fight against cap-and-trade.
If not on taxes and regulation.
For being there for the beleaguered coal industry, show him some love.