Tomlin said the Marcellus Shale holds great promise and said, "We are working as hard as we can to help attract a cracker and other petrochemical industries."
He said he's not afraid of a good fight, "particularly with the EPA. I believe in the production of coal, its value to our country, and I will continue to do everything that I can to fight the EPA and the Obama administration."
In his prepared remarks, Maloney states Tomblin isn't in touch with the real world.
"If the career politicians understood the real world, they wouldn't allow state spending to be out of control," Maloney says. "My opponent recently passed the largest budget in state history, more than $4 billion - and he's spending all of it."
Maloney adds, "I knew trouble was coming when I looked at the six-year budget projection last February. You know what I saw? An estimate of $200 million in additional Medicaid costs in fiscal 2013 and assumptions like 'the price of coal continuing to rise.' Anyone who's ever guaranteed a loan like me would have been concerned then. Why didn't we start addressing these issues then by at the very least instituting a hiring freeze instead of playing politics as usual?"
The state ranks 41st for private sector growth and 48th for business climate, Maloney says.
"The career politicians in Charleston may tout investment or claim new job creation," he states. "But the proof is in the pudding, and surveys like this one confirm what we as business people see on the ground.
"Places like Louisiana and Texas are building multiple ethane crackers, and are currently competing for a gas to liquids plant," Maloney says. "In West Virginia, we aren't even on the radar screen.
"All this while we sit back and watch Obama wage a war on coal that is destroying our way of life. My opponent talks about standing up to Obama, but people can see through the empty rhetoric."This month Earl Ray announced that the state needs to prepare for budget cuts," Maloney says. "When? Next year? With unemployment rising for five consecutive months and revenues down $400 million next year? Why wait? Why not call a special session right now to address the problem head on?"