AHEAD of its imposition of a new set of restrictions on the use of coal to generate electricity, the Environmental Protection Agency will listen to people in 11 cities.
None of those cities are in West Virginia or the rest of Appalachia.
Instead the EPA will visit places that use little if any coal such as Boston, New York City and San Francisco.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., called on the agency to come to West Virginia, where people who get their electricity from coal actually live.
"Failing to have a listening session in West Virginia on a rule targeting the use of coal at our existing power plants is absolutely wrong," Capito said.
"Excluding all of the states that rely the most on coal from the listening process smacks of outright arrogance by the agency and is a transparent attempt to avoid hearing opinions that differ from the EPA's preconceived ideas.
"Certainly the EPA cannot expect to gather the 'best information available' if it ignores the opinions of states where coal is used the most to provide affordable, reliable energy."
Perhaps the Department of Transportation can hold hearings in Mingo County on whether to continue taxpayer subsidies of the subways of New York.