But now Rahall, who is running for re-election in a district that is hard-hit by the coal slowdown and regulatory morass, sounds like he's all in.
"Coal miners have risen up against their government before. They have marched on Washington before," Rahall said Friday.
"And if this EPA continues to turn a blind eye to the law to impose its anti-coal views, if it continues to unlawfully mess with our miners to cut off their paychecks and cut short their dreams, then I have a message for the EPA from the folks back home: You ain't seen nothing yet."
The Stop the War on Coal Act has no chance in the U.S. Senate. Coal critic Harry Reid will make sure of that.
Additionally, the legislation is more of a "message bill" designed to get congressmen on record before the election and to express public dissatisfaction with the EPA.
Of course EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson doesn't care a whit about the fate of the coal industry. Additionally, most of the clamoring is coming from states that the Obama campaign either has already written off, or believes it can win without coal miners.
The Republican-led House, with a few coal state Democrats, can pass legislation designed to harness the EPA every day, all day. It won't do any good.
The imperial assault on one of the nation's primary industries that supplies vital power to 40 percent of the country will continue as long as the current administration remains in power.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.