Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., co-founder of the Congressional Coal Caucus, released the following statement regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson's announcement that she will resign shortly after the president's state of the union address:
"Administrator Jackson's departure provides President Obama with an opportunity to invite West Virginia into the much-needed conversation about a balanced approach to our nation's energy policy. We need an all-of-the-above approach that utilizes our powerful homegrown natural resources, including coal and natural gas.
"The EPA should be a working partner in our shared goal of energy independence, job creation and environmental protection, not a punitive imperialistic hammer driven by ideological agenda," Capito said. "I thank Administrator Jackson for her service and wish her well."