PA player picks Pippy

FORMER Pennsylvania senator John Pippy has been appointed chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance, a coal advocacy group created from the merger of the Pennsylvania Coal Association and Families Organized to Represent the Coal Economy.
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Pennsylvania Coal Alliance chief executive officer John Pippy.

Donna Schmidt

A formal announcement on the combination as well as Pippy’s placement was made Monday at a press conference in downtown Pittsburgh.

Pippy, 41, served in the Senate from his office in the Pittsburgh suburb of Moon until June 30.

He will split his time between the FORCE office in Washington County, just south of Pittsburgh, and the Association’s Harrisburg headquarters in central Pennsylvania.

“When you have low-cost, reliable energy, you have a better quality of life and an economy that’s humming,” Pippy said.

His work for the PCA will include media relations and membership recruitment. Association president George Ellis, who will remain in his seat, will oversee lobbying efforts and government relations.

“The reality is coal provides more than 45 per cent of the base load (of electricity),” Pippy told local media outlets, including the Tribune Review, earlier this week.

“Instead of attacking it, the [Obama] administration should be finding ways to make us more efficient.”

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