What this does is allow me to manage the cases. I can assure you that, in fact, we are complying with the law. This process will ensure we are in full compliance with all applicable state and federal laws — before we are allowed to manufacture a single ounce of our CoalSwitch product. We respect the process and are working in good faith with the DEQ. I can also assure you that we are completely committed to not only producing a product that dramatically reduces emissions and pollution from coal-fired power plants but also to producing that fuel in as clean a manner as possible. The reality is that, up until a few weeks ago, no one had ever built a plant like ours.
I am not a fan of Mike Krzyzewski, the basketball coach at Duke University who apparently will retire following the season, but only after an adulation tour. My dislike I am sure surprises no one. But what might surprise a few is that I used to be a fan, although closeted so I could attend reunions of family and best friends. I have always had an appreciation for excellence, and there is no question that Coach K is a great basketball coach, perhaps the GOAT.
The introduction of this legislation was not something our government took lightly. We believe the best collective agreements are the ones made at the table between the parties. However, after over two and half years of federally-supported negotiation and having exhausted all other options, legislation was necessary to avoid further and lasting harm to our economy, including the loss of a significant number of jobs. Since October , the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service facilitated over days of mediated bargaining. My colleagues and I have been in contact with the parties on numerous occasions to urge them to work with mediators to reach a deal.