Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accepted an invitation this week from Congressman Andy Barr to come to Eastern Kentucky. During the visit, Ocasio-Cortez will apparently visit not only coal mines but the miners who work there.

Miners say that coal has provided with each and everything they’ve been blessed with. Working in mines is a way of life, a tradition in many families for generations.

John Quintrell, who is the General Manager of JRL Coal, says without coal in this region, other local businesses might not survive. Quintrell says he sees the Green New Deal as something that increases the divide between us when we are at a time when we must come together and work together.