McKinley Fights Back on Biden Administration’s Anti-Coal Agenda

McKinley Introduces Bill to Reinforce Role of Coal Industry Advisory Committee

Washington, DC – Under the Biden Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) allowed the nearly 40-year-old National Coal Council (NCC) charter to lapse in November 2021. DOE has since proposed a major overhaul to the charter, which includes gutting the NCC’s membership and refocusing its mission away from coal industry innovation.

In response, David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01) introduced H.R. 6187, the Coal Council Certainty Act of 2021, which would codify the NCC’s charter that DOE let lapse last month. This would reverse the Biden Administration’s decision and preserve the Council’s advisory role to the Secretary of Energy with respect to coal policy, technology, and markets.

“This Biden Administration has made it clear that their energy strategy does not include coal,” said McKinley. “Gutting the National Coal Council is yet another reminder of their intentions. The Administration’s repeated attacks on the coal industry is killing jobs and will hollow out communities in West Virginia and other coal producing areas,” said McKinley.  

“Coal production is truly the backbone of American energy, and with promising developments in carbon capture technology, coal needs to continue to be part of an all-of-the above energy strategy. We need to stand up and fight for coal’s future,” said McKinley.

“The National Coal Council plays a major role in advancing new coal production, including for use in energy production and innovative new carbon products and materials,” said Congressman Armstrong Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL). “The NCC charter must be renewed so it can continue advancing policy, technology, and markets for North Dakota’s coal producers.”

“The Biden Administration has sacrificed reliable, traditional energy resources like coal to advance untested energy sources, killing thousands of jobs in the process. Renewing the National Coal Council’s charter will help ensure that coal remains an integral part of an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy, encouraging innovation and keeping household energy costs low,” said Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12).

“I am proud to join Rep. McKinley in introducing this important legislation to codify the National Coal Council’s charter and ensure that it continues to advocate for the affordable and reliable energy - as well as the jobs - that the coal industry provides,” said Congresswoman Liz Cheney (WY-AL). “The Biden Administration’s decision to allow the National Coal Council charter to lapse so they can overhaul it in their radical design is yet another attack against coal. This bill will protect the NCC and allow the Council to serve its purpose on behalf of coal producers and energy consumers in Wyoming and across the country.”

“By dramatically altering the mission of the National Coal Council, the Biden administration has once again failed Pennsylvania workers and communities while continuing the radical left’s war on American energy,” said Congressman John Joyce (PA-13).

“As the representative for one of the top coal-producing regions in the nation, I’m pleased to join my colleagues on this important legislation,” said Congresswoman Carol Miller (WV-03). “As we pursue an all-of-the-above energy approach, the National Coal Council is critical to ensuring coal has a seat at the table. Coal has built and powered the world for generations and, with strong representation from the council, can also propel our world into the future. I urge swift passage of this legislation.”

“For decades, the National Coal Council has provided valuable recommendations to the Energy Secretary on policies related to coal. I am disappointed in the Department of Energy’s decision to drop the Council to meet the needs of the Biden administration’s economic and climate agenda. I join my colleagues in taking legislative action to maintain the National Coal Council’s charter,” said Congressman Alex Mooney (WV-02).

"President Biden's decision to stop the National Coal Council (NCC) from promoting and supporting the coal industry is a betrayal of the blue-collar workers and their families who rely on this crucial industry. Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation in energy production, and the coal industry is a critical part of that energy dominance," said Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14). "This winter, families across the Commonwealth are already facing a 50% increase in their energy bills, thanks to President Biden's war on fossil fuels. I am proud to stand with Rep. McKinley to codify NCC's charter and support Pennsylvania's coal industry and the jobs, families, and communities that rely on it."

BACKGROUND:

Coal Council Certainty Act of 2021

Senator John Barrasso and Congressman David McKinley submit letter urging DOE to re-charter the NCC as-is in October 2021.

Randall W. Atkins, Chairman of the National Coal Council, letter to Biden Administration

The National Coal Council is a Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. The NCC Federal Advisory Committee (NCC-FACA) was established in 1984 and provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on coal policy, technology and markets.

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