Welcoming Secretary Moniz to West Virginia

On Monday, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz visited Morgantown. Together we participated in a panel discussion at the West Virginia University Energy Institute Innovation Forum and then traveled to the Longview Power Plant for a briefing and tour. In March, we invited Secretary Moniz to visit Longview and we are glad he accepted. 



It was an opportunity for Secretary Moniz to see firsthand just how vital West Virginia is to America's energy production. Going forward we need to work together and promote policies that use our fossil fuels in a clean and efficient manner without bringing harm to our economy. Investing in clean coal technology will create new jobs, keep us competitive on the world stage, and advance America on the path to energy independence. For coverage of the Secretary’s visit, click here

Strengthening Transparency

On Wednesday, the House passed the Regulatory Integrity Act, legislation that brings more transparency to federal rule-making.   We sponsored an amendment that would restrict regulators from using their private e-mails to work in the shadows with these groups during a public comment period.  In recent years, federal bureaucrats have used their private e-mail accounts with outside groups to influence regulations that include the Clean Power Plan, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, and Pebble Mine, among others. 



If we are going to restore confidence in our government, we must not allow agencies to operate in the shadows. You can see my full remarks from the House floor here

Action in Committee

It was another busy week in the Energy and Commerce Committee with two hearings. The first was held on Wednesday with Andy Slavitt, the Acting Administrator of CMS to discuss how we can stop the skyrocketing increases in health care premiums under Obamacare that are punishing working families. We need to find a way to reduce health care costs. In the other hearing we welcomed Secretary Moniz to speak about the future of the national economic and energy security of the United States. 



Leading the Coal Caucus

As Chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus, it’s always a top priority to make sure we are speaking with a united voice. On Thursday, we held a meeting with special guest Philip Moeller.  Mr. Moeller, currently with the Edison Electric Institute(EEI), served as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission(FERC)from 2006-2015.  During the meeting we discussed issues that included the future of coal in electricity generation, grid reliability, and the Clean Power Plan. 



We also provided an update on the Stream Protection Rule(SPR). This is the most devastating regulation that could be imposed on our coal industry. It is one more confrontation coming from the President to circumvent Congress in his effort to crush an industry that has fueled America. We’ve already conducted a series of meetings with Administration officials to discuss its harmful impact, and will continue our effort to stop this rule.

WVU Update: Go Mountaineers!

Last week the Mountaineers defeated Youngstown State for their second consecutive win. They are not playing this weekend but pick back up on September 24th against BYU in Landover, Maryland. Let’s hope they keep up their winning ways!

In other sports news, the WVU Women’s Soccer team was ranked #1 in the nation this week! Go Mountaineers!

Have a great weekend!

David B. McKinley, P.E.

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