A lot has happened in a relatively short period of time since President Biden was sworn into office last month.  

The Keystone XL pipeline was stopped by Presidential Executive Order, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals struck down President Trump’s Affordable Clean Energy Plan and the country witnessed the collapse of Texas’s power system, comprised of a high percentage of wind, solar and natural gas, when extreme weather blanketed the Lone Star state. 

Dear Madame Vice President:

Congratulations on your election victory and thank you for your service to the United States.

We watched with interest your recent interview on WSAZ television, which covers central-southern West Virginia, in late January. During the interview you highlighted the President’s “American Rescue Plan” and its goal of defeating COVID-19, providing relief to families, lifting children out of poverty, and creating jobs. These are admirable and necessary goals, and we applaud the Administration’s pursuit of them.

During the interview you highlighted the Administration’s strategy for rebuilding our economy, which included transitioning coal miners to jobs rebuilding our infrastructure and transferring their unique skill set to jobs in clean energy.

As the clock strikes midnight on the year 2020, we are hopeful that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is near, and we pray for the safety and health of all Americans.

While the pandemic and market forces contributed to record low coal production in 2020, the industry has experienced modest recovery over the past three and a half years under the Trump Administration.

The Administration, to include leadership in the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, has worked to place the industry on stable regulatory footing, protect the industry’s electric generation market share, and engaged in research and development of new technologies to extend the viability of this vital resource. As an industry, we are thankful for these efforts.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Coal Association is endorsing West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate in the 2018 General Election.

“Since he took office, General Morrisey has been a tireless advocate for West Virginia’s coal industry,” WVCA President Bill Raney said. “He fought for us against the Obama Administration, which was using every tool available to try and end coal mining in the United States. We know Patrick Morrisey will continue to fight for West Virginia coal as a member of the U.S. Senate, working in tandem with President Donald Trump.”

Raney said incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin also has been a longtime friend of coal, but Morrisey’s bold actions to protect the livelihoods of thousands of West Virginia coal miners deserves to be recognized.

“He not only waged legal battles against the previous administration on behalf of West Virginia’s coal industry, he corralled an incredibly impressive army of attorneys general in other states to protect mining and coal-fired electric power,” Raney said. “That action led to an unprecedented stay against Obama’s EPA and his so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ at the U.S. Supreme Court, saving many coal miners’ jobs while the Trump Administration works to reissue a more balanced regulatory proposal.”