Thursday, November 23, 2017

Whitfield criticizes new regulation on federal coal leasing and management

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, criticized the Department of Interior’s (DOI) recently released Secretarial Order to overhaul leasing and managing coal on federal lands.

“Once again the administration is circumventing Congress, the voice of the American people, to launch another unilateral attack on coal,” Whitfield said. “We cannot support climate ‘solutions’ that would result in new taxes or mandates, drive up energy prices, threaten jobs and harm the most vulnerable in society — all of which undermine our communities and our ability to confront future risks.”

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently used a Secretarial Order to announce that the DOI will not issue new coal leases for federal lands, which provide approximately 40 percent of the country’s coal, for at least three years to allow for evaluation and review of the federal coal program.

“We will continue to fight to ensure our policies promote access to affordable, reliable energy that allows our communities to grow economically, to adapt to changes and to be resilient, both now and in the future,” Whitfield said.

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