WV Coal Association Statement Regarding National Miners Day

Charleston, W.Va. – Chris Hamilton, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association offers the following statement regarding National Miners Day, being celebrated today, Dec. 6, 2021:

“Today, Dec. 6, 2021, the nation honors the coal miner and the incredible role they play in delivering the quality of life all citizens enjoy. From the low cost, reliable electricity that powers our economy and heats and cools our homes to the steel supporting the build out of America to the countless products made possible by coal used in everyday life., the coal miner makes it all possible.

As our nation moves forward to implement the trillion-dollar, bipartisan Infrastructure legislation to update and modernize America’s roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure, West Virginia’s coal miners will be called upon to extract the energy that will create the steel and provide the power to propel this massive, nationwide undertaking.

Our mining workforce, the most qualified and competent in the world, will meet this challenge head on as they have done repeatedly over the past century or more. These unique individuals deserve our thanks and praise today and everyday.”

For additional information, contact Chris Hamilton at (304) 342-4153.

West Virginia Coal Will Help Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

As our nation moves forward to implement the trillion dollar Bi-partisan Infrastructure legislation to update and modernize America’s roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure, West Virginia coal will once again be called upon to provide the energy that will create the steel and provide the power to propel this massive, nationwide undertaking.

This is tremendous news that holds great promise for all American citizens and the future of our country.  We applaud Senators Manchin and Capito and Congressman McKinley for supporting this transformational legislation.

For West Virginia, this investment is exponentially beneficial.  Not only will we see a significant buildout and repair of our infrastructure and transportation systems, but our miners and coal industry stand to be recognized and, hopefully, appreciated for stepping up to meet the task at hand. 

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear EPA Carbon Emission Case Brought By WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Other State AGs

Charleston, W.Va. – A nineteen-state coalition of State Attorneys General led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has successfully petitioned the United States Supreme Court to decide whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act.

The coalition’s appeal follows a January decision of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit striking down the Trump EPA “Affordable Clean Energy Rule” and petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the legal foundation and limits of EPA’s underlying authority. 

Chris Hamilton, President and CEO of the West Virginia Coal Association, said, “We are very appreciative of General Morrisey’s efforts as he works tirelessly to champion causes which directly impact West Virginia jobs and our economy.”

Green New Deal Now Playing

We are witnessing a variation of the Green New Deal playing out before us in our nations’ Capitol and U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito are working tirelessly to defend the energy industries that employ tens of thousands of West Virginians and support our state’s entire economy. 

The egregious amendments insisted by President Biden and Congressional Leaders Schumer and Pelosi with help from their supporting cast of Senator Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others in the ongoing Budget Reconciliation package debate are in reality “the Green New Deal”.  Their proposals feature a Clean Energy Standard which imposes an 80 percent carbon reduction by 2030 and a Clean Energy Payment Program (or utility buy-out plan) which rewards electric utilities for annual carbon reductions and penalizes them when they fall short, as well as endless and expansive incentives for wind and solar energy production.

WV Coal Association President Presents Challenges, Opportunities for Mining Industry To Joint Legislative Committee on Coal & Energy

“While the mining industry is under attack by a President committed to moving our country away from fossil fuels, world events and energy markets have combined to dictate an increased demand for coal and West Virginia is starting to see the benefits,” said WV Coal Association President Chris Hamilton in addressing the Joint Legislative Committee on Energy at an Oct. 12th meeting in Charleston.

“Coal supplies have tightened, inventories are low, and the price of natural gas has skyrocketed,” said Hamilton. “This has given coal an advantage over competing fuels.” Hamilton noted that coal production in West Virginia is 20 percent ahead of 2020 output and the industry expects to finish the year strong.