A day after US President Joe Biden took office, the West Virginia Coal Association continued to be on guard. Appearing on Thursday’s MetroNews Talkline, Mr Chris Hamilton of the Coal Association noted they are optimistic they’ll be able to talk to the President and his staff, but after that all bets are off. He told “We are optimistic we’ll have an audience with President Biden and his team to talk about the importance of base load generation so we can provide energy security going forward and keep the economics of state’s like West Virginia going forward. On the other hand, we’re bracing for a pretty tough time here in the next four years.”
Among President Biden’s first actions was to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline permits and to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords. Also happening on Biden’s first day came a ruling by the DC Federal Circuit Court which struck down a Trump Administration plan, the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. The rule was created to negate the Obama Era Clean Power Plan and to create what industry leaders called more reasonable standards on carbon based fuels for electric generation.
Environmental groups blasted the ACE plan as an authorization to continue to get around restrictions on burning coal. Their goal is to discourage the use of coal as an energy source for the future and to eventually end all coal fired power generation.