Backlash in Wyoming Over Subsidy to Eastern U.S. Coal Producers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star-Tribune:A proposal to use federal money to help boost the coal industry in the eastern United States is raising protests from Wyoming.Wyoming Mining Association Executive Director Travis Deti says he thinks it’s “misguided” to provide federal support to a particular region over another. Deti says Wyoming coal would be at a competitive disadvantage.West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has proposed using around $4.5 billion in federal funds every year to pay Eastern power plants to burn coal from states in the Appalachia region. The governor has also said the proposal piqued the interest of the White House.Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal producer. Its two largest mines alone produce about one-fourth of the nation’s thermal coal, which feeds power plants throughout the country. Since coal’s recent economic slide, which coincided with a bust in oil and natural gas, Wyoming has lost thousands of jobs and billions in revenue.But the state’s top elected officials, including Gov. Matt Mead and the state’s congressional delegation, also oppose Justice’s idea.“I agree that utilizing our coal is a matter of national security and ensures the reliability of the power grid,” said Rep. Liz Cheney in a statement Thursday. “A policy that uses taxpayer dollars to advantage eastern coal over our western coal does not serve that purpose.”More: An Eastern governor wants federal money for his coal industry; Wyoming says that’s a bad idea Backlash in Wyoming Over Subsidy to Eastern U.S. Coal Producerslast_img