Coal group taps GOP power broker as new head

“With Mike Duncan, clean coal has chosen one of America’s toughest and most strategic thinkers to be its chief advocate,” Wick Moorman, Norfolk Southern Corp. CEO and ACCCE board chair, said Thursday in a statement. “Clean coal electricity is a critical part of America’s energy future, and with Mike Duncan leading our efforts we are well-positioned to continue ACCCE’s strong advocacy in Congress, in statehouses, and across America.”

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Duncan steps into the role vacated by Stephen Miller, who is retiring after 17 years with the ACCCE.

“There is a direct link between coal-based, low-cost electricity and economic prosperity,” Duncan said in a statement Thursday. “Coal-powered electricity has lifted millions of people out of poverty and provides one of the surest paths to civil prosperity in history. On all fronts, we need a strong sense of urgency to support the people and the industry who have fueled the American Dream, and who will continue to do so. I look forward to working with our stakeholders to make that happen.”