Coal-state House members seek ‘unified voice’ with new caucus

Congress is considering measures including a cap-and-trade plan to impose greenhouse gas emissions limits and increased funding for developing carbon capture and sequestration.

“Coal is a critical component to our nation’s energy future,” Capito said in a prepared statement Monday. “Whether it’s on a cap-and-trade bill or on clean coal technology, this caucus will give coal-states a forum to highlight their priorities and present a unified voice.”

All six voted against the sweeping climate change and energy bill that the House approved 219-212 in June. The six initial members are asking other colleagues to join the new group.