McConnell vows to keep up pro-coal fight during next administration

McConnell vows to keep up pro-coal fight during next administration
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWe don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble House passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome MORE (R-Ky.) said he won’t back down from fighting certain environmental regulations during the next president’s term.

In an op-ed Friday in the Appalachian News-Express, McConnell boasted about the actions he’s taken since becoming majority leader to promote coal and fight against President Obama’s controversial regulations, like the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule and the Stream Protection Rule.


None of his actions were successful, but he wants eastern Kentuckians to know he’s still working.

“I’ll continue to fight for eastern Kentucky every way I can, whether it is securing funding to projects to support the region, or continuing to hold the line in the War on Coal,” McConnell wrote.

“The good news is this president has only four months left in office.”

Under McConnell’s leadership, Congress passed legislation to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rules for power plants and its rule asserting federal authority over small waterways.

Obama vetoed all three resolutions.

Republican lawmakers also submitted a court brief supporting a lawsuit against one of the carbon rules.

McConnell said that he’ll make his anti-regulatory agenda clear to the next president, whether it’s Republican Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE or Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE.

He wants the carbon rules, the water rule and the Stream Protection Rule on mining eliminated, he wants to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement and he wants leaders of environmental agencies to “understand how the rules their agencies create and enforce affect real people here in [Kentucky].”

Trump has promised to do all of those tasks, while Clinton has pledged to double down on Obama’s environmental agenda.

“Kentucky coal miners have done so much for this country. The country must not turn its back on the Kentucky coal miner now,” he said.

“That’s the message I have long championed in Washington. That’s the message I will take to the next president. It’s a message I will never forget.”