Energy & Environment

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

Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (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.

{mosads}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 Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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.”

Tags Clean Power Plan Clean Water Rule Coal Donald Trump Environmental Protection Agency Hillary Clinton Mitch McConnell

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