Coal group warns Clinton on climate rule

Source: Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

One of the coal industry’s top lobby groups is warning candidates — particularly Democrat Hillary Clinton — against supporting President Obama’s climate agenda.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today released a memo and video calling U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan a “carbon copy” of failed greenhouse gas cap-and-trade legislation. The industry group warns that politicians who support EPA’s rule may suffer the same consequences as those who voted for cap and trade.

“Concerned about the political consequences they would face at the ballot box in 2010, Senate Democrats called on the White House to drop their efforts and the let the bill languish in the House,” the memo said.

ACCCE has released several statements urging Clinton, the former secretary of State and leading Democratic candidate for president, to remember her previous pro-coal statements.

And pro-coal politicians like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have welcomed Clinton’s comments on the sacrifices made by miners and on supporting research to make coal cleaner (E&E Daily, July 16).

But recent comments in favor of the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda seem to have put Clinton in the coal industry’s crosshairs.

The video includes the statement, “The Obama-Clinton Cap and Trade II is a political loser for any public official,” along with several pictures of Obama and Clinton.

“Current officeholders and those seeking public office need to put their constituents’ pocketbook interests ahead of the president’s legacy goals and take action to stop this costly executive overreach,” said ACCCE spokeswoman Laura Sheehan.

In contrast, environmental groups are running ads against politicians opposed to the Clean Power Plan (Greenwire, Sept. 1). Greens are also pointing at polls showing support for the rulemaking (Greenwire, Aug. 24).