Murray Energy, for its part, is deeply distressed by the rejection. The letters claim that the President personally guaranteed that he’d do anything that the company wanted, but his and DoE chief Rick Perry’s inaction has provoked strong words, with suggestions that “the country will soon be facing a risk to national security”.
“As you are aware,” one letter to Perry notes, “the thermal coal industry Is facing the rapid loss of domestic coal markets as announced coal fired generating plant closures continue to occur unabated.”
“Very frankly, no other viable alternative… will stop the certain collapse of much of the thermal coal industry, other than immediately invoking Section 202c.”
Trump’s apparent refusal to budge does indeed look like he has turned his back on the very people that helped propel him to the Presidency – something that the letters strive to make very clear. It’s not yet known why he refused to invoke the FPA order, but what is clear as day is that the coal industry is very aware that its time is up.
Now, they’re appealing to federal authority to intervene; an ironic choice, considering that the nationwide clean energy initiatives of the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were often accused by conservatives as tantamount to “federal overreach”.
“President Trump continues to fight for miners every day,” administration spokeswoman Kelly Love told reporters at the time. She added, however, that this proposal simply wasn’t the right way to support that fight.