FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg BNA:Coal companies from outside Appalachia, and the Republicans in Congress representing them, are taking a dim view of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s efforts to win a $4.5 billion subsidy for eastern coal.To those non-Appalachian coal companies, Justice’s request for a $15 per ton subsidy to power plants that burn regional coal smacks of unfair treatment. Justice announced earlier this month that he would switch from the Democratic to the Republican party.Amy Estes, a spokeswoman for South Dakota-based Black Hills Energy, told Bloomberg BNA the company “has never asked for anything more than a level playing field for our fossil fuel resources.”Travis Deti, executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association, said he understood Justice’s desire to protect his state’s coal industry.“However, the federal government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the market through subsidies that pit one coal producing region against another,” Deti said.Justice told Bloomberg News Aug. 9 that Trump is “really interested” in the subsidy idea, and that the president is “trying to vet the whole process.” White House spokeswoman Kelly Love told Bloomberg News that the administration had nothing to announce.The pushback from out-of-state producers competing with West Virginia should come as no surprise, said Tom Sanzillo, finance director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The institute conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment.“Do you think the Illinois and Powder River Basin producers would become Mother Teresa? I don’t think so,” Sanzillo told Bloomberg BNA.Some 60 percent of the nation’s coal now comes from Western states, according to the Energy Information Administration.More: ($) West Virginia Governor’s Coal-Subsidy Pitch Troubles Westerners Competitors Don’t Like West Virginia Governor’s Proposal for Federal Subsidy to Coal Producers in His State
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