Earlier this year, I looked at just how much the largest US coal mining companies depend on access to subsidized federal coal, most of it extracted from public lands in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The US Interior Department tracks the amount of publicly owned coal mined by each company, but doesn’t publicly report this information. As I recently learned, even a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) might not reveal just how much publicly owned coal companies are mining.
American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest utilities in the United States, distanced itself from some of the positions of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), but made clear that it nevertheless remains a member of the coal lobby group, despite the departure from ACCCE of most other major utility companies. From National Journal: Climate Stances Put Pressure on Major Trade Groups (subscription required):
Two more companies - and perhaps three - have confirmed their departure from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) this week, following the publication of our report detailing major companies’ departure from coal lobby groups.