I have talked with Wyoming citizens in every corner of our state about the damage done by the War on Coal. I carry their concerns and comments with me to D.C. and know each day that my most important job in Congress is to fight for Wyoming and her way of life. A big part of that life has included being a faithful steward of a national treasure, America’s coal.
Understanding Wyoming’s role in that stewardship, it is not surprising we are on the front lines of this fight. A fight that requires building a nationwide coalition to stand up for our coal industry. This includes leading an effort to educate Americans about the importance of coal in the generation of electricity, about the tremendous strides in clean coal technology that have already been made, about the stewardship of the land by our coal companies through reclamation efforts, and about the national security implications of continuing to pursue policies that threaten the reliability of our power grid, threaten to put thousands of our fellow citizens out of work and raise our utility prices.
We have started much of this important work over the last three months in Washington. I was pleased to see President Trump lift the moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands. I have introduced legislation that would prevent future such moratoria without congressional approval. The President also took necessary steps to begin repeal of the Clean Power Plan and curtail other Obama‐era regulations strangling the energy industry. Using the Congressional Review Act process, Congress has taken steps to roll back the Stream Protection Rule. We also began work in the House to provide fundamental regulatory reform. Passage of the REINS Act requires Congressional oversight on any new regulation that will have an economic impact of $100 million or more.
The first bill I introduced, which was passed by both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Trump, repealed BLM Planning Rule 2.0. Planning 2.0 would have taken authority away from our local leaders and stakeholders and centralized decision making in Washington about issues related to local land use and resource planning. We are making important progress, but we also know much remains to be done. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, I am committed to working on these important issues to ensure energy production on our federal lands are not stymied by past ideologically driven and flawed federal policy.