As evidence for his hopefulness, Raney pointed to several possible actions Congress and the administration might move forward on to provide support to the coal industry, including the potential for prohibiting the closure of any more coal-fired power plants. There is significant focus on the reliability and resilience aspects of the electric grid, including by the Department of Energy.
Christener said that while he is happy the coal industry is enjoying an uptick, he hopeshe coal barge crews are not forgotten. “We are part of the coal industry too,” he said.
After catching a couple of hours of sleep, Ricky woke me to tell me we were back at my pickup point. The funny thing was, though I had only been on the boat a day, it was hard to leave these guys. I shook their hands and stepped off the boat onto the dock. Did I mention the roast beef and potatoes were excellent?