Coal is one of America’s Greatest National Treasures
By Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)
Wyoming is America’s largest coal producing state, mining close to 40 percent of the coal consumed by our nation every year. Common estimates give Wyoming close to 145 billion tons of recoverable coal and 1.4 trillion tons in total coal reserves. This coal is a national treasure.
Tens of millions of American homes and businesses rely on coal every day to provide electricity because it generates some of the most affordable energy in America. According to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), the national average price for electricity is around 10.42 cents per kilowatt hour. States which generate a majority of their electricity from coal pay on average 13 percent less than this national average. Conversely, states that generate less than 8 percent of their electricity from coal pay 24 percent more than the national average. Despite coal’s abundance and affordability to American consumers, the Obama administration spent eight years trying to destroy the industry.