Policy Documents

The Assault on Coal and American Consumers

Nicolas D. Loris –
July 23, 2012
This Heritage Foundation "Backgrounder" asserts that for decades, coal has literally been the rock that has powered America with cheap, reliable energy. Yet the federal government is attempting to reduce coal’s role in energy production by imposing an environment in which production decline is inevitable. Congress should reform federal policies and regulations to enable the market—not federal politicians and bureaucrats—to determine the role of coal in U.S. electricity generation. This includes repealing, preventing, or freezing unnecessary regulations and empowering the states to appropriately balance economic growth and environmental protection.