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Bills Protecting Montana Coal Advance

November 30, 2017
Press Release

Today the House Committee on Natural Resources passed two bills, one which included an amendment from Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte, that reassert Congress’s role to regulate coal instead of an unelected regulatory regime.

“Bills that will protect Montana jobs, our communities, and affordable electricity from federal overreach today passed the House Natural Resources Committee,” Gianforte said.

“For eight years, the Obama administration consistently worked to undermine Montana coal – whether it was a last-minute moratorium on coal leasing or having Washington bureaucrats employ flawed metrics to promote its anti-coal agenda,” Gianforte said. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen how this approach has played out in Montana. It has jeopardized our jobs and threatened our communities.”

“The bills passed today will help Montana turn a corner from the war on coal. The bills provide greater certainty to coal miners in our state, including for the more than 2,200 Montanans with coal mining jobs,” Gianforte said.

H.R. 1778 requires congressional approval of any order by the Interior Secretary imposing a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands. Congress must act within 30 legislative days after the proposed order is received by Congress.

The Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017, H.R. 3117, prohibits the use of ambiguous metrics in environmental rulemakings, such as determining the social cost of carbon, social cost of methane and social cost of nitrous oxide.

Gianforte offered an amendment to H.R. 3117, which was adopted, that focuses the suggested assessment on the actual project rather than conjecturing on the upstream and downstream production effects. The amendment requires any use of the social cost of carbon metric to exclude the indirect cumulative effects and instead focus exclusively on the proposed action.