Repairing Damage To Coal Industry

America’s coal industry, along with our affordable electricity infrastructure, were left in a shambles after an eight-year, no-holds-barred assault by former President Barack Obama’s administration.

The rebuilding process will require similar focus, effort and time. No single initiative will accomplish it.

Good for U.S. Rep. David McKinley and like-minded lawmakers for understanding that.

McKinley, R-W.Va., is being given credit for much of the initiative that resulted in funding for a key program being included in the two-year budget agreement in Congress. It is the 45Q tax credit, aimed at developing and deploying carbon capture technology. That is crucial if coal-fired power plants are to meet limits meant to curb climate change.

Also due kudos is U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who worked hard for the 45Q funding.

They and others who understand the critical importance of a vibrant coal industry to the balanced energy policy our nation needs are to be commended — and encouraged to keep plugging away.

Much remains to be done.