“A lot of West Virginians understood that they were rolling the dice with Trump. … [They] realize there is not going to be a gigantic return of coal.”
– West Virginia professor and historian Chuck Keeney, who has written extensively on the state’s coal industry and its miners,
“Our statutory duty is to produce electricity at the lowest feasible rate. … We weren’t trying to comply with the Clean Power Plan or anything else. What’s the cheapest way to serve the customer? It turned out to be retiring those coal plants.”
– Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson on how little Donald Trump’s pro-coal policies are likely to affect his utility’s plans. TVA is on track to retire five of its original 11 coal-fired power plants by the end of 2018.
“No one’s looking for new coal reserves. The decline in coal demand has meant existing reserves will last a lot longer.’’
– Robert Godby, a professor of energy economics at the University of Wyoming, commenting on how the Trump administration’s rollback of a moratorium on federal coal leases may actually do little to help the coal industry recover.
“Politics has nothing to do with it for me. Clean energy just makes good economic sense. By establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal, we have an opportunity to use solar power that we can control in our community, for our community.”
– Abita Springs, Louisiana Mayor Greg Lemons in a statement on the town council approving a resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, the first municipality in the state to do so.
“Forget the songs. Ignore the banners. You don’t sell coal to ‘America.’ You sell it to Duke Energy, and Southern Company, and NRG and a few dozen others. That’s who buys coal. Only they’re buying less. And they’re going to keep buying less, until they’re buying none at all. Donald Trump isn’t going to change that.”
– from An open letter to America’s coal miners, and to America by former coal miner and mining executive Mark Sumner
“Clean energy makes sense for businesses. … Strengthening Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard ensures energy is generated in Michigan — encouraging new investments, innovation, and jobs here at home.”
– from a letter signed by a dozen businesses, including Nestlé and Ben & Jerry’s, thanking the Michigan Legislature for for passing a bipartisan bill in 2016 that increases the state’s renewable energy standard to 15 percent by 2021.
“The business case for clean energy is growing, and the trend toward a cleaner power sector can be sustained regardless of near-term federal policies. I believe the trend toward clean energy is irreversible.”|
“We want the U.S. economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy. Cost-effective and innovative solutions can help us achieve these objectives. Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness.”
– From a letter signed by more than 600 U.S. companies and investors collectively representing nearly $1.15 trillion in annual revenue and employing about 1.8 million workers in 44 states – asking President-elect Donald Trump and other political leaders to support policies and investments in a low-carbon future.
“You have sent a clear market signal that clean energy jobs, investment and innovation are welcome in Ohio. Businesses like ours rely on renewable energy and energy efficiency standards in order to cut costs, avoid energy price volatility and stay competitive.”
– Joint statement from seven major Ohio employers, including Whirlpool, Nestlé and Clif Bar, praising Gov. John Kasich for vetoing a measure that would have weakened the state’s renewable energy standard.
“Cities can help shift the culture so there is more support for renewable energy at the state level and around the country.”
– Traverse City, Michigan Mayor Jim Carruthers regarding city council approval of a resolution to shift all of the city’s operations to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. Currently, the city utility gets 43 percent of its electricity from coal,11 percent from renewables, 9 percent from natural gas and 37 percent through market purchases.