National Mining Association (NMA)

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Metals & Mining
Washington DC, United States
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Climate Lobbying Overview: The National Mining Association (NMA) lobbies negatively and actively against climate change policy in the US. The NMA appears particularly opposed to emissions reduction standards and policy to transition the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Overall, the NMA has very little recent top-line messaging on climate policy. The association tweeted its opposition to the Green New Deal in February of 2019. Before 2018, the association supported climate change denial as reported in a 2016 Climate Investigations Center report, opposed IPCC-aligned action in its Count on Coal Blog in 2016, and supported the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as reported by the Financial Times in June 2017.

Engagement with Climate-Related Policy: The NMA is largely opposed to specific climate policies and appears particularly active on GHG emissions regulations. In May 2021, Detroit News reported that NMA CEO Rich Nolan opposed the EPA’s more to revoke the Trump administration’s Benefit-Cost Rule, a federal rule which hindered GHG emissions regulation. Similarly, the Washington Post reported in January 2021 that the NMA opposed a federal court decision that scrapped the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule and opened the door to stricter regulations for power plant emissions. This followed NMA’s support for the repeal of the Clean Power Plan in October 2018 and opposition to greenhouse gas emissions standards for electric generating units in March 2019, as evident in formal comments submitted to the EPA. While the association appears less active on other forms of climate policy, in July 2019, it tweeted opposition to renewable energy mandates for California’s electricity sector.

Positioning on Energy Transition: The NMA has taken a strong position against the clean energy transition, with a focus on preserving the role of coal in the energy mix. In September 2021, the association tweeted its opposition to the budget reconciliation bill due to its provisions to eliminate royalty relief for coal and to alter coal bonus payments. In June 2021 comments submitted to the EPA, the association opposed the consideration of the social cost of carbon in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses. Previously, in January 2020, the NMA stated in a press release its support for the weakening of NEPA to ensure future coal mining.

NMA CEO Rich Nolan has consistently communicated support for the maintenance of coal in the energy mix, a position that does not appear aligned with IPCC advice to phase out unabated coal. Nolan tweeted his support for coal in the energy mix February, June, and July of 2021. The association also tweeted its support for coal as a long-term part of the energy mix in June 2021, April 2021, and October 2020. In May 2021, as reported by the Carbon Capture Coalition, NMA CEO Rich Nolan came out in strong support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies through his support for the CATCH Act, but without taking a clear position on the energy mix in general. In a February 2022 report by Norfolk Daily News, NMA Rich Nolan was said to look out for the best interest of coal-operated power plants, and urged restraint in the transition to wind and solar, stating that an “unrelenting drive to renewables absent any regard for the importance of maintaining dispatchable fuel diversity it’s a path we need not take”. In March of 2020, the Real News Network reported the association’s support for the American Energy Innovation Act, which would provide subsidies for “clean coal” efforts using CCS, though the NMA did not specify a position on the reduction of coal in line with the IPCC scenarios. AP News also reported that the NMA supported the Trump administration’s removal of a moratorium on US government coal sales on public lands in May 2020.

Despite largely negative engagement on policy related to the energy transition, NMA has shown some support for the electrification of transportation. For example, the association tweeted support for EVs in May 2021 and August 2021. CEO Rich Nolan also tweeted support of the electrification of transportation in September 2021. In a February 2022 report by the Washington Examiner, CEO Rich Nolan also appeared to support the electrification of transport and the general energy transition. In an August 2021 Boston Herald opinion piece, Nolan took an unclear position on Biden’s executive order setting a target of making half of all new cars sold in 2030 electric vehicles, commenting primarily on the need to use an American supply chain to produce EV infrastructure.

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