Coal’s Lonely Lobbyists

This report documents the growing isolation of the coal mining industry, and lost member companies at the National Mining Association, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, and World Coal Association.

By Joe Smyth, Climate Investigations Center

Report Published: August 2016

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Update 1: Two (or three?) more companies confirm departure from coal lobby group ACCCE

Update 2: American Electric Power says “We don’t agree with or share every position” of ACCCE, yet remains a member of the coal lobby group

Executive Summary: As the coal mining industry becomes increasingly isolated, its lobby groups are spending less and losing major member companies

Coal lobby groups have lost major member companies

ACCCE’s bumpy start: fraudulent letters and the loss of major member companies

ACCCE’s inconsistencies on carbon capture and sequestration and climate science

Recent ACCCE membership losses reflect the structural decline of the coal industry

Seven of the twelve companies that gave ACCCE $1 million or more in 2008 are no longer listed as members

The National Mining Association opposes climate, clean air, and workplace safety rules

The National Mining Association has lost several major member companies

Some companies that publicly support climate policies remain National Mining Association members

Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources left the World Coal Association as they filed for bankruptcy

Total S.A. departure from World Coal Association highlights the growing divide between the coal industry and the oil and gas industry

Conclusion: An increasingly fractured corporate climate lobby