White House aides are looking to cut greenhouse gases and boost domestic coal production, officials said Monday.
The administration will increase domestic coal capacity, including new mining facilities, as well as expand the domestic coal export market, Energy Department spokeswoman Liz Cheney said.
Cheney said the administration is “actively working to improve our energy infrastructure and ensure our families and businesses can get the energy they need while at the same time maintaining our economic growth and jobs.”
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have repeatedly vowed to roll back Obama-era policies that reduce greenhouse gas pollution, such as carbon emissions limits on new power plants, and invest in renewable energy.
The president has also proposed to cut federal regulations and increase energy efficiency.
Cheney said the White House has been working to ensure “the most competitive marketplace possible” for coal.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Cheneys comments come after the administration’s Energy Department finalized a $1.2 billion deal with Chinese mining company Hunan Guodian to build new coal-fired power plants and expand existing ones, according to the Department of Energy.
The deal is the largest U.S. coal-mining deal in history, and the first for Hunan since the coal industry collapsed during the Great Recession.
Trump and his administration have called for coal mining to be shut down.
A statement from the White Helmets organization, the group that investigates deaths in Syria, which is affiliated with the White Helmet, said the government “is committing to closing down coal mines and investing in clean energy.”