Subsidized Coal

In the last few weeks, the Charleston Gazette’s Ken Ward has made several posts on his blog Coal Tattoo about how you and I provide massive subsidies to the coal industry.  Here is a link to his post on a recent study of coal’s real costs.  Here is a link to another post on how politicians have given the coal industry corporate welfare through the tax code, and another link to Senator Manchin’s wacky claim that coal is not subsidized at all.

Nowhere in any of these accounts are the rate payer subsidies to AEP/Allegheny FirstEnergy for PATH included, so you need to add those to the numbers you find in Ken’s blog posts.