WASHINGTON — Gov. Jim Justice met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday regarding coal and timber industries.
Justice said the meeting was taking place in Washington, D.C. to “discuss the Trump-Justice Coal Plan that protects our coal miners.”
Justice said Tuesday evening the meeting went well and the coal plan could save the Pleasants coal-fired facility and jobs.
“The Trump-Justice Coal Plan could very well provide the opportunity for thousands of miners to go back to work. Also, this plan insures the nation against a potentially catastrophic terrorist event that would completely cripple the Eastern power grid,” he said.
Earlier this month, Trump instructed the Energy Department to require utilities to buy some of their power from coal and nuclear-powered plants, many of which were scheduled to go offline. Trump said the plants should remain open for the security of the nation’s energy grid.
Justice was at the White House last summer to talk to the Trump administration about a similar plan he first proposed.
“If you’re all on gas or you’re all on gas and western coal and somebody puts a bomb at a gas junction point or somebody puts a bomb on a bridge coming from the west you could very well lose the entire eastern power grid,” Justice last year.
Justice tweeted Tuesday that he was also set to discuss his timber plan with Trump. Justice also talked about that during the 2016 gubernatorial campaign.
That plan includes a timber subsidy aimed at helping the state’s forestry industry while recognizing the role of forests in curbing carbon dioxide emissions.
“What our trees are doing for this world is unbelievable,” Justice said during his January 2017 inaugural address.
In another tweet posted Tuesday afternoon, Justice said he took the state airplane to the nation’s capital. He said that plane is authorized to land at Reagan National Airport.