Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer have disputed the accusations, and this appears to be more a part of the concerted campaign aimed at harming the coal industry than anything else.
Congress has one simple solution if they are serious about increasing the amount of federal revenue that we realize from the coal industry: simply allow production to increase.
Right now the biggest impediment to increased coal production in America is the fact that our West Coast shipping ports are at capacity. With domestic demand for coal relatively flat, the best opportunity to expand American coal production is to sell to the rapidly growing export market.