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  • Supreme Court to Review EPA Rule on Power Plant Emissions

    11/25/2014 2:03:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Nov. 25, 2014 | Brent Kendall
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review the first-ever national environmental standards requiring power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants, saying it would decide whether the government should have considered how much the rules would cost utilities. The court’s action extends a saga that dates back more than two decades. Congress first required the Environmental Protection Agency to issue regulations in 1990, but the agency’s efforts had been stalled for years because of several factors, including lengthy court battles. The EPA rules, adopted in 2012, require coal and oil-fired power plants to cut...
  • EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

    11/25/2014 10:06:49 AM PST · by robowombat · 23 replies
    Manufacturing Net ^ | Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:53pm | Emily Schmall,
    EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:53pm Emily Schmall, Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist. The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight coal-fired plants be retrofitted with controls to help clear the air near national parks and other federally protected land in Texas and Oklahoma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the proposal would cut about 230,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions each year. Brad Watson,...
  • North Koreans working in Sarawak's coal mines legally

    11/24/2014 5:31:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Asia One ^ | November 24, 2014
    North Koreans working in Sarawak's coal mines legally Monday, November 24, 2014 - 10:26 The Star/Asia News Network SARAWAK, MALAYSIA - Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the North Koreans were brought into Sarawak to work via a special arrangement between the Sarawak and North Korean governments. "Only Sarawak has North Korean workers (in Malaysia). This is not (allowed) in the peninsular,'' he said when commenting on the presence of dozens of North Koreans at a coal mine in the Sri Aman division. Besides the 46 North Koreans, the mine's 119 foreign workers were from Myanmar...
  • Obama’s global-warming propaganda Down Under

    11/19/2014 5:14:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bob Carter and Tom Harris
    The focus of the 2014 Group of 20 summit meeting in Brisbane, Australia, was on stimulating economic growth across the industrialized world. Thanks, though, to President Obama’s grandstanding and attempted sabotage of the agenda as laid out by the host country, climate change also came to prominence. For several months prior to the G-20, and despite strong Australian resistance, radical environmental groups had been lobbying for inclusion of global-warming issues on the meeting’s agenda. Mr. Obama was happy to oblige them. His endorsement of the U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change just before the G-20 was a signal that he...
  • G20 host’s fury over Barack Obama jab on climate and coal

    11/18/2014 1:47:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 48 replies
    The Australian ^ | 19th November 2014 | Dennis Shanahan
    THE Queensland government, as host of last weekend’s G20 ­summit, is incensed over what it sees as an ill-informed, insulting speech from Barack Obama about climate change, the Great Barrier Reef and coal. Federal Coalition members are also angry at the US President’s public intervention in the Australian climate change debate at the G20 last Saturday, when most of his remarks in the summit’s closed session on energy, where the issue was discussed, were devoted to US gas supplies and production that have been boosted by coal-seam gas and shale oil. Tony Abbott told the G20 session that the “four-fifths”...
  • Coal takes the spotlight in Ukraine’s energy woes

    11/17/2014 11:14:13 AM PST · by mac_truck · 2 replies
    InterFax Natural Gas Daily ^ | Nov17 2014 | WildCat
    Ukraine’s troubles with Russian gas imports have been grabbing headlines for years, but a new area of concern has come to the fore in the country’s energy sector following the cancellation of imports of South African coal. UK-registered Steel Mont Trading (SML) has said it will stop supplying coal from South Africa to Ukrinterenergo, Ukraine’s state energy trading company, according to an announcement by Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Prodan at a cabinet meeting in Kiev on 12 November. Rajesh Kumar Saraiya, a member of SML’s board of directors, told Bloomberg it was because the company did not...
  • Jon Stewart Tweets: Coal Miners Are Self-Destructive Morons

    11/14/2014 5:03:42 AM PST · by lowbridge · 70 replies
    newsbusters ^ | november 13, 2014 | melissa mullins
    Comedian (and climate change advocate)  Jon Stewart seems to think vanishing coal jobs that force miners to find new jobs “is funny”.  So funny in fact, he thinks they should go and work for the NFL….because, you know, being a coal miner and a football player in the NFL are so similar.
  • Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship indicted in 2010 mine disaster

    11/13/2014 7:25:06 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/13/14
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The former CEO who oversaw the West Virginia mine that exploded in 2010, killing 29 people, was indicted Thursday on federal charges related to a mine safety investigation that followed the blast.
  • Coal trumps the IPCC, again

    11/13/2014 6:00:07 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 13 nov 2014 | Robert Bryce
    Rajendra Pachauri, the Indian academic who chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, recently declared that we have "the means to limit climate change" and that "all we need is the will to change." That's a rather glib statement given that just five years ago, Pachauri was lamenting the fact that so many of his fellow Indians were living in dire energy poverty. In July 2009, Pachauri asked reporters, "Can you imagine 400 million people who do not have a light bulb in their homes?" He continued, saying, "with the resources of coal that India has, we really don't have...
  • Fossil Fuels and Morality: If you care about human flourishing, fossil fuels are demonstrably good.

    11/12/2014 8:09:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/12/2014 | Robert Zubrin
    “A few more decades of ungoverned fossil-fuel use and we burn up, to put it bluntly.” — Bill McKibben, leading environmental activist, 1989 I came across this quote, along with many others of comparable value, while reading Alex Epstein’s just-published book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. But Epstein’s book is much more than a fantastic collection of such delightfully mad environmentalist pronouncements — although that part alone is worth the purchase price. Rather, what Epstein presents is a powerful, systematic, and relentlessly logical philosophical case for the moral value of the fossil-fuel industry, and the fundamentally immoral basis...
  • The coming climate onslaught: President Obama readies a sweeping list of executive actions.

    11/11/2014 11:09:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 11, 2014 | Andrew Restuccia and Erica Martinson
    The Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any president’s environmental actions of the past quarter-century — a reality check for Republicans who think last week’s election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White House’s “War on Coal.” Tied to court-ordered deadlines, legal mandates and international climate talks, the efforts scheduled for the next two months show that President Barack Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming. And incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have...
  • Sen.-Elect Capito: Will Be 'Extremely Aggressive' in Trying to Rollback EPA Regulations [W.Va]

    11/10/2014 1:17:52 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) pledged on “Fox News Sunday” to be “extremely aggressive” in trying to rollback some regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Extremely aggressive,” she said when asked how aggressive she would be in the Senate in trying to rollback some of the EPA regulations. “That is my promise to West Virginia. We have lost over the last two years, 5,000 jobs. Those are just coal jobs. “We had several thousand other miners who are what are called a warn notice, meaning they're potentially going to be losing their jobs. That doesn't even count the transportation job,...
  • Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country

    11/09/2014 8:12:55 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 11-9-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Dems Realize “War on Coal” Cost Them Coal Country by Daniel Greenfield People are funny that way. They cling to their bibles and guns. And then if you declare war on them, they don’t want to vote for you. Coal-heavy districts in West Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois that had been steadily moving away from Democrats in recent elections appear to have completed that shift Tuesday, when they overwhelmingly backed Republicans who vowed to oppose what they call President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.”In West Virginia, once a long-time Democratic stronghold, Republicans will take control of both houses of the state...
  • The Social Justice of Coal

    11/06/2014 5:05:02 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Robert Bryce | Robert Bryce
    Demonize coal. Keep the poor in the dark. And, above all, keep pushing the fantasy that U.S. government action (with or without the approval of Congress) is essential to dealing with climate change. That — in a nutshell — is the climate-change strategy of the Obama administration and its environmentalist allies. Evidence of the third point can be found by looking at the “Clean Power Plan” — the 645-page set of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last June that, if it withstands legal challenges, will effectively outlaw the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States....
  • Bowie Coal Mine In Colorado Lays Off 150 Workers

    10/30/2014 10:29:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    KVNF ^ | October 30, 2014
    Bowie Resource Partners says it has eliminated 150 jobs at the Bowie #2 coal mine near Paonia. ... Last year the shutdown of another mine in the region caused nearly 300 people to lose their jobs. That coal mine is in Somerset. In the release, Bowie says it will provide the 150 laid off workers with 60 days of wages and benefits.
  • WV Coal Mine Company Lays Off 130 Workers

    10/22/2014 7:23:38 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    WCHS.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | WCHS.com
    After warning in August that hundreds of miners could lose their jobs, Boone County-based Coal River Energy has laid off 130 mine workers. Coal River Energy spokesman James "Skeets" Loving confirmed the layoffs Tuesday. In August, the company warned that 280 mine workers could be out of jobs. Loving said the company laid off 130 employees on Oct. 11, while keeping 94 workers and finding other work for 56 others. The affected mining areas are located near the border of Boone and Kanawha counties. Some are underground and some are surface mines. The company pointed to poor coal markets and...
  • Renewable Energy Fails Protesters Calling for More Renewable Energy (Wisconsin)

    10/21/2014 8:01:28 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 9, 2014 | MacIverInstitute
    Demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of "dirty coal" and called for more renewable energy. To make their point, they had a blow-up coal power plant that was running on a fan powered by wind and solar charged batteries. Before the protest was over, however, the batteries died and their solar panel could not produce enough energy to keep the power plant standing upright.
  • Dayton, senators seek federal action on railroad delays

    10/14/2014 5:19:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-13-14 | Don Davis
    DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota's leaders want federal help to ease railroad delays. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday sent a letter to the head of the Surface Transportation Board saying that rail delays are hurting many parts of the economy. "As we watch winter come to the state of Minnesota, we have become increasingly alarmed by the service failures of several railroads that serve critical industries in our state," the three Democrats wrote to board Chairman Daniel Elliott. And on Tuesday, Dayton holds what is expected to be the last of a series...
  • Green demonstrators accidentally prove why they should never be trusted with energy policy

    10/11/2014 1:39:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-11-14 | Thomas Lifson
    “Renewable” energy is unreliable, and can never replace secure base load sources like coal, natural gas, and hydro. And now a bunch of greenies have embarrassed themselves and proved the point. Attempting to show how wonderful solar power is, a band of self-righteous greenie demonstrators in Madison, WI, the Berkeley of the Midwest, instead demonstrated that reliance on renewables means brownouts and blackouts. Protesting a proposed rate increase by the local utility, Madison Gas & Electric, they made utter fools of themselves, and showed by reliable power from hydrocarbons is the only way to have secure energy supplies. The MacIver...
  • An Industrial-Size Generator That Runs on Waste Heat, Using No Fuel

    10/10/2014 12:47:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | October 9, 2014 | By Kevin Bullis
    Startup Alphabet Energy has its first product: what it says is the world’s largest thermoelectric generator. Power plants waste huge amounts of energy as heat—about 40 to 80 percent of the total in the fuel they burn. A new device could reduce that waste, cutting fuel consumption and carbon emissions by as much as 3 percent and saving companies millions of dollars. (Three percent might not seem like much, but for context, air travel accounts for 2 percent of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions.) The generator makes use of a novel, highly efficient thermoelectric material discovered recently at the University of...
  • UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal

    10/10/2014 12:23:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 10/10/2014 | by Michelle Ma & Provided by University of Washington
    Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply. Perhaps the biggest roadblock to adopting fusion energy is that the economics haven't penciled out. Fusion power designs aren't cheap enough to outperform systems that use fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. University of Washington engineers hope to change that. They have designed a concept for a fusion reactor that, when scaled up to the size of a large electrical power plant, would rival costs for a new coal-fired plant with similar electrical output. The...
  • Lost Electricity Generation Capacity 7X Higher Than EPA Estimates

    10/10/2014 9:19:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 9, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – Power plants generating 72 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in 37 states have either closed or are scheduled to shut their doors to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, according to the Institute for Energy Research (IER). The loss of generating capacity is “over seven times the amount originally predicted by EPA modeling,” IER’s updated report, released October 7, noted. “Originally, EPA calculated that only 9.5 GW of electrical generating capacity would close as a result of its MATS (Mercury and Air Toxics Standard) and CSAPR (Cross State Air Pollution Rule) rules,” the report stated. “Before President Obama’s...
  • Union Workers Protest Obama's EPA Regs: 'Don’t Even Mention His Name'

    10/09/2014 10:36:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 9, 2014 | Ali Meyer & Craig Millward
    (CNSNews.com) - The United Mine Workers of America held a rally Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to protest Environmental Protection Agency regulations that they claim would destroy the nation’s coal industry and coal-related jobs while doing nothing to address climate change. On Tuesday, current and retired workers convened at Freedom Plaza, then marched to EPA offices to protest EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, part of President Obama’s larger climate-change agenda, which aims to cut carbon pollution by imposing state-by-state emissions standards and fines for failure to meet those standards. CNSNews.com asked protesters, “If you could tell President Obama anything about these...
  • ‘Doing an IRS’? EPA can’t find top official’s text messages

    10/09/2014 2:49:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA is poised to “do an IRS” — similar to what the tax agency had to do with dismissed top official Lois G. Lerner — and officially notify the National Archives that it may have lost key electronic records, according to a think tank that’s suing to get text messages under an open-records request. Justice Department lawyers told a federal court on Tuesday that the alert will be coming soon, in a case that’s shaping up as a significant battle over whether government agencies are required to keep cellphone text messages as “official” records. In this case, researcher Chris...
  • Alison Grimes Campaign Commercial So Deceptive It Earns 4 WaPo Pinocchios

    10/07/2014 12:36:52 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 7, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Just how deceptive is Alison Grimes' campaign commercial attacking Senator Mitch McConnell for supposedly being "anti-coal?" So deceptive that even fact checker Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post has awarded it four Pinocchios for extreme mendacity. To make matters worse for Grimes, this four Pinocchios award comes at the same time that James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released two videos showing Grimes campaign workers and a big financial backer stating on hidden camera that Grimes is only pretending to support the coal industry in order to get elected. First up, let us look at the Alision Grimes 4 Pinocchio campaign commercial:
  • Alison Grimes Donor On Coal: She's going to **** Them

    10/07/2014 12:22:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/7/14 | Charlie Spiering
    <p>James O’Keefe has turned his talents towards the Senate midterm elections, secretly interviewing supporters and volunteers of the Alison Grimes campaign, the Democratic opponent to Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.</p> <p>In the latest undercover video, investigators secretly filmed a Harvey Weinstein fundraiser, speaking with one individual who insists that Grimes will "fuck" the coal industry after she is elected.</p>
  • Mine workers protest at U.S. EPA

    10/07/2014 9:59:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    West Virginia MetroNews ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Chris Lawrence
    The rules put in place by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency have dealt a severe blow to the economy of the Appalachian region. The most recent proposal could be the death knell if they are enacted. More than 500 active and retired coal miners from West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia delivered that message to Washington Tuesday. The protest is the most recent demonstration against the clean power rule which would change the rules for emissions on existing coal fired power plants in the United States. The rally, led by the United Mine Workers Union, called on the...
  • Grimes’ campaign workers caught on hidden camera: "It's a lying game” (KY politics-Video)

    10/06/2014 3:50:13 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 16 replies
    project veritas ^ | oct 6th 2014 | project veritas
    Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Grimes has vehemently and repeatedly claimed to oppose President Obama’s coal and environmental policies in what has become an increasingly significant campaign issue. A team of investigative journalists, led by Project Veritas Action’s founder James O’Keefe, went undercover in multiple Grimes campaign offices to determine if her opposition to the core principles of her own political party is genuine or an intentional deception.
  • Alison Grimes and coal – The Lying Game? (Project Veritas video)

    10/06/2014 9:22:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 10-6-2014 | William A. Jacobson
    New James O’Keefe undercover video shows Grimes supporters acknowledging she’s being deceptive as to coal. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action has gone undercover with various Democratic campaigns, and is beginning to roll out video.First up, supporters of Alison Grimes, who is challenging Mitch McConnell. Grimes supporters in the Democratic Party do not seem to have any doubt that Grimes is just playing the political game with the coal industry during the campaign, but will help take it down once elected.Via Free Beacon: U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is lying about her support for the state’s coal industry according to...
  • Grimes Staff Caught on Hidden Camera: She’s Lying About Support for Coal Industry (O'Keefe!)

    10/06/2014 6:25:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | October 6, 2014 8:00 am | BY: Lachlan Markay
    U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is lying about her support for the state’s coal industry according to Kentucky Democrats, including members of her campaign team, who were captured on a hidden camera video. The video, produced by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, shows five employees of the Grimes campaign and local Democratic Party affiliates speculating that the Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is only professing her support for the industry out of political expediency. “If we can get her elected do you think she is going to do the right thing and she’s gonna try...
  • Helping People in “Coal Country” as the Nation Divests from Carbon

    10/03/2014 6:56:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    NPQ ^ | 10-3-2014 | RICK COHEN
    In the wake of increasingly successful divestment actions aimed at carbon-producing industries, coal has turned into the new tobacco. While even natural gas mining has its vocal supporters despite the dangers of fracking, the supporters of coal are shrinking as the “clean coal” touted by candidates of both political parties looks more and more like an oxymoron. But what about the people who live in coal country? What is happening to them as the institutional investors withdraw their assets from the companies topping the Carbon 200 list? As institutional investors including foundations pull their assets out of coal, are foundations...
  • SaskPower Unveils First Commercial-Scale, Coal-Fired Power Plant to Capture Carbon

    10/02/2014 5:19:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    The Energy Collective ^ | October 1, 2014 | Doug Vine
    For the first time ever, a large-scale, coal-fired power plant is capturing carbon dioxide to keep it from being released into the atmosphere – a milestone for a technology critical to addressing climate change. Canadian electric utility SaskPower has switched on unit 3 at its Boundary Dam power plant, about 10 miles from the North Dakota border, and will hold an official grand opening Oct. 2. Following a $1.2 billion retrofit, the 46-year-old, 110-megawatt coal unit is now on course toward capturing 90 percent of its carbon emissions. Other upgrades reduce nitrous oxide emissions and capture 100 percent of the...
  • A Vote for Energy Is a Vote for America

    10/02/2014 5:02:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Holt
    When Americans hit the polls in a few weeks, job growth and the overall economy will be the most important issue in deciding whom they vote for Congress, a recent CBS News/New York Times polls says. A CNN/ORC poll echoed similar sentiments, as did a Bloomberg national poll, NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, and Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Trepidations about the economy, these polls show, are shared by all Americans – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, blue states, red states. We all have these worries. But what often flies under the radar is the significant role energy production plays in...
  • Polish miners block Russian coal imports at border

    09/24/2014 12:50:36 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 10 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Adrian Krajewski
    WARSAW (Reuters) - More than 200 Polish miners blocked trains carrying Russian coal at a border passage in northern Poland to protest against the cheaper Russian coal being brought in at a time when local mines are struggling, mining union leaders said on Wednesday. Poland, which uses coal to generate about 90 percent of its electricity, produced 76.5 million tonnes in 2013. It exported 10.6 million tonnes but at the same time imported 10.8 million, mainly from Russia and the Czech Republic. Imported coal proves cheaper than that from Poland's largest miners such as Kompania Weglowa or JSW. Faced with...
  • Climate change alarmists silent on economic damage done by climate change alarmists

    09/23/2014 7:14:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 9-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    As Watchdog.org report Bruce Parker vividly reported Sunday from inside the environmentalist carnival that was the People’s Climate March through midtown Manhattan, this pre-game show to Tuesday’s going-green confab in New York City showcased an array of left-loving characters. His greenness himself, former Vice President Al Gore was in attendance. So was Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio. The vegans, the shamans, the commies, big labor, the socialists, and probably more than a few sociopaths all were on hand at what was billed as the largest climate-related protest in history. Along the parade route, from Central Park West to West 34th Street,...
  • Anti-Coal Policies Causing Florida Electricity Rate Hikes

    09/20/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | August 26, 2014 | James Taylor
    Duke Energy seeks nearly $2 million in Florida electricity rate hikes to pay for a new power plant made necessary by environmental restrictions. The electricity rate hikes became necessary as environmental restrictions force the closing of two coal power plants providing Floridians with inexpensive electricity. ... Aided by $10 million in campaign spending by billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, the Charlie Crist campaign is hammering Gov. Rick Scott for not imposing still more stringent power plant restrictions, above and beyond those imposed by the federal government. Steyer and Crist say Florida should impose state-specific power plant restrictions that would close...
  • President Obama has a huge gas problem

    09/18/2014 1:44:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    al-Jazeera ^ | September 15, 2014 | Peter Moskowitz
    Ahead of the People’s Climate March, activists say Obama must address fracking if he wants to leave a meaningful legacy.Later this month, hundreds of delegates will gather inside the U.N. to talk about climate change. President Barack Obama plans to attend the climate summit and reportedly wants work on a deal with other world leaders to “name and shame” countries that aren’t actively pursuing serious climate action. But outside the U.N., thousands of activists will be protesting with one message: Whatever Obama accomplishes at the U.N., it won’t be enough to save his climate legacy. The Obama administration has been...
  • Why King Coal Will Keep Its Crown

    09/17/2014 6:34:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 9/17/2014 | Andrew Topf
    For climate change activists and those hoping for an energy future dominated by renewables or even less-polluting natural gas, the death of coal cannot come quickly enough. But with coal still the dominant form of cheap electricity throughout the world, it is unlikely the bogeyman of climate change will disappear anytime soon. That's because the price of coal, compared to other fuels, is just too good to refuse. Just look at China, where the country's double-digit economic growth has largely been fueled by coal, which fulfills 60 percent of its energy mix.
  • Black Hills customers 'mad as hell' over proposed rate increase ( Colorado )

    09/13/2014 7:41:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    KRDO ^ | Sep 11, 2014 | Michelle San Miguel
    PUEBLO, Colo. - Black Hills executives heard another earful from its customers during a hearing on its proposed rate increase. "I'm mad as hell about these rate increases," said Frank Soudek. "Reasonably priced power. That's what we're asking for," said Lee Gladney. Black Hills wants to increase utility rates by 4 percent starting next year to make up for the construction cost of a wind farm in Huerfano County.
  • District attorney drops charges against activists who blocked coal freighter, says they were right

    09/12/2014 2:54:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    National Post/NY Times ^ | 9/09/14 | Jess Bidgood
    FALL RIVER, Mass. – In May 2013, two environmental activists piloted a lobster boat close to the vast pile of coal at the Brayton Point Power Station, the hulking plant that overlooks this industrial inlet near the border between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. With the tiny boat, the two men – Jay O’Hara, 32, and Ken Ward, 57 – dropped anchor and for a day blocked a freighter with a 40,000-ton shipment of coal, and they were arrested and charged with conspiracy, disturbing the peace and other violations. The two were scheduled to be tried on Monday, and they planned...
  • EPA Proposed Regulations to Shut Down Coal-Fired Power Plants

    09/09/2014 8:42:16 AM PDT · by walford · 52 replies
    Jim's Blog ^ | Jun 5, 2014 | Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) Okla
    On Monday (Jun 2), the Obama Administration took a major step toward shutting down the US coal industry, a stated goal from his presidential campaign. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed sweeping new regulations to limit so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. These regulations would make coal-powered electrical generation in the US uneconomical. Under this plan, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” as the President promised in his 2008 campaign. To what gain? The Wall Street Journal reported, “Based on the EPA's own carbon accounting, shutting down every coal-fired power plant tomorrow and replacing them with zero-carbon sources would...
  • Ukraine loses 3.4 million tonnes of coal because of terrorists - Energy Ministry

    09/04/2014 7:04:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 16:00 04.09.2014 | Ukrinform
    KYIV, September 4 /Ukrinform/. Many coalmines have been destroyed as a result of fighting in Ukraine's eastern regions, and the losses of coal needed for the country's energy security have already reached 3.4 million tonnes. First Deputy Minister for Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Ziukov said this on Thursday at a meeting of the coordinating council for the restoration of Ukrainian statehood in the Donbas and Crimea, which was held at Ukrinform. "Over the period of the hostilities, which began in late April, we lost 3.4 million tonnes of coal, which could have been extracted at these enterprises, including 2.3...
  • NSDC: Russian marauders steal coal from Donbas

    09/04/2014 6:24:41 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Wednesday 03 september, 2014, 18:12 | Zik TV
    The Russians started to steal the coal from Donbas mines and take it to Russia, National Security and Defense council says Sept. 3. One day ago, the head of the Independent Trade Union of Miners Mykhailo Volynets confirmed that the terrorists and their Russian masters have started to move the coal from mine’s storage depots to Russia. From the Antratsyt and Chervony partyzan mines the militants have seized 15,000 tons of coal. They loaded it on the white-colored trucks and took it to Russia. The trucks from the first so-called food convoy were used to steal the equipment of the...
  • Report: Households See Electricity Prices Rising At Record Levels

    09/02/2014 5:16:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2014
    Electricity prices are on the rise across the country, according to federal government data. The average price has risen more than 3 percent since the same time last year — the highest year-over-year growth for the first half of the year since 2009. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, residential electricity prices — what households pay to keep the lights on — averaged 12.3 cents per kilowatt hour for the first half of this year. This is 3.2 percent above the average price this time last year. New England, however, saw prices rise significantly more than the national average....
  • America’s coal heartland is in economic freefall — but only the most desperate are fleeing

    08/28/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Chico Harlan
    LOGAN, W.Va. — For 51 years he’d lived in the same hollow and for two decades he’d performed the same job, mining coal from the underground seams of southern West Virginia. Then, on June 30, Michael Estep was jobless. His mine shut down, and its operator said “market conditions” made coal production unviable. What has come since, for Estep, stands as the new Central Appalachian economic experience: a job-hunt in a region whose sustaining industry is in an unprecedented freefall. “I don’t know what to do,” Estep said as unpaid bills piled up, his cable cut to black, and his...
  • New $15bn coal mine in Australia to hire over 5,000 workers

    08/27/2014 5:14:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Mining.com ^ | August 25, 2014 | Cecilia Jamasmie
    The developer of Australia’s US$15bn Carmichael coal mine, one of the world’s largest fossil fuel projects, said it will start hiring the over 5,000 people it needs for the construction phase beginning next year. With the announcement, Adani Group —an Indian conglomerate with interests spanning mining, energy and logistics— has doubled the estimates made when the coal mine and rail project got its final approval. Designed to eventually produce 60 million tonnes of thermal coal a year, the project consists of six open-cut pits and up to five underground mines, to supply coal-hungry Indian power plants with enough of the...
  • Vancouver Port Authority gives go ahead for construction of controversial coal shipping facility

    08/25/2014 5:11:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Stockhouse ^ | 8/22/2014 | The Canadian Press
    Metro Vancouver' port authority has approved construction of a controversial coal-shipping facility in a major marine terminal. Fraser Surrey Docks has been given a permit by Port Metro Vancouver to build the facility along the Fraser River that will handle four million metric tonnes of coal each year. Environmentalists, many residents and the region's medical health officers have expressed concerns about the effect on air quality and potential harm to the surrounding environment. Peter Xotta, of Port Metro Vancouver, says the decision was not taken lightly but a comprehensive review found there were no unacceptable risks from the development. Fraser...
  • The War on Coal: It’s Because I’m Black, Isn’t it?

    08/24/2014 8:44:25 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-24-2014 | MOTUS
    I see that both the Farmer’s Almanac and Joe Bastardi (the other Joey B) are predicting another El Nino winter, which means a stormier and colder than normal winter, especially along the east coast. That could prove to be a bit of a problem since power companies apparently took Barry at his word that “if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”  So they didn’t. And they’re closing the coal plants they do have: “In order to comply with the new Obama era EPA regs, American Electric Power, which supplies...
  • MEC campaigns against new EPA regulations

    08/20/2014 2:34:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Mohave Valley News ^ | August 20, 2014 | By NEIL YOUNG
    BULLHEAD CITY — There’s “no logic” to proposed new regulations on coal-fired power plants by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric Cooperative chief executive officer. Carlson spoke at the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, held at Mohave Community College. MEC is not against clean air, Carlson said. “What we’re concerned about is the over-reach, the over-reaction, what we’re worried about is having rules and regulations that aren’t reasonable, that aren’t rational and that actually have collateral damage to them.” The rules changes would shut down coal production in Arizona, driving up the cost of...
  • Republicans Apparent Victors in Va. State Senate Race

    08/19/2014 6:12:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | August 19, 2014
    Republicans appear likely to retain control of the state Senate with the apparent victory of GOP candidate Ben Chafin in a special election for the 38th district.