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  • Lafayette Parish President candidates field questions on coal-fired plant, traffic signals

    10/05/2015 6:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Advocate ^ | October 1, 2015 | Richard Burgess
    City-parish president candidates Joel Robideaux and Dee Stanley navigated questions on coal-generated power, the disruption an elevated interstate might cause in Lafayette and whether the city has too many traffic signals — all posed at a Thursday evening forum sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. In a campaign season where the candidates have often found themselves repeatedly addressing the same issues in the string of debates and forums leading up to the Oct. 24 election, Stanley and Robideaux covered some new ground at the environmental group’s forum at the Lafayette Public Library downtown. Robideaux, a longtime state...
  • More layoffs hit Bowie coal mine ( Colorado, Utah, and )

    09/30/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Bowie Resource Partners plans to lay off nearly 100 people at its Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia in the latest setback to coal employment in the North Fork Valley. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates laying off 78 workers and 19 contractors from the mine, where 181 full-time employees and 19 contractors work now. ... it is continuing to evaluate the market for the mine’s coal after losing a contract to sell to the Tennessee Valley Authority a year ago. The loss of that contract caused Bowie to eliminate about 150 jobs at that time. Bowie operates three underground...
  • After 100 years, city electric plant burns its last load of coal

    09/29/2015 6:33:25 AM PDT · by Controlling Legal Authority · 8 replies
    Columbia Missourian ^ | 9/29/15 | Jennifer Lu
    For more than 100 years, coal-fired boilers at the Municipal Power Plant have helped power the city's electric needs. At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22, the last day of summer, the Municipal Power Plant burned its last load of coal. The city-owned plant's two coal-fired boilers join a growing number of small, aging coal-fired units across the country that have gone cold in the face of tighter environmental regulations on emissions. A third boiler will continue to burn natural gas. To meet both regulations, Johanningmeier said, the plant would have had to refit the boilers with emissions-reducing equipment costing tens of...
  • NYC mayor to urge city pension funds to divest from coal

    09/29/2015 4:54:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 09/29/2015
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to propose that New York City's pension funds divest from coal.</p> <p>De Blasio administration officials told The Associated Press that the mayor will begin making his case to the city's five pension funds on Tuesday.</p>
  • EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

    09/29/2015 12:59:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2015 3:53 AM EDT | Matthew Daly
    Facing a court-ordered deadline, the Obama administration is preparing to finalize stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration’s plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands. Business groups panned the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ozone rules as unnecessary when they were announced last fall, calling them the costliest regulation in history and warning they could jeopardize a resurgence in American manufacturing. But EPA...
  • $100B/Yr Climate Finance Challenging, But Possible (global taxes!) - UN Panel (Soros)

    11/06/2010 11:28:07 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 33 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | Selina Williams
    Raising $100 billion a year of climate finance by 2020 is challenging, but possible through mechanisms including carbon markets, domestic carbon taxes and a variety of international transportation taxes, a United Nations advisory group said in a report Friday. Earlier this year, the UN's Ban established the panel, which includes U.S. National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, billionaire financier George Soros and Deutsche Bank vice-chairman Caio Koch-Weser. The financing will be used to support mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries--in particular, for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
  • US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

    09/22/2015 7:19:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 22, 2015 | Gruver
    The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections ... The fight over whether to list the bird as endangered or threatened recalled the battle over the spotted owl 25 years ago, where federal protection greatly impeded the logging economy. ... could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats heading into the 2016 election; ... House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said Tuesday's announcement was a "cynical ploy" intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development...
  • Another Colorado coal mine to undergo federal environmental review

    09/12/2015 7:46:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Sep 11, 2015 | Cathy Proctor
    A second northwestern Colorado coal mine will undergo a review of the mine's environmental impact following an agreement reached by the federal government, the mine's owners and WildEarth Guardians.. The agreement between the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM), Trapper Mining Inc. and WildEarth Guardians was filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Denver. The agreement gives the federal government until the end of April to complete a new review of the mine’s operations. ... Our miners must be allowed to keep working to supply Craig Station with the coal that’s needed to supply the grid...
  • Colorado coal mine avoids closure over environmental group's green gambit

    09/08/2015 4:15:11 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 8 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A Colorado coal mine slated for closure due to a technicality has gotten a reprieve from the federal government in a move that could save hundreds of jobs. The Colowyo coal mine, which has provided hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the economy of the city of Craig and the northwestern region of the state since 1977 was in danger of being closed because a renewal permit drafted eight years ago did not take into account the mine's impact on climate change. An environmental group sued in a bid to invalidate the permit. A court-ordered review by the...
  • Last union mine in Kentucky closes ( War on Coal )

    09/08/2015 1:20:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | Sept. 5, 2015
    The union era's death knell sounded in Kentucky on New Year's Eve, when Patriot Coal announced the closing of its Highland Mine. The underground mine in western Kentucky employed about 400 hourly workers represented by the United Mine Workers of America. ... Union membership remains substantial in West Virginia, with more than 30,000 members, largely because that state wasn't affected by the environmental regulations on high-sulfur coal that essentially halted mining in western Kentucky in the 1990s. Smith said those western Kentucky mine shutdowns led to the loss of about 20,000 union members in two years.
  • Is George Soros Betting on the Long-Term Future of Coal?

    09/01/2015 9:20:28 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 10 replies ^ | 01-09-2015 | Sorosian
    Perhaps the greatest nightmare for investors in a commodity stock is that the commodity in question goes the way of coal. After more than a century of dominance in the U.S. and abroad, coal appears to have entered into a structural decline. The EIA and others see coal export volumes declining, domestic U.S. demand remaining questionable, and intense competition from natural gas continuing. A funny thing happened on the way to the graveyard for coal companies though – one of the industries greatest detractors, George Soros, appears to be stepping in as a supporter. Soros, whose $24 billion fortune is...
  • Solyndra autopsy: Did Inspector General go too easy on Department of Energy?

    08/31/2015 7:36:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Watchdog ^ | August 31, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    An Inspector General of the Department of Energy report that picked over the bones of the Solyndra green energy fiasco placed most of the blame on Solyndra executives for losing more than $500 million in taxpayer money. But a close reading shows DOE made plenty of mistakes as well. The report authored by DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman came just short of calling Solyndra’s highest officials liars, saying their actions during the loan process were “at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead the Department.” While the 13-page report...
  • As natural gas replaces coal, U.S. utilities invest big in the future

    08/27/2015 5:45:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fortune ^ | AUGUST 26, 2015 | Katie Fehrenbacher
    Southern Company isn’t alone in spending billions to position itself for the natural gas future. One of the largest companies that owns utilities in the U.S., Southern Company, announced a big deal this week that highlights just how aggressively power firms are looking to boost their natural gas power resources at the expense of the declining coal industry. On Monday, Southern Company SO 2.61% said it plans to buy natural-gas distributor AGL Resources GAS -0.08% for $8 billion in cash. The deal, which is for $12 billion but includes $4 billion in debt, offers AGL shareholders a 38% premium over...
  • The week that was: George Soros and Tom Steyer take their lumps

    08/22/2015 3:30:10 PM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    California Watchdog ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    It’s been a bad week for billionaires and climate change activists Tom Steyer and George Soros. Soros is being labeled a hypocrite for making a $2 million investment in coal while Steyer is catching flak after an investigation by Associated Press revealed that a California proposition Steyer backed in 2012 has not translated into the green energy generation and jobs that were promised.
  • Earliest site of coal fuel found in Xinjiang

    08/20/2015 10:37:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    China Daily ^ | Friday, August 14, 2015 | Xinhua
    Photo taken on Aug 10, 2015 shows the excavation site of Jiren Taigoukou Ruins in Qialege'e village in Nilka county in Ili Valley, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Archaeologists here found the earliest site where coal was used as fuel by human beings. The discovery, which indicates human beings had been using coal as fuel 3,500 years ago, is 1,000 years earlier than previous finds. [Photo/Xinhua]
  • Head of EPA Admits Climate Regulations Will Hit Low-Income Minority Families Hardest

    08/20/2015 6:17:16 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 13 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/19/15 | Nicolas Loris
    The chief environmental regulator in the United States had some blunt words of reality regarding the administration’s climate change regulations. The Clean Power Plan that will require drastic cuts in 47 states’ carbon dioxide emissions – consequently shifting America’s energy economy away from affordable, reliable coal – will adversely impact poor, minority families the most. When speaking about the higher energy prices caused by the administration’s climate regulations on power plants, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “We know that low-income minority communities would be hardest hit.”
  • The Real Winner Of Obama’s ‘War On Coal': George Soros

    08/20/2015 3:54:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/19/15 | Michael Bastasch
    The real winner of President Barack Obama’s so-called “war on coal” isn’t the EPA, nor is it the natural gas industry. It’s liberal billionaire George Soros.Last week, Obama’s EPA announced sweeping regulations for U.S. power plants, forcing them to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent by 2030. The news sent shockwaves through the coal industry, sending stocks tumbling and forcing the industry’s two biggest players to consider bankruptcy filings.That’s where liberal billionaire Soros steps in. In the days after the Clean Power Plan was announced, Soros bought more than 1 million shares of Peabody Energy and 553,200 shares of...
  • Texas Sets Record for Gas Power Burn, Still Barely Enough

    08/19/2015 3:18:10 PM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Power ^ | 08/18/2015 | Thomas Overton
    The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on August 10 set a record for electricity demand, topping 69,000 MW twice during the afternoon. The peak came as the Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that Texas also set a record for gas power burn—natural gas usage in its power sector—reaching an average 4.5 Bcf/d through August 11. The peak came during a recent heat wave, with temperatures across the state topping 100F. Though reserves briefly fell below 2,500 MW, ERCOT was able to weather the episode without any system emergencies. Wholesale prices peaked at $2,250/MWh during the hour period of greatest...
  • Union rallies outside Patriot Coal over pension benefits

    08/18/2015 9:31:35 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 08/18/2015 | Jonathan Mattise, AP
    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (AP) -- Busloads of United Mine Workers of America miners and retirees roared in protest outside Patriot Coal headquarters Monday, as the bankrupt company looks to nix a union contract that includes pension contributions and health benefits. From a makeshift stage on the bed of a tow truck, UMWA President Cecil Roberts bellowed out to a camouflage-clad crowd of 1,500 to 1,800 miners and led them in a march to nearby Patriot headquarters. UMWA packed twenty-two buses of miners from Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, according to union spokesman Phil Smith.
  • Wow! Obama drives down coal company stocks, and Soros buys them on the cheap

    08/18/2015 6:55:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/18/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    I have always believed that global warming is a gigantic scam, driven by greed and lust for power. Now comes the shocking news, via Steve Milloy writing on Breitbart, that following President Obama’s use of CO2 emissions as a weapon to drive major coal companies near bankruptcy, the ultimate politically connected speculator George Soros is buying up stock in major coal producers on the cheap. I predicted in this column last week that the left wasn’t going to kill off the coal industry so much as it was going to steal it. That prediction is already becoming true courtesy of billionaire...
  • The New King Coal: George Soros

    08/17/2015 8:55:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 8/17/2015 | Steve Miloy
    I predicted in this column last week that the left wasn’t going to kill off the coal industry so much as it was going to steal it. That prediction is already becoming true courtesy of billionaire George Soros. U.S. Securities and Exchange Act filings indicate that Soros has purchased an initial 1 million shares of Peabody Energy and 553,200 shares of Arch Coal, the two largest publicly traded U.S. coal companies. As pointed out last week, both companies have been driven perilously close to bankruptcy by the combination of President Obama’s “war on coal” and inexpensive natural gas brought on...
  • Crude oil is getting smoked (WTI bouncing below $43!)

    08/11/2015 10:30:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8-11-2015 | Akin Oyedele
    There goes crude oil again. On Tuesday morning, West Texas Intermediate crude futures in New York fell 4% to as low as $43.03 per barrel. Brent crude, the international benchmark, was also lower, near $50 per barrel, after on Monday having its biggest one-day jump in a month. We got OPEC's latest monthly production numbers Tuesday morning, and they showed that production surged to a three-year high in July. The 12-member oil cartel has overshot its production target for at least a year in a bid to maintain its market share. After what seemed like a recovery in prices around...
  • Jeb Worked With Bloomberg Amid $50 Million Anti-Coal Campaign

    08/11/2015 4:37:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 08/10/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Presidential candidate and former Gov. Jeb Bush got into some hot water recently over his past work with a foundation run by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for its funding of Planned Parenthood. What went unnoticed, however, was that Bush worked with Bloomberg as he gave millions to environmental groups to take down the coal industry. Bush, who’s looking to win the Republican presidential nomination, served as a founding director of the Bloomberg Family Foundation — now called Bloomberg Philanthropies — from 2010 through 2014. During Bush’s second year with the organization, Bloomberg donated $50 million to the...
  • Obama’s De-growth Agenda (Killing the Coal Industry)

    08/10/2015 11:40:03 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 8 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | August 10, 2015 | Todd Strandberg
    The coal industry is facing its toughest challenge since The Great Depression of 1929. The collapse in coal prices and a growing weight from new regulations has claimed dozens of firms. In just recent months, three major coal producers have filed for bankruptcy. Alpha Natural Resources operates more than fifty underground and surface mines in five states. It is the nation’s largest producer of the type of coal used in steel production. In 2011, Alpha Natural Resources was worth $11 billion in stock value. The firm is now worth less than $7 million. Peabody Energy Corporation, is the largest private-sector...
  • Conservative coal towns are being destroyed across America

    08/10/2015 7:09:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/09/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Here’s today’s political quiz question: what do these five states — Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Oregon and Maine — have in common. Yes they are blue states ruled by Democrats, but that’s not all. These are the states that use the least amount of coal — less than 2 percent — for electric power. In fact, almost all of the states that are politically liberal and vote unfailingly Democratic are low coal use states. Washington, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are also in the top 10 states least reliant on coal. Only conservative Idaho is a red state with...
  • Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan doom Colorado’s coal industries?

    08/08/2015 1:57:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Watchdog ^ | July 30, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Gov. John Hickenlooper has pledged that Colorado will comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but this effort to cut so-called “CO2 pollution” could come at a dear price to the state’s coal industry. ... Colorado is among the top states in coal production and consumption. In the year 2013, 64 percent of energy produced in Colorado came from coal, 20 percent from natural gas, and around 15 percent from various renewables including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind. The history of Colorado’s coal mining industry stretches over the past two centuries. Not to mention, coal jobs have a multiplier effect...
  • Global Coal Boom Accelerating Despite Obama’s Green Posturing

    08/07/2015 11:29:14 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Watts Up with That? ^ | August 8, 2015 | By Anthony Watts
    At the very moment President Obama has decided to shutter America’s coal industry in favor of much more expensive and less efficient “renewable energy,” coal use is surging across the globe. A new study by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences detects an unmistakable “coal renaissance” under way that shows this mineral of fossilized carbon has again become “the most important source of energy-related emissions on the global scale.” Coal is expanding rapidly “not only in China and India but also across a broad range of developing countries — especially poor, fast-growing countries mainly in Asia,” the study finds. Why...
  • Shut down coal mines, group urges ( WildEarth Guardians : Colorado)

    08/07/2015 11:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 6, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Industry blasts suggestion as harmful to the country. A conservation group that has succeeded in dealing recent legal setbacks to western Colorado coal mines called Thursday for a phase-out of federal coal leasing to help combat climate change. “It’s time for the Interior Department to shut it down,” Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program director for WildEarth Guardians, said in a news release. The group outlined a plan for ending the federal coal program over 10 to 25 years through a moratorium on leasing publicly owned coal, retiring existing leases that aren’t producing, honestly reporting the climate impacts of the...
  • Commercial start eyed for late 2016 on Texas carbon capture project

    08/07/2015 5:21:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | Aug 5, 2015 | Barry Cassell
    NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) said in its Aug. 4 quarterly Form 10-Q report that it and partners are aiming for a late-2016 commercial start-up of a seminal carbon capture facility (CCF) at NRG's coal-fired W.A. Parish power plant in Texas. In July 2014, NRG, through its wholly owned subsidiary Petra Nova Holdings LLC, sold 50% of its interest in Petra Nova Parish Holdings LLC to JX Nippon, a wholly owned subsidiary of JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp. As a result of the sale, NRG no longer has a controlling interest in and has deconsolidated Petra Nova Parish Holdings...
  • Obama's Energy Plan to Raise your Utility Rates

    08/05/2015 6:02:32 PM PDT · by Hombre Malevo · 13 replies
    Spero News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Martin Barillas
    As for political fallout, the seven states that derive at least 70 percent of their electric power from coal are solidly Republican in orientation. The cost borne by the various states because of the Obama plan will not be uniform. States ruled by Democrats, e.g. California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, will bear a lesser burden. States such as Colorado, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, where Democrats and Republicans battle to wrest control, will see their utility rates skyrocket since they each derive more than half their electricity from coal-fired plants. Coal producing states such as...
  • US carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low

    08/05/2015 2:44:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/5/15 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday. A big factor was the long-term shift from coal to cleaner and cheaper natural gas, said Energy Department economist Allen McFarland. Outside experts also credit more renewable fuel use and energy efficiency. Carbon dioxide — from the burning of coal, oil and gas — is the chief greenhouse gas responsible for man-made global warming. "While good news for the environment, we certainly would not want to assume that this trend will continue and that we can simply relax," said...
  • GROUSE GETTING BUSY! New Report Says Population Has Rebounded ( Colorado, NM ..)

    08/05/2015 2:13:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | August 5, 2015
    The sage grouse population has exploded in the last two years, growing by nearly two-thirds from more than 49,000 males in 2013 to more than 80,000 this year. ... This is encouraging news for the bird, and for the people whose lives would be turned upside down by the federal government if it still insists on listing the critter as an endangered species on the brink of extinction. The report considered the population across the bird’s 11-state habitat, with specific news on the growth in Colorado numbers ... The report falls on the heels of a gloom and doom forecast...
  • Crushing the Poor & Middle Class with the EPA

    08/05/2015 2:51:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 8/5/15 | Matthew Vadum
    President Obama is surreptitiously colluding with radical anti-growth environmentalists to force ideologically driven carbon-emission controls on the energy industry that will devastate the U.S. economy, congressional investigators have discovered. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drew up rules aimed at limiting carbon emissions from power-generation plants, "key stakeholders — including the American public — had little to no influence over the debate while powerful environmental activist groups were given unprecedented access to and influence over administration officials," the Washington Times reported yesterday. Collusion between the EPA and the green's isn't exactly breaking news. They've been doing it for years, but...
  • Report: Obama’s Climate Plan Will Shrink Coal Industry By 48 Percent Regulations to cost

    08/04/2015 2:44:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/4/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    President Barack Obama’s plan targeting coal-burning power plants will cost a quarter of a million jobs and shrink the coal industry by nearly half, according to a new report by the American Action Forum (AAF). The president released final regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, which require every state to meet strict emission standards for coal-burning power plants in the next 15 years. The so-called “Clean Power Plan” will cost the industry $8.4 billion, nearly 10 times more expensive than the most burdensome regulation released this year, according to AAF, a center-right think tank led by Douglas...
  • Solar Modules Cause More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Modern Coal Power Plants! (WTF)

    08/04/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    NotrickZone ^ | 3/25/3014 | P Gosselin
    It turns out that because of the emissions of extraordinarily potent greenhouse gases NF3 and SF6 and energy during the manufacture of solar modules, solar energy ends up being worse for the climate than burning coal (assuming the global warming hypothesis is valid). A Swiss engineer has made a thorough analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacture, transport and operation of solar panels. His conclusion: Ferrucio Ferroni writes here how China is the number 1 manufacturer of solar panels globally and that the production of solar panels there requires immense amounts of electricity, which in China is...
  • Happy Birthday Barry

    08/04/2015 6:37:39 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-4-2015 | MOTUS
    Happy Birthday Barry! Just 54 and you already have a legacy unlike any other American president in history! And I see you gave yourself a birthday present yesterday, with the swipe of your pen.Barry’s Big New Dump TrucksFinally, the end of the dirty coal era! If only your Mommy had let you play with trucks like other little boys, we might not be dealing with this now.Oh well, it is what it is, as they say. Anyway, I made you a special coal cupcake for your birthday.I wouldn’t eat it though, I’m not sure where it’s carbon footprint has been. You...
  • Another coal giant files for bankruptcy

    08/03/2015 9:30:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 8/3/2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Alpha Natural Resources has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. On Monday, a statement from the company said: "The Board of Directors of Alpha Natural Resources authorized the filing of the Chapter 11 cases to enhance the company's future as it weathers a historically challenged coal market." "The relief provided by Chapter 11 will allow the company to reorganize and emerge as a financially viable business that is better positioned to compete in dynamic energy markets." Bloomberg reported last Thursday the company had been planning to file today. The coal industry is in turmoil. Demand for natural gas is surging, and...
  • Cruz Statement on President Obama’s EPA Regulations

    08/03/2015 8:07:37 AM PDT · by Isara · 20 replies ^ | 08/03/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announced EPA regulations:“The President’s lawless and radical attempt to destabilize the Nation’s energy system is flatly unconstitutional and–unless it is invalidated by Congress, struck down by the courts, or rescinded by the next Administration–will cause Americans’ electricity costs to skyrocket at a time when we can least afford it. I urge leaders of both parties, including Democrats who represent communities that will be devastated by this reckless policy, to stand up against this Administration’s dangerous agenda of economic decline.”###
  • Obama poised to unveil major climate change plan [Poised to stamp out coal once and for all]

    08/03/2015 7:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington (AFP) - With one eye on his legacy, US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" in the fight against climate change. The White House will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and regulations that will home in on pollution from the nation's power plants, setting limits on power-plant carbon emissions for the first time. Plants will have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, in an ambitious drive which will boost the renewable-energy sector...
  • EPA Issues More Ambitious But Flexible Final Clean Power Plan

    08/03/2015 5:28:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Power ^ | 08/03/2015 | Sonal Patel
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final Clean Power Plan will seek to tamp down the nation’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030—about 9% more ambitious than its original proposal. The first-ever final national standards to limit CO2 from power plants, to be released today—”the biggest, most important step we’ve taken to address climate change,” said President Obama—give states more time develop and tailored plans. State plans are now due in September 2016, but states that need more time can make an initial submission and request extensions of up to two years...
  • Obama climate change plan to eliminate jobs, raise electric bills, analysts say

    08/02/2015 7:21:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/2/15 | Ben Wolfgang
    President Obama argues that his policies will result in cleaner air and will mitigate the effects of climate change, but unintended consequences of the administration’s environmental agenda seem all but certain — possibly even including higher mortality rates across the country, according to at least one scholar.Key pieces of Mr. Obama’s environmental plan, including proposals to increase ozone standards, limit carbon emissions from power plants and continue mandating more ethanol in U.S. gasoline supplies, will bring with them serious side effects in the coming months and years, critics and some analysts say.Those effects could include higher electricity rates and the...
  • Making environmentalism divisive

    08/02/2015 4:02:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | August 1, 2015 | Salena Zito
    ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia mines that their jobs were eliminated. In Ohio, 249 Murray jobs were gone; nearly 170 employees were out of work in Illinois. The announcement wasn't an isolated one. Mines are being boarded up and thousands of coal jobs are vanishing across America, in part because of competition from abundant natural gas but in larger part because of new federal regulations limiting carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. One month later, Murray...
  • Black Holes and Other Mathematical “Zeros”

    08/02/2015 6:07:13 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-2-2015 | MOTUS
    I guess Barry didn’t have time to read my post yesterday about Global-Climate-Warming-Change being a hoax. Tomorrow he’s planning to go ahead and lower the boom on coal plants (just like he promised) with yet another historic stroke of his pen: The EPA will require a 32% reduction in the emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels—a move the Obama administration describes as a “historic action” to combat climate change but one critics are likely to argue is both costly and untenable.President Barack Obama will announce the regulations, the cornerstone of his environmental agenda, at a White House event Monday, where...
  • EPA Scrambles To Save Its Global Warming Rule From Defeat

    07/31/2015 1:33:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2015 17:16 UTC | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA may be making some major changes to its carbon dioxide emissions regulatory scheme, the details of which have been leaked to the media just days ahead of its expected release date. The EPA will be getting rid of its energy efficiency building block of its Clean Power Plan over legal concerns the agency was overstepping its bounds by controlling how efficiently people used their electricity, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also reported the Clean Power Plan will encourage nuclear power production. An EPA spokeswoman would not confirm the reported changes to the rule as it has...
  • Community convenes for Colowyo ( Coal mining & electric power Jobs: Colorado )

    07/31/2015 1:03:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Steamboat Today ^ | July 31, 2015 | Patrick Kelly
    Craig community leaders hosted a meeting Thursday at Moffat County High School to provide a brief update on the situation at Colowyo Coal Mine, answer questions and facilitate public comment on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s environmental assessment. Ray Beck, Craig mayor, opened the gathering by telling the audience about the economic significance of Colowyo mine’s 220 jobs to Craig and Northwest Colorado. “This is not the time to slow down,” Beck said, emphasizing the importance of community feedback on the development of the mine’s new environmental assessment. When the OMSRE’s recommendation to approve mining plans for...
  • EU tries again for compromise on deal to phase out coal aid

    07/27/2015 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:55am EDT | Barbara Lewis
    EU bosses are pushing to resolve a clash between industry and environmental policy with a new strategy to phase out funding to export coal technology to developing nations, ahead of a meeting of leading economic powers on the issue. The European Commission, the EU executive, urges tougher rules on when subsidies, known as coal export credits, can be used in a paper seen by Reuters, ahead of interim talks this week. Political pressure is growing to reach agreement on restricting the coal subsidies before United Nations climate change talks in Paris at the end of the year. But opposition is...
  • Furious Coal CEO Lets It All Out: "Obama Is Nation's Great Destroyer"

    07/26/2015 8:38:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/26/15 | Tyler Durden
    "Currently, the coal industry accounts for 7% of the gross business product of the state, but our industry pays 60% of the business taxes in West Virginia," Murray said. "Oil and gas producers are not taxed to this extent. Relief must be given to the coal industry as our coal cannot compete with that from other states, all of which have lower coal severance taxes, or none at all."
  • Eco-Imperialism Joins Vulture Environmentalism

    03/21/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Paul Drissen
    Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s choice to replace Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chastised for having lied to Congress, in claiming that EPA did not use “dangerous manmade climate change” to justify new 54.5 mpg standards for cars and light trucks. She’s also been implicated in the agency’s practice of using fake emails to hide questionable dealings and activities. These issues highlight attitudes toward ethics, law and public policy that prevail at EPA and too many other government agencies. However, that attention should not distract from other important matters. Ms. McCarthy may be the worst of the...
  • WildEarth Guardians' natural habitat is a courtroom ( NM & Colorado )

    07/23/2015 7:16:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Craig Daily Press ^ | July 21, 2015 | Patrick Kelly
    Though a relatively small organization with only 26 people on staff, WildEarth Guardians’ litigious nature has established the environmental advocacy group as a dominant voice in the national debate about environmental policy. From 2010 to present, Guardians have initiated a total of 152 cases in federal district courts and 55 in the Circuit Court of Appeals for a total of 207 cases. In 2010 alone they filed 61 claims — an average of about one per week. However, Guardians’ pervasiveness in the courts has not gone without criticism. In a 2012 analysis of WildEarth Guardians' legal activity, the conservative group...
  • Al Gore: Obama's Arctic Drilling Plan 'Is Insane'

    07/17/2015 11:08:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17 | Nick Gass
    Former Vice President Al Gore offered up some rare criticism of President Barack Obama’s environmental policy in a recent interview, calling for a ban on all Arctic drilling and blasting the administration’s decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to begin sinking exploratory wells in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea in the Arctic as “insane.” “I think that in his second term, he has done really quite a good job,” Gore said in an interview with The Guardian published Thursday. “Of course there are things I would change. I think Arctic drilling is insane. I think that countries around the world would...