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  • Blackhawk Mining announces closure of facilities in southern West Virginia

    10/09/2019 6:49:45 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 21 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | October 8, 2019 | Jake Flatley
    LOGAN, W.Va. — Three underground coal mines and two preparation plants in Logan and Mingo counties have been idled by Kentucky based company Blackhawk Mining and its subsidiaries. Blackhawk announced Tuesday afternoon saying the affected operations are the Washington Underground Mine, Muddy Bridge Underground Mine, Buffalo Underground Mine, Fanco Preparation Plant and Loadout in Logan County and Mingo 1 Preparation Plant and Mingo 2 Scaggs Loadout in Mingo County. “It’s sad and it’s disturbing,” Bill Raney, the President of the West Virginia Coal Association told MetroNews of his reaction to the news. “It’s just a matter that the coal market...
  • Co. gets permit to build coal-to-liquid-facility in Mason County; more than 250 jobs (W.Virginia)

    10/05/2019 9:58:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WTAP-TV ^ | September 13, 2019
    A company now has the construction permit to build a "state-of-the-art" coal-to-liquids facility in Mason County, creating more than 250 jobs. According to a news release from Domestic Synthetic Fuels, the company received a permit from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to build the facility near Point Pleasant. DSF officials said it will take thousands of workers to build the facility. After construction, the plant will create 130 jobs on-site and 130 coal- mining jobs to supply the raw materials. "This will have a tremendous economic impact on our county," said John Musgrave, executive director of the Mason...
  • Doubling State’s 1,100 Wind Turbines Won’t Replace This One Coal/Gas Plant ( Michigan)

    09/29/2019 6:34:48 AM PDT · by cutty · 39 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | Sept. 23, 2019 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan’s electric utilities gamble that the reliability of service won’t collapse. Consumers Energy would have to double the number of wind turbines currently operating in this state to replace the electricity produced by just one of the coal- and gas-fired power plants it intends to close as part of its plans to rely more on renewable sources. The problem, however, is that those additional turbines only spin about one-third of the time, leaving a big energy gap for the households and businesses that rely on the company for their electricity. .. regulated utilities and their vendors operate 1,107 industrial wind...
  • Electrical power in Australia — from success to failure: The consequences of the war on coal and gas

    09/23/2019 8:08:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/22/2019 | Viv Forbes
    Our grandfathers built a low-cost reliable decentralized electricity supply for all states of Australia based mainly on black and brown coalfields — Blair Athol, Callide, Ipswich, Sydney/Newcastle, Yallourn, Leigh Creek, and Collie. Then our fathers built the mighty Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric scheme, which provided water to irrigate the inland while generating electricity to help pay for it. In the years up to 1980, huge new coal-fired power plants were constructed in each state. We discovered oil and gas in Roma, Bass Strait, Barrow Island, Timor Sea, and in coal and shale in many places. Coal and hydro gave Australia reliable...
  • Biden Repeats Hillary Clinton’s Biggest Campaign Mistake During CNN Climate Town Hall

    09/06/2019 7:17:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 5, 2019 | Amber Athey, White House Correspondent
    Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren offered proposals during Wednesday’s climate change town hall on CNN that mirrored what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described as her biggest mistake during her 2016 campaign. Biden and Warren both attacked coal mining and fossil fuels during the 7-hour long forum, suggesting that eliminating one of the largest sources of energy in the United States would substantially help the environment. “We’ve got to shut down” all coal-fueled power plants, Biden asserted during his portion of the town hall.
  • Warren to Utility Companies Using Carbon-Based Fuel: ‘Sorry Guys, by 2035, You’re Done’

    09/05/2019 6:28:49 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/04/2019 | Hannah Bleau
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) declined to go as far as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in calling for the public ownership of utilities during CNN’s climate change town hall Wednesday evening, but she said she will tell utility companies that use carbon-based fuel that they are “done” by 2035. “Bernie Sanders has endorsed the idea of the public ownership of utilities, arguing that we can’t adequately solve this crisis without removing the profit motive from the distribution of essential needs like energy,” an attendee said. “As president, would you be willing to call out capitalism in this way and advocate for...
  • Renewable Energy Hits the Wall

    08/17/2019 7:13:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2019 | Norman Rogers
    If the official definitions of renewable energy were logical, renewable energy would be defined as energy that does not emit CO2 and that is not using a resource in danger of running out anytime soon. But the definitions written into the laws of many states are not logical. Hydroelectric energy is mostly banned because the environmental movement hates dams. Nuclear is banned ... Both nuclear and hydro don't emit CO2. Hydro doesn't need fuel. Nuclear fuel is cheap and plentiful. A large number of prominent global warming activists, such as James Hansen, Michael Shellenberger, and Stewart Brand have declared that...
  • Speaking of the farm economy, how will farmers farm or get their products to market without fuel?

    08/10/2019 4:13:32 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    vanity | by Jim Robinson
    Been listening to the democrats and the talking heads for the last few days worrying about the China trade negotiations and tariffs hurting the Iowa farm economy, especially soybeans for export to China. Well, with every democrat running--including Biden--promising to eliminate coal, gas & oil if elected, I'm wondering how they expect the farmers to farm or get their products to market without fuel? Without tractors? Without farm equipment? Without trucks? Trains? Ships? Obviously, eliminating coal, gas & oil would devastate the coal, gas & oil producing states, but also the states that depend upon abundant supplies of coal generated...
  • Miner protests continue into second day in Harlan County [KY]

    07/30/2019 8:15:07 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 21 replies
    WSAZ NewsChannel3 ^ | July 30, 2019 | WYMT Staff
    HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - More than 20 miners and their families camped out on the train tracks near Cumberland Monday night to make sure none of the coal loaded on the trains coming from the mine in Cloverlick was able to get in or out. Blackjewel miners are confused and frustrated as they try to find out why a train is carrying coal away from a mine in Harlan County. Some chose to take it into their own hands by standing on the tracks to keep the train from leaving. Miners have one clear message: Pay them for what...
  • Wind is outpacing coal as a power source in Texas for the first time

    07/25/2019 8:00:33 PM PDT · by cba123 · 54 replies
    CNN (I know, but it is interesting) ^ | CNN 4 hrs ago | By Ryan Prior
    Wind power has surpassed coal for the first time in Texas, according to a new report. The numbers cap an enormous rise in wind power in the nation's top energy-producing state over the past decades. Wind has generated 22% of the state's electrical needs this year. It just edged out coal, which provided 21% of the Lone Star State's power, according to the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas, which manages electrical flow on about 90% of the Texan grid. Sixteen years ago, in 2003, wind made up just 0.8% of the state's power, and coal satisfied 40% of electrical needs,...
  • 'Our paychecks bounced': US workers in limbo as coalmines suddenly close

    07/23/2019 2:41:11 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 22, 2019 | Michael Sainato
    On 1 July, Missy Cole was notified by her bank that her husband’s most recent paycheck had bounced, leaving their account more than $1,000 in the red. Her husband had worked as a coalminer for nearly three years at one of the eastern Kentucky mines operated by Revelation Energy affiliate Blackjewel mining. But both companies had filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, a financial move that has implications far beyond just laying off staff as the ex-workers now wait for bankruptcy proceedings to play out. Critics say the move is a ploy increasingly used in the struggling industry to avoid paying workers what...
  • Revealed: Tom Steyer’s Firm Funded Coal Plants in Australia, China, and Indonesia

    07/17/2019 7:04:20 PM PDT · by eyeamok · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/17/2019 | Robert Kraychik
    Under Steyer’s watch, Farallon Capital invested in coal plants in China, Indonesia, even Australia, where a newly constructed plant in New South Wales is expected to churn out coal for the next 30 years. The mine’s 2014 groundbreaking, which occurred in an Australian state forest, inspired a veteran to stand in front of a bulldozer and a music teacher to chain himself to a piece of excavation equipment. All told, the coal mines increased their production by more than 70 million tons of coal since getting investment from Steyer. As the New York Times noted, that’s more than Britain consumes...
  • Big Government Is Not the Answer to Climate Change

    07/09/2019 2:44:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 8, 2019 | Nicolas Loris
    In the 1970s, Americans were told we were in a global cooling crisis and if something wasn’t done, we’d enter a new ice age. When that didn’t happen, a few decades later we were told that entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend was not reversed by the year 2000. Despite the consistent failure of these apocalyptic warnings, that hasn’t stopped climate change alarmism. We’re now being told we only have 12 years to combat climate change, and the solution is to fundamentally dismantle the system of...
  • Trump mocks 'crazed & stumbling lunatic' Tom Steyer, after billionaire rips president's rhetoric

    10/28/2018 3:59:28 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 28, 2018
    President Trump derided rival billionaire Tom Steyer as a "wacky" and "crazed & stumbling lunatic" on Sunday, after Steyer -- who was one of the prominent liberals to receive a threatening suspicious package last week -- said he "absolutely was blaming" Trump for creating an atmosphere in which "anything can bubble up, and anything is bubbling up." Steyer fired back quickly, writing that Trump's comment was "unthinkable ... in the midst of the horrible political violence." The Twitter conflagration erupted after Steyer's wide-ranging interview with CNN's "State of the Union," in which the hedge fund manager called Trump "corrupt," and...
  • Billionaire coal magnate among 7 Americans killed in helicopter crash

    07/05/2019 7:30:25 AM PDT · by CondorFlight · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 5, 2019
    A billionaire West Virginia coal tycoon was among seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash off the coast of the Bahamas on Thursday evening, according to local officials and reports. Chris Cline, 61, a former coal miner who turned his Foresight Energy company into a billion-dollar operation in 2015, was killed in the crash at about 5 p.m. local time, the Palm Beach Post reported.
  • Coal baron Cline among seven dead in Bahamas helicopter crash: media

    07/04/2019 10:09:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    reuters ^ | 07/04/2019
    West Virginia Governor Jim Justice confirmed Cline’s death on Twitter but offered no details on how it happened. “Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend. Our families go back to the beginning of the Cline empire - Pioneer Fuel. Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. What a wonderful, loving, and giving man,” Justice said. “Cathy and I are praying for his family and all those involved in this tragedy,” Justice said. Cline died the day before his 62nd birthday and was a native of Beckley, West...
  • Coal-state Dem slams Bloomberg over climate initiative

    06/11/2019 6:47:02 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 11 replies
    fox ^ | 06/11/2019 | Adam Shaw
    Centrist Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Monday blasted former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to shut down all coal plants in the U.S. in 11 years -- saying it would “devastate” communities in his state.
  • In coal we trust: Australia's voters back PM Morrison's faith in fossil fuel [barf]

    05/19/2019 9:10:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 19, 2019 3:37 AM | Sonali Paul
    Australia’s re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison once brandished a lump of coal in parliament, crying, “This is coal — don’t be afraid!” His surprise win in what some dubbed the “climate election” may have stunned the country, but voters should know what comes next in energy policy — big coal. Battered by extended droughts, damaging floods, and more bush fires, Australian voters had been expected to hand a mandate to the Labor Party to pursue its ambitious targets for renewable energy and carbon emissions cuts. Instead, Saturday’s election left them on course to re-elect the Liberal-led center-right coalition headed by...
  • North Korean ship used to transport coal is seized over sanctions violation, US announces

    05/09/2019 11:28:38 AM PDT · by NRx · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05-09-2019 | Katherine Lam
    A North Korean cargo vessel used to transport coal was seized in violation of international sanctions against the rogue regime, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday, just hours after the hermit kingdom fired two suspected short-range missiles. The 17,061-ton vessel, called the Wise Honest, is one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and deliver heavy machinery to the Hermit Kingdom, officials said. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said this is the first time a North Korean cargo ship was seized for violating international sanctions. “This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,” Assistant...
  • Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

    05/01/2019 2:49:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/26/2019 | By ERIK KIRSCHBAUM
    Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday. The announcement marked a significant shift for Europe’s largest country — a nation that had long been a leader on cutting CO2 emissions before turning into a laggard in recent years and badly missing its reduction targets. Coal plants account for 40% of Germany’s electricity, itself a reduction from recent years when coal dominated power production. “This is an historic...