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  • Supreme Court Keeps Coal Alive…For Now

    02/11/2016 3:23:42 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11-02-2016 | BArny
    The coal mining industry is in trouble and the Supreme Court holds the industries fate in its hands. Coal has been suffering for years under the dual attack of environmentalists and low natural gas prices. Environmentalists have been pushing utility companies to stop using coal, while low natural gas prices have led many utilities to switch to that cleaner burning and now cheaper fuel as a power source. In an effort to please environmentalist supporters after his election to a second term, the Obama Administration put in place what might be a death sentence for coal mining east of the...
  • Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

    02/09/2016 3:41:40 PM PST · by CedarDave · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 9, 2016 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration's Clean Power Plan. The move means the regulations will not be in effect while litigation continues over whether their legality.
  • Low gas prices signal economic downturn elsewhere

    02/08/2016 10:41:41 PM PST · by george76 · 64 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | February 08, 2016 | Laura Thoren
    Gas prices in Chicago are still falling, but the price at the pump is having a negative impact on the economy. ... as the cost to fill up your tank goes down, could this also be a sign -- the economy is tanking? Commodities trader Scott Shellady thinks so. "It's bad for everybody. We are going to lose one-fifth of the jobs we created in 2008," said Shellady. And he doesn't expect a market rebound anytime soon. So if you were hoping to cash in your 401K or IRA and retire in the next year, Shellady says, rethink your plans....
  • America's Power Plant Problem

    02/03/2016 5:27:00 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | FEB 1, 2016 | DANIEL J. MCGRAW
    More than 200 out of the 523 coal-fired power plants that were in operation five years ago are now closed or slated for closure. What should we do with them? The English Station coal-fired power plant sits on eight acres of land on Ball Island, a large chunk of property that nearly stretches from riverbank to riverbank in the middle of the Mill River in New Haven, Connecticut. The plant takes up pretty much the entire island, an old albatross of the industrial era surrounded by a chain link fence topped with razor wire. Though the plant stopped producing electricity...
  • [Liz] Cheney runs for Wyoming's US House seat, to announce Monday

    01/30/2016 11:30:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 2:18 PM EST | Mead Gruver
    The elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is running for Congress, following up a failed U.S. Senate campaign two years ago with another attempt to woo voters in a state where she has been a full-time resident for only a few years. Liz Cheney filed federal election documents Friday showing she's running for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Campaign officials said she plans to formally announce Monday in Gillette, a northeastern Wyoming town hit hard by a downturn in the coal industry. Her plans suggest she will base her campaign on fears that the...
  • Coal executive demands tax break for industry in free fall

    01/27/2016 4:35:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 5:36 PM EST | Jonathan Mattisse
    The chief executive of one of the nation's largest coal producers, Murray Energy, made an emotional call Wednesday for steep cuts in state mining taxes to support an industry in free fall. Raising his voice frequently during a 38-minute speech, Robert Murray blasted politicians for "platitudes and lip service" as the coal industry sheds thousands of jobs and producers go bankrupt. He called on state leaders to drop the coal severance tax from 5 to 2 percent, saying coal has paid more than its fair share to West Virginia already. "These government officials can no longer say that they support...
  • Britain Faces Energy Crisis, Engineers Warn – Green Isn’t Working(WHAT!)

    01/26/2016 11:11:58 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 1/26/2016 | Anthony Watts
    Energy bills will soar as green policies shut coal-fired power stations and cause an "electricity supply crisis", experts say. Prices will be forced up as the UK has to import more power, according to a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers today. -Craig Woodhouse, The Sun, 26 January 2016
  • Sparks fly in debate over North Fork coal mining ( Jobs & Energy: Colorado )

    01/25/2016 8:57:07 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 24, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    Environmental organizations that offered more than 150,000 comments calling on the U.S. Forest Service to reject an agreement to allow additional mining in the North Fork area said the response demonstrated strong public opposition. More like "stuffing the ballot box," said an industry spokesman who noted that the environmental opposition would undermine a bargain fashioned over five years of talks. The Forest Service proposes reinstating the North Fork coal-mining exception to the Colorado Roadless Rule. The exception would allow Arch Coal to extend the West Elk Mine near Somerset below the roadless area. The roadless exemption would allow construction of...
  • State officials say Oregon energy bill would boost rates, wouldn't cut emissions

    01/18/2016 12:18:42 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    The Oregonian/OregonLive ^ | January 16, 2016 | Ted Sickinger
    State utility regulators have expressed deep reservations to Gov. Kate Brown about a proposed bill that would fundamentally restructure Oregon's energy supply by 2040, eliminating coal-fired power and forcing utilities to serve half their customers' demand with renewable power. Commissioners and staff at the Oregon Public Utility Commission believe the bill would increase electricity costs and shift risk from utilities to ratepayers. They also say it wouldn't actually reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to communications released to The Oregonian/OregonLive in response to a public records request. The commissioners prepared those talking points to respond to the media and legislator calls...
  • GOP on Obama's Coal Move: Attacks Middle-Class Jobs and Punishes the Poor(Is this even legal?)

    01/16/2016 6:03:53 AM PST · by doldrumsforgop · 9 replies
    newsmax ^ | 1/15/16 | t beamon
    The Obama administration decision Friday to halt new coal leases on federal lands amid a program overhaul only "attacks middle-class jobs and punishes the poor," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "At a time when Americans are calling on the Obama administration to protect our nation and strengthen the middle class, the administration is again making clear that its priorities are elsewhere," McConnell said. The six-term Kentucky Republican was among many GOP legislators who attacked the administration's decision Nearly 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States comes from federal lands — primarily Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and...
  • In Climate Move, Obama to Halt New Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands

    01/15/2016 7:06:46 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 14, 2016 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will announce on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction, according to an administration official. The move would represent a significant setback for the coal industry, effectively freezing new coal production on federal lands and sending a signal to energy markets that could turn investors away from an already flailing industry. President Obama telegraphed the step in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, saying, "I'm going...
  • Coal Ash Is [100 times] More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste

    01/14/2016 5:04:56 PM PST · by grundle · 64 replies
    Scientific American ^ | December 13, 2007 | Mara Hvistendahl
    In fact, the fly ash emitted by a power plant - a by-product from burning coal for electricity - carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.
  • PETA Pushes Tesla to Offer Vegan Interior on Model X SUV

    01/14/2016 2:47:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/14 | Tamara Palmer
    A kinder, gentler car has debuted in Palo Alto. Tesla Motors has made vegan interiors (seats, steering wheels and gear shifts) an option on its new, falcon-winged electric Model X SUV thanks to the urging of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a company shareholder. "By offering a 100 percent leather-free car, Tesla is pushing its eco-friendly business even further into the future," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement. "PETA can now point to Tesla as a source for top-quality vehicles whose cruelty-free seats are as kind to the environment as its engines are." New...
  • How the EPA may force Wisconsin onto more nuclear power

    01/14/2016 11:43:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    This seems to be the law of unintended consequences coming home to roost in Wisconsin for both the EPA and the environmental lobby in the Badger State and it’s hard to suppress a bit of a smile over it. New EPA regulations and the relentless attacks on the coal industry have led to the state needing to make some adjustments in how they produce their power. That probably sounded like a big win for the Green lobby until legislators took a look at their available options and determined that they might have no choice but to put in some more...
  • Obama: Companies should face higher charges for drilling on federal land

    01/13/2016 7:03:09 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 13, 2016 | Associated Press
    President Barack Obama signaled in his final State of the Union address Tuesday night that fossil fuel companies could face higher charges when mining on federal lands. Obama said that he's going to push to change the way the federal government manages its oil and coal resources to better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and the planet.
  • U.S Solar Jobs Boom While Oil, Coal Struggle (How the Feds pick winners and losers)

    01/13/2016 6:16:54 AM PST · by doldrumsforgop · 19 replies
    fortune ^ | 1/12/16 | k fehrenbacher
    More Americans are now installing solar panels on building rooftops than mining coal or extracting oil and gas, according to a report released Tuesday by the non-profit solar advocacy group The Solar Foundation. The shift is a profound one that highlights how U.S. clean energy, both solar and wind, have emerged as large and rapidly growing sectors. It also shows how many traditional fossil fuel industries like coal and oil have struggled to expand in recent years. The U.S. solar industry grew dramatically in 2015, and is expected to continue to do so this year. The industry now employs 209,000...
  • The Carnage in Coal Country

    01/12/2016 5:05:09 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 11, 2016 | WSJ
    Arch Coal filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday, continuing an industry collapse that includes the bankruptcies of Patriot Coal, Walter Energy and Alpha Natural Resources. The White House must be cheering, because this is one Obama energy policy that seems to be working. As President Obama prepares to deliver his final State of the Union address Tuesday, we wonder if he'll take pride in the damage his policies have done to the coal industry. According to the National Mining Association, 40,000 coal jobs have been lost in the U.S. since 2008. The wealth destruction has been equally dramatic. Peabody...
  • Why West Virginia’s School Children Need Coal: The Jacki Daily Show!

    01/11/2016 3:14:56 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 4 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 1/6/2016 | The Jacki Daily Show
    Why West Virginia’s School Children Need Coal WV’s former Secretary of Tax and Revenue, Rob Capehart, explains the importance of coal to the state’s budget. Coal companies, and the utilities they support, pay almost 2/3 of business taxes in the state. What will the War on Coal do to WV?
  • Arch Coal files for bankruptcy protection

    01/11/2016 11:58:44 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 35 replies
    star tribune ^ | 11 Jan 2016 | Benjamin.Storrow
    Arch Coal, the second largest coal company in America and the operator of the Black Thunder mine near Wright, filed for bankruptcy Monday. Arch was also the third largest taxpayer in Wyoming during 2014 when the company paid $1.1 billion in taxes.
  • Environmentalists file intent to sue federal agencies over power plant ( Four Corners )

    12/25/2015 11:05:31 AM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | December 24, 2015 | Jonathan Romeo
    Groups question keeping Four Corners Power Plant open for 25 more years. A coalition of environmental groups has filed a notice of intent to sue the Office of Surface Mining, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others over a July decision to allow the Four Corners Power Plant to operate through 2041. A coalition of environmental groups announced earlier this week its intent to take legal action against several federal agencies for extending operations at the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine just outside Farmington. On Dec. 21, San Juan Citizen Alliance, among other regional and national conservation groups,...
  • My Conspiracy Theory On Oil

    12/23/2015 6:00:07 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 20 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 12-23-15 | Bill Gunderson
    Summary I calculate that plunging oil prices took about $8-10 per share out of S&P 500 earnings in 2015. It was also the biggest cause in the leveling off in the S&P 500 earnings in 2015. There is really nothing wrong with demand for oil. It is a supply issue. Until somebody flinches on production, oil is going to continue drop. After a leveling off of S&P 500 earnings in 2015, analysts are looking for about 8% growth in 2016. This obviously would be very bullish the U.S. stock market if they are right. My Conspiracy Theory on Oil The...
  • Climate change shock: Burning fossil fuels 'COOLS planet', says NASA

    12/21/2015 7:02:17 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 51 replies
    Express UK ^ | December 21, 2015 | By JON AUSTIN
    BURNING fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found. Major theories about what causes temperatures to rise have been thrown into doubt after NASA found the Earth has cooled in areas of heavy industrialization where more trees have been lost and more fossil fuel burning takes place. Environmentalists have long argued the burning of fossil fuels in power stations and for other uses is responsible for global warming and predicted temperature increases because of the high levels of carbon dioxide produced - which causes the global greenhouse effect. While the findings did...
  • The Paris agreement is another false ‘turning point’ on the climate (George Will, and witty)

    12/17/2015 9:31:10 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2015 | George Will
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  • Tokyo set to OK building of efficient coal power plants

    12/17/2015 4:45:54 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | December 17, 2015 | Nikkei
    Japan will likely allow construction of new efficient coal-fired power plants to continue, even as it aims to reduce the fuel's contribution to its energy mix and cut overall emissions. The government has outlined regulations on fossil-fuel-based power generation, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, in the wake of United Nations climate talks that ended in Paris last week. Japan said at the meeting that it intends to cap coal's contribution to its energy mix at 26% by 2030. Under the new framework agreed to in Paris, nations are required to draw up voluntary targets for measures to fight...
  • New Belgium beer & Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Support WildEarth Guardians (the Anti-Coal Crowd)

    12/16/2015 8:23:54 AM PST · by Stayfree · 11 replies
    Free Republic ^ | December 16, 2015 | Self
    FORT COLLINS - New Belgium Brewing has joined forces with Ben & Jerry's to donate $100,000 to a California-based nonprofit that works to mobilize the snow-sports community to battle climate change. The two "B-corp" companies, Fort Collins-based New Belgium and South Burlington, Vt.-based Ben & Jerry's, partnered to create a special beer and ice cream, with a portion of their proceeds going to Pacific Palisades, Calif.-based Protect Our Winters. The companies presented the check to POW on Friday during a celebration at Stoney's Bar and Grill in Denver. ... In addition to fundraising for POW, the campaign encouraged people to...
  • New Belgium, Ben & Jerry’s donate $100K to fight climate change ( Colorado )

    12/16/2015 8:09:10 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    BizWest ^ | December 15, 2015 | Dallas Heltzell
    FORT COLLINS - New Belgium Brewing has joined forces with Ben & Jerry's to donate $100,000 to a California-based nonprofit that works to mobilize the snow-sports community to battle climate change. The two "B-corp" companies, Fort Collins-based New Belgium and South Burlington, Vt.-based Ben & Jerry's, partnered to create a special beer and ice cream, with a portion of their proceeds going to Pacific Palisades, Calif.-based Protect Our Winters. The companies presented the check to POW on Friday during a celebration at Stoney's Bar and Grill in Denver. ... In addition to fundraising for POW, the campaign encouraged people to...
  • Japan, S Korea plan 61 new coal plants in next 10 years, despite global climate deal

    12/15/2015 6:54:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Sabah ^ | December 14, 2015 | Reuters
    Less than a week since signing the global climate deal in Paris, Japan and South Korea are pressing ahead with plans to open scores of new coal-fired power plants, casting doubt on the strength of their commitment to cutting CO2 emissions. Even as many of the world's rich nations seek to phase out the use of coal, Asia's two most developed economies are burning more than ever and plan to add at least 60 new coal-fired power plants over the next 10 years. Officials at both countries' energy ministries said those plans were unchanged....
  • Santa Baby, Bring Me Coal

    12/14/2015 5:44:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    I want coal for Christmas, and not because I've been a naughty girl. I want coal so I can affordably power up the high-tech toys Santa is bringing me, including an electronic butler who cleans and cooks and a modern, coal-fired steam locomotive that will allow me to bypass the TSA Snooper Troopers when I travel cross-country. OK, so Santa probably won't be sending a full-size coal-fired train down my chimney. But, like many of you, I may receive small electronics as gifts. As millions of us ring in the New Year by adding new gadgets to the power grid,...
  • Coal industry could leave U.S. taxpayers with major bill

    12/09/2015 10:54:36 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-9-15 | Patrick Rucker
    WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - U.S. taxpayers could be left with multibillion-dollar liabilities if large coal companies are pushed to bankruptcy, the Interior Department Secretary said on Wednesday. At issue is a practice known as self-bonding, allowed under a decades-old mining program, in which some of the country's biggest coal companies forego insurance on a portion of future mine cleanup costs.
  • Former Massey Energy C.E.O. Guilty in Deadly Coal Mine Blast

    12/03/2015 12:31:52 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/3/15 | By ALAN BLINDER
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Donald L. Blankenship, a titan of the nation’s coal industry whose approach to business was scrutinized and scorned after 29 workers were killed at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010, was convicted Thursday of a federal charge of conspiring to violate mine safety standards, part of a case that emerged after the accident, the deadliest in mining in the United States
  • Suzuki, Slavery, and Fossil Fuels

    12/01/2015 1:16:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Calvin Beisner
    In a recent interview, Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki compared the fossil fuel industry with American Southern slavery. That's very powerful rhetoric, but it's a completely false analogy. The slave economy involved a clear cause-and-effect relationship between behavior that is morally reprehensible in principle kidnapping and enslaving people and unambiguous harm to the victims, including captivity, family separation, frequent beatings, back-breaking labor without reward, and unsanitary living conditions. The fossil fuel energy economy is nothing like that. What's the difference? First, the basic behavior of mining coal, oil, and natural gas and extracting energy from them to meet people’s needs is...
  • Radio ads hit Iowa: 'Politicians like Ted Cruz are the worst kind'

    12/01/2015 12:52:20 PM PST · by springwater13 · 76 replies
    Ted Cruz is under attack. The Texas senator's rise in Iowa presidential surveys has attracted criticism from all sides. America's Renewable Future, a bipartisan political group with the support of ethanol and agricultural industry workers, unleashed new digital and radio ads attacking Cruz in Iowa. The senator's opposition to ethanol mandates has drawn the ire of ARF, whose ads claim that Cruz's policy proposals "threaten rural Iowa and thousands of jobs." "Politicians like Ted Cruz are the worst kind: Hypocrites," the ad says. "There are millions of reasons Ted Cruz supports Big Oil instead of Iowa farmers. Call politician Ted...
  • Obama’s Appalachian Tragedy

    12/01/2015 4:40:52 AM PST · by thackney · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 30, 2015 | PAUL H. TICE
    ...The latest touchstone of liberal policy, the regulation of greenhouse-gas emissions, is causing economic destruction and pushing poverty higher in the Appalachians. But those backing the climate-change agenda are doing their best to keep this reality hidden from the public. Since 2012, 27 coal-mining companies with core operations in Central Appalachia, a region roughly centered in southern West Virginia, have filed for bankruptcy protection. The list includes a number of large-cap, publicly traded entities, such as Alpha Natural Resources, James River Coal and Patriot Coal. Production of coal in southern West Virginia declined by 45% between the first half of...
  • India opposes deal to phase out fossil fuels by 2100 at climate summit

    11/30/2015 4:10:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 November 2014 | Rupak De Chowdhuri
    India would reject a deal to combat climate change that includes a pledge for the world to wean itself off fossil fuels this century, a senior official said, underlying the difficulties countries face in agreeing how to slow global warming. Almost 200 nations will meet in the French capital on Nov. 30 to try and seal a deal to prevent the planet from warming more than the 2 degrees Celsius that scientists say is vital if the world is to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. To keep warming in check, some countries want the Paris agreement to...
  • Colorado’s skyrocketing electricity prices could get much worse

    11/26/2015 7:59:46 PM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | November 24, 2015 | michael
    The cost of electricity for Colorado residents skyrocketed 63 percent between 2001 and 2014, far outpacing median income in the state at just 24 percent over the same time period ... Retail residential electricity rates increased from 7.47 cents per kilowatthour in 2001 to 12.18 cents per kilowatthour by 2014, a 63.1 percent hike. Coloradans median income, however, went up just 24.1 percent, from $49,397 to $61,303. Median income in Colorado actually declined between 2008 and 2012. ... Not to mention the state's many business owners, including small business owners, who face the same hikes in energy costs that could...
  • UK to Close All Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2025

    11/19/2015 5:08:30 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 11/18/2015 | Aaron Larson
    In a major speech setting out the future direction of the UK's energy policy, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd announced plans to restrict the use of the country's coal-fired power stations by 2023 and close all of the facilities by 2025. "Frankly, it cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK to be relying on polluting, carbon intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations," Rudd said while speaking in London before the Institution of Civil Engineers. "We need to build a new energy infrastructure, fit for the 21st century." Rudd said that even with huge growth in its...
  • Berlin props up coal with €3 billion in subsidies

    11/13/2015 8:32:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Nov 2015 11:00 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    A new report reveals that Germany is subsidizing coal with more than 3 billion in public funds a year, even given the country's commitment to cutting carbon emissions. EU states are subsidizing climate-harming coal to the tune of 10 billion ($10.7 billion) a year, according to a German study due to be released next week. In Germany alone, the coal sector receives 3.7 billion of public money annually, according to the study by think tank the Heinrich Boell Foundation and environmental group Friends of the Earth, which gave excerpts to AFP. ...
  • Railroads Hit By Falling Oil And Coal Production

    11/12/2015 3:02:20 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 5 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 12-11-2015 | Thomas The Tank
    According to the Association of American Railroads shows that rail traffic continues to slow down, as shipments of a range of commodities are sharply lower from a year ago. New data shows fewer shipped cargoes of coal, grain, metals, and oil across the United States in early November. For example, coal shipments are down 9.7 percent year-to-date compared to the same period in 2014. Cargoes of oil and other petroleum products are also down 7.7 percent over the same timeframe. For coal, the slowdown is due to dramatic fall off in coal production. As more and more coal plants are...
  • EPA seeks to block chief's deposition in coal lawsuit

    11/11/2015 11:25:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 11, 2015 | Devin Henry
    The Environmental Protection Agency is working to block a deposition for administrator Gina McCarthy as part of a coal industry lawsuit. In a Tuesday court filing, the EPA asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to block a scheduled deposition in a case brought against the agency by coal giant Murray Energy Corp. Murray has sued the EPA over its rules agenda, arguing that the agency doesn't properly consider the job impact of its regulations before issuing them. It has petitioned to have McCarthy deposed in the case, something scheduled for later this month. The EPA has...
  • Obama Leads But No One Follows In Climate Change Fight

    11/08/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 48 replies
    Energy: The resident wants to decarbonize the planet by killing fossil-fuel production and its high-paying jobs. Almost no other nation is following his lead despite the promises that will be made at the Paris climate summit. Last week we learned in a Reuters report that Asia will build 500 coal-burning electric generation plants this year alone. An additional 1,000 are planned in China, India, Japan, Indonesia and other countries. The latest projections are that 40% of the added power generation in Southeast Asia by 2040 will be coal-fired. Does this sound like a continent that's taking the alarm bells of...
  • China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported

    11/04/2015 5:58:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    New York Times - CNBC ^ | 03 November 2015 | Chris Buckley
    China, the world's leading emitter of greenhouse gases from coal, is burning far more annually than previously thought, according to new government data. The finding could vastly complicate the already difficult efforts to limit global warming. Even for a country of China's size and opacity, the scale of the correction is immense. China has been consuming as much as 17 percent more coal each year than reported, according to the new government figures. By some initial estimates, that could translate to almost a billion more tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere annually in recent years, more than all...
  • Extreme Much? Che Guevara Tribute Kicks Off National Environmental Summit

    11/03/2015 11:41:09 AM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Steamboat Institute ^ | November 2nd, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    It's no secret that many U.S. environmental groups have become more strident and ideological during the Obama residency. But you may be surprised just how extreme they have become. In early October, a national network of environmental groups - called Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) - held a summit in Colorado to discuss their campaign strategies. The STFA alliance is led by Earthworks and includes other well-known national activist groups, such as the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and Food & Water Watch. Dozens of smaller groups, which routinely serve as the face of national groups in state- and...
  • After decades of shipments, last coal ship scheduled to arrive in Muskegon

    11/02/2015 7:17:23 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies
    MLive ^ | November 01, 2015 | Stephen Kloosterman
    The last shipment of coal to a soon-to-be shuttered Consumers Energy Plant in Muskegon is scheduled to arrive Nov. 8. For more than 25 years, 1,000-foot ships have been regularly rolling into the Port of Muskegon with coal for Consumers' B.C. Cobb energy plant. The last such ship to deliver coal to Consumers in Muskegon will be the James R. Barker, a spokesman wrote in an email. "The Barker is scheduled to be loaded with 58,000 tons of coal in Superior, Wisconsin, on Nov. 5," wrote Consumers spokesman Roger Morgenstern. "After the ship is loaded and underway, we will have...
  • Coal mine expansion stalls in lawsuit citing climate change ( Montana: WildEarth Guardians )

    10/31/2015 9:53:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 26, 2015 | MATTHEW BROWN
    Judge stalls approved Montana coal mine expansion in 2nd successful suit citing climate change. The U.S. Interior Department should not have approved the expansion of a southeastern Montana coal mine without taking a closer look at its effect on the environment, a federal judge said about a lawsuit arguing the government ignored coal's contributions to climate change. Environmental groups sued the Interior Department after it approved an expansion of the Spring Creek Coal mine in 2012. The case marks the second time conservationists have used worries over climate change to successfully challenge approval of a coal mine after it had...
  • Fracking topples old King Coal

    10/28/2015 6:50:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/26/15 | JOHN SICILIANO
    King Coal may be losing its throne sooner than expected, as the U.S. goes through a change in how it gets the bulk of its electricity. The change is not coming from solar and wind as environmental groups would like to believe, although renewables are growing. The big switch is coming from natural gas produced from fracking shale rock deep underground. Natural gas is replacing coal as the dominant way Americans receive electricity to power everything from their lights to their iPhones to the big screen televisions. It is cheaper than coal, which is why natural gas power plants are...
  • The fiery world before dinosaurs: New research reveals fires were more common

    10/27/2015 12:40:54 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 32 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 10/26/205 | University of Royal Holloway London
    Scientists from the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London together with colleagues from the USA, Russia and China, have discovered that forest fires across the globe were more common between 300 and 250 million years ago than they are today. This is thought to be due to higher level of oxygen in the atmosphere at that time. The study which was published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science, found that peats that were to become coal contained high levels of charcoal that could only be explained by the high levels of fire activity. The team...
  • Win Scholarship $-TX Energy Council; Energy in Depths Everley-UNTs Ozone Study; WV Coal & NatGas

    10/26/2015 2:42:38 PM PDT · by RaceBannon
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 10/25/15 | The Jacki Daily Show
    Today, Glenn Gantt of the TX Energy Council tells us all about the college scholarships they are giving away to students entering the energy sector, especially petroleum and chemical engineers.Then, Steve Everley of Energy In Depth talks about the Obama Administration's new ozone rules and why we should look carefully at who funds the studies to support this policy. Then, we talk with Rob Capehart, former Secretary of Tax and Revenue for WV about how coal and natural gas funds most of the state budget, and job retraining for coal miners who transition to natural gas extraction.
  • Californias Hidden Coal Use

    10/25/2015 8:14:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Institute for Energy Research ^ | OCTOBER 22, 2015 | Institute for Energy Research
    Californias politicians would like you to believe that their electricity comes from non-coal sources. However, while there are very few coal plants in California, making up only 0.4 percent of the states generation in 2014[i], California imports electricity from neighboring states and as much as half of Southern Californias electric generation comes from coal-fired generating plants in Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.[ii] Although California is pushing electric vehicles, wanting 1.5 million on the road by 2025,[iii] the greenhouse gas savings from their use will be minuscule if electricity continues to be generated mainly from imports of coal-fired generation and natural...
  • Why One of the Worlds Top Physicists Signed a Petition Against Climate Alarmism

    10/16/2015 8:47:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2015 | Calvin Beisner
    Why did one of the world's top physicists—ever—sign the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation's Open Letter to Pope Francis on Climate Change, which challenges climate alarmism, though he's a liberal, a Democrat, likes President Obama, and has a strong background in climate science? His interview with the UK Register and his foreword to a new study titled Carbon Dioxide: The Good News reveal some of his reasons. Freeman Dyson believes increasing atmospheric CO2 content does more good than harm and that President Obama "chose the wrong side" in the climate debate. He explains that climate change "is not a...
  • Rockefeller won't seek re-election

    01/11/2013 7:23:31 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | January 11, 2013 | JOHN RABY, LAWRENCE MESSINA
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world's richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term. The 75-year-old Democrat's decision, coming at a time when his popularity in a conservative state had been waning for sparring with the powerful mining industry and supporting President Barack Obama, told The Associated Press ahead of his formal announcement that it was time to retire.