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  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • EPA coal rules leaving US vulnerable to power blackouts?

    04/12/2014 7:14:43 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | 4-12-14 | Mike Emanuel
    Facing the Obama administration's so-called "war on coal," some utility officials are warning that fewer coal-fired power plants could leave the U.S. power system vulnerable to blackouts in the near future. The officials warn that intense summer heat or extreme winter cold could soon be too much for the system to handle. "I worry about the potential of brownouts and blackouts if we're ... actually depending on this generation that's going to be retired," Nick Akins, from American Electric Power, told Fox News in an interview. Pro-coal advocates say the administration's focus on its environmental agenda challenges the reliability of...
  • James River Coal pushed into bankruptcy

    04/10/2014 12:13:12 PM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | JOHN REID BLACKWELL | JOHN REID BLACKWELL
    A combination of a heavy debt load and a dramatic decline in demand and prices for coal pushed Richmond-based James River Coal Co. into Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday along with more than 30 of its subsidiary businesses, said in court filings Tuesday that it lost an estimated $16 million in 2013, as coal volumes and revenue dropped dramatically from 2012 to 2013. “The debtors’ businesses have reached the point of unsustainability absent utilization of the tools presented by Chapter 11,” James River Coal Chairman, President and CEO Peter Socha...
  • Rep. Petri (R-WI) Voted Twice in Favor of “Obama’s War on Coal”

    04/09/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | April 07, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    The Wisconsin congressional district represented by Rep. Tom Petri (R) stands to lose nearly 2,000 jobs because of the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal,” but Petri has twice voted to let some of those more controversial – and burdensome – regulations stand. A nationwide analysis by the Heritage Foundation concludes that Wisconsin will lose an estimated 11,702 jobs thanks to Obama environmental regulations. The sixth district alone will lose more jobs than any other congressional district in the country the study concludes. ... Petri was the only Republican from Wisconsin to vote against suspending the rule. Voting with Petri was...
  • Study: ‘War on Coal’ will hit Wisconsin manufacturing hardest

    03/29/2014 7:10:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-27-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Of all the national casualties expected from the Obama administration’s “War on Coal,” manufacturers in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District could be hit the hardest. That’s the finding of a new analysis, published by the conservative Heritage Foundation, that tracks the long-term economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions — strict standards that, industry officials assert, would all but kill construction of new coal-fired power plants and force existing facilities into early retirement. Energy expert Nicolas Loris analyzed the effects of a 20-year phase-out of coal. His study projects significant job loss...
  • Weather slows construction of clean coal plant in Oklahoma

    03/19/2014 4:55:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | March 18, 2014 | Jay F. Marks
    Clean Coal Technologies Inc. is almost ready to resume construction on a test plant in Oklahoma after being delayed by winter weather earlier this year. Winter weather has delayed construction of a clean coal test plant, but officials with the company behind the technology remain confident in its success. Clean Coal Technologies Inc. had hoped to have its pilot plant operational by early this year, but CEO Robin Eves said “one of the worst winters on record” put the project behind schedule. “On many days, the workers simply could not reach the facility,” he said in a webcast last week....
  • Coal to the Rescue, but Maybe Not Next Winter

    03/11/2014 9:28:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 10, 2014 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    ... As the end of the harshest winter in recent memory approaches, the bill is coming due for millions of consumers who are not only using more electricity and natural gas but also paying more for whatever they use. And there might not be relief in future winters, as the coal-fired power plants that utilities have relied on to meet the surge in demand are shuttered for environmental reasons. The sticker shock has been particularly acute in the Northeast, where natural gas supplies have been constrained. But it has spread to other regions of the country, including the Midwest, where...
  • House Approves Bill to Stop Obama's "War on Coal"

    03/08/2014 12:28:38 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 26 replies
    The New American ^ | 07 March 2014 | Raven Clabough
    House Approves Bill to Stop Obama's "War on Coal" 07 March 2014 The House has approved a bill to block President Obama's climate plan that aimed at regulating so-called carbon pollution from new power plants.
  • EPA’s Climate Regulations Will Harm American Manufacturing

    03/07/2014 4:12:40 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 35 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 4, 2014 | Nicolas Loris and Filip Jolevski
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming climate change regulations for new and existing electricity generating units have been appropriately labeled the “war on coal,”[1] because the proposed limits for carbon dioxide emissions would essentially prohibit the construction of new coal-fired power plants and force existing ones into early retirement. However, the casualties will extend well beyond the coal industry, hurting families and businesses and taking a significant toll on American manufacturing across the nation. Congress should stop the EPA and all other federal agencies from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Driving Energy Prices Up, Economic Activity Down...
  • South Africa hit by intensive blackouts amid power shortages

    03/06/2014 11:23:33 AM PST · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    AFP, Google ^ | 03/06/2014 | Susan Njanhi
    South Africa imposed rolling power cuts for the first time since 2008 on Thursday as it struggled to cope with coal shortages and technical problems caused by recent heavy rains. State-owned electricity firm Eskom said incessant downpours over the past week had flooded mines and left stockpiles too wet to use in its coal-fired power plants. . . . . . . . . . "We do not believe we have a crisis in energy at this present time," said Water Minister Edna Molewa.
  • UPDATE 1-Texas grid extends power conservation call as cold boosts usage, prices

    03/03/2014 4:03:21 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 3, 2014
    The Texas electric grid operator extended its call for residents and businesses to conserve power until Tuesday morning as a late arctic cold front that barreled as far as South Texas boosted the state's electricity consumption to a monthly record on Monday. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state's primary grid, had issued a public call for conservation on Sunday evening, citing freezing temperatures that would strain available generation capacity. "With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, director of system...
  • The Cult of Marxism in America (Saturbray)

    03/01/2014 5:56:57 AM PST · by bray · 15 replies
    Brayincandy.com ^ | 3/1/14 | bray
    O love the Lord all ye hes saints: preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Psalms 31:23 We are soon going to see the second big hit on the economy in the next two years as we will have another manmade spike in our energy costs. These will be directly caused by ignorance and hatred towards the American way of life. The Marxists know the best way to short circuit an economy is to take out the foundation which is low cost energy. The Obama regime and the Three Pillars have found a way to destroy the low...
  • The 3D Printers Are Coming: Dig More Coal? (Will it disrupt Chinese manufacturing?)

    03/01/2014 1:09:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 28, 2014 | Mark P. Mills
    The 3D printers are coming. And fast. The only debate is over how fast. Velocity matters for stock pickers following the small world of pure-play public 3D printing companies. It is also relevant for business analysts and, perhaps surprisingly, for energy forecasters. 3D printers will — as many have observed sometimes a tad too breathlessly — disrupt a lot of businesses. They will enable and make more profitable many others, while also creating entirely new classes of businesses. The 3D printing ecosystem will as well accelerate the new trend of rising foreign direct investment into the United States. And 3D...
  • Energy trade is a key part of overall U.S. trade flows

    02/24/2014 5:08:54 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy trade has long been a key component of overall U.S. trade flows. Recent developments in U.S. energy production, notably the rapid growth of tight oil and shale gas output, are leading to significant changes in the nation's energy trade flows. Another important factor is consumption trends, which reflect both increased efficiency of vehicles and other energy-using equipment, and structural changes in the economy. This article, which focuses on current energy trade in the context of overall trade flows, will be followed by several others in the coming days that consider the evolution of trade flows in major energy fuel...
  • Electricity Price Index Soars to New Record at Start of 2014; U.S. Electricity Production Declining

    02/21/2014 8:47:05 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The electricity price index soared to a new high in January 2014 with the largest month-to-month increase in almost four years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, data from the Energy Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, indicates that electricity production in the United States has declined since 2007, when it hit its all-time peak. The U.S. is producing less electricity than it did seven years ago for a population that has added more than 14 million people. ... Between 2007 and 2012, the nation's annual coal-fired electricity generation declined by about 25 percent,...
  • Comer to launch 5 pilot projects to grow hemp, including testing of cannabinoids for medicinal...

    02/17/2014 10:45:29 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 2/17/2014 | Ryan Alessi
    LEBURN[Ky.] — Agriculture Commissioner James Comer on Monday announced the first five pilot programs to grow hemp in Kentucky as part of the foundation of his economic development plan for Eastern Kentucky. “Hemp will go into the ground for the first time in Kentucky since World War II,” Comer told several hundred people at the Knott County Sportsplex along Highway 80. That includes a project to research cannabinoids for medicinal purposes at an Eastern Kentucky site overseen by the University of Kentucky. Comer made the announcement with both Republican U.S. senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, as well as Democratic...
  • Carbon Benefits Exceed Costs By Up to 500:1

    02/15/2014 8:41:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek. The Environmental Protection Agency, other government agencies and various scientists contend that fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous global warming and climate change. They use this claim to justify repressive regulations for automobiles, coal-fired power plants and other facilities powered by hydrocarbon energy. Because these rules are costing millions of jobs and billions of dollars, a federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) devised the “social cost of carbon” concept – which attaches arbitrary monetary values to the alleged impacts of using hydrocarbons and emitting carbon dioxide. SCC estimates...
  • Obama to propose billion-dollar Climate Resilience Fund; Icy blast heats up coal debate

    02/14/2014 11:12:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/14/14 10:08 AM EDT | Alex Guillen
    President Barack Obama will ask Congress to set up a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund” in his proposed budget next month. Obama travels to Fresno, Calif., today to discuss the drought plaguing most of California and the Western U.S. and to announce new administration actions, including the proposed billion-dollar fund. According to the White House, the fund would go to research on the projected impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for climate change’s effects and fund “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.” […] As another snowstorm socks the East Coast, the coal industry has a message for the nation’s electricity...
  • This winter’s cold snap is one reason why Obama’s coal regulations are not the best idea

    02/13/2014 7:03:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/13/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Even independently of the Obama administration’s policies, the U.S. energy grid has been undergoing some major shifts in the past few years. As the shale revolution has gained steam and natural gas has become more abundant, the proportion of electricity we get from coal has decreased while the role of viable-substitute natural gas has gotten bigger. Many defenders of the Obama administration’s incoming regulations for new and existing coal-fired power plants point to this ongoing market shift as part of their rationale, arguing that the transition to cleaner-burning natural gas is happening anyway and that all these regulations are just...
  • Energy official: Electricity prices to soar 80 percent, thanks to EPA coal regulations

    02/12/2014 3:13:22 PM PST · by matt1234 · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Regulations for new coal plants would increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent, an Obama administration official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Julio Friedmann, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the DEPArtment of Energy, told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight board that carbon capture and storage technology was still not ready for prime time. “The precise number will vary, but for first generation we project $70 to $90 per ton [on the wholesale price of electricity],” Friedmann said. “For second generation, it will be more like a $40 to $50 per ton price. Second...
  • Enough With the 'War' Rhetoric: According to the GOP, Obama is waging a war on everything.

    02/09/2014 12:27:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | February 6, 2014 | Tamara Holder
    “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win,” said Chinese general Sun Tzu in his famous "The Art of War." According to General Tzu’s insight, conservatives are turning themselves into “defeated warriors.” Prior to Barack Obama’s election as president in 2008, the United States was engaged in two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq. Their purpose was to seek-out and destroy enemies of the United States. But since Obama’s election, and re-election in 2012, conservative media and politicians have chosen the strategy of defining every issue as a war...
  • EPA set to strike key blow against coal?

    02/07/2014 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2014 | Doug McKelway
    Video at link. Stymied by the GOP's long resistance to cap and trade legislation, the EPA this week began public hearings -- the next step toward a final rule -- to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new coal plants. The rule would limit emissions to 1100 pounds per Megawatt hour, a level the coal industry says is technologically unattainable. Green energy proponents disagree. "Opponents say this will prevent ever building another coal-fired plant in the United States today. They say that the technology is not commercially available. These claims are scare tactics," Rep. HenryWaxman, D-Calif., said in a press conference...
  • Sandoval: Coloradans can’t depend on wind energy

    02/07/2014 5:22:46 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Tribune ^ | February 5, 2014 | Michael Sandoval
    When Coloradans flip on their lights or crank up their heat, they expect their electricity to be affordable, and at the very least, reliable. But the state Legislature and Gov. John Hickenlooper are forcing the opposite on Colorado — expensive and unreliable wind energy. The wind lobby today is one of the fattest hogs at the corporate welfare trough. Rather than win customers through good prices and reliable products, the wind lobby uses political clout to force consumers to purchase its overpriced services. Currently, a state law requires that 12 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by so-called “green”...
  • The dirty little secret on Sage Grouse ( Montana and )

    01/30/2014 9:56:26 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Clark Fork Valley Press ^ | January 29, 2014 | Schwaderer
    It’s no coincidence that sage grouse habitat also happens to intersect both the largest untapped coal deposits in the country as well as large parts of the Bakken oil field. It’s clear the primary motivation to focus on sage grouse for ESA listing is to provide yet another tool for special interest groups to block energy development. And in this obstructionist toolbox, there’s no heavier sledgehammer than the Endangered Species Act. What an interesting irony, then, that so much effort is going into “protecting” one bird from energy development, when the Obama administration is turning a blind eye to hundreds...
  • Minnesota to update how it calculates energy costs

    01/27/2014 5:07:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-27-14 | AP
    State officials plan to update the way they consider environmental and health effects when determining the overall cost of energy production, a move that could help guide decisions ranging from the fate of aging power plants to using cleaner sources of energy. The state Public Utilities Commission has agreed to update the way it considers costs, the St. Cloud Times reported . That could mean taking into account issues such as climate change, infant mortality and emergency room visits. "What this would do is to cause Minnesota to take a hard look before investments are made in power plants so...
  • Unreliable German Solar and Wind Forcing New Coal Boom

    01/26/2014 9:31:51 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1/25/2014 | Stefan Frank
    Not surprisingly, a wind farm operator is at the center of Germany’s latest major financial swindle. With 1,300 employees, Prokon is a relatively small company. Yet its advertisements were well-known to Germans. They always had three parts: pictures of a wind farm; a vague message that “something” had to be “changed”; and a request to make a loan to Prokon. In return, one was promised nothing less than “a future worth living,” and 8 percent interest per annum. One of these propositions must have been alluring to many Germans, for the company successfully gathered about 1.3 billion euros (2 billion...
  • The Obama Regime’s criminal assault on the coal industry

    01/26/2014 8:42:18 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/26/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The Obama administration’s attack on America’s coal industry has swung into high gear with EPA enforcers setting emission rates so low that virtually no plant will be able to meet the new standards. And as a consequence, more American workers will be thrown out into the cold, their families thrown into the welfare maw and American dependence on overseas energy sources thrown into states that historically have given us the fire in our economic engines. CiR has just received an urgent Email alert from Western mountain states urging our readers to send Emails, faxes, and traditional letters to the following...
  • Spot coal price trends vary across key basins during 2013

    01/16/2014 5:25:50 AM PST · by thackney
    Energy Information Adminstration ^ | JANUARY 16, 2014 | Energy Information Adminstration
    Spot steam coal price trends varied across key basins in 2013. Compared with 2012, while total coal demand increased, total coal supply decreased, yet regional differences in market fundamentals resulted in different spot price trends. Central Appalachian (CAPP) coal prices trended downwards, Northern Appalachian (NAPP) and Powder River Basin (PRB) coal prices trended upwards, and Illinois Basin (ILB) and Rocky Mountain coal prices remained largely unchanged. Coal demand increased in 2013. Higher natural gas prices in 2013 resulted in the greater use of coal for electricity generation and higher domestic consumption of coal. This resulted in total coal consumption in...
  • WVAW: Water Use Ban In Effect Indefinitely (West Virginia)

    01/10/2014 11:39:12 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia American Water held a press conference Friday morning saying a water use ban will remain in effect indefinitely in parts of 9 counties after a chemical leak in Charleston. West Virginia American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre says at this point, they can't say the water is unsafe to drink, but they also can't say the water is safe. WVAW says they were notified about 12 p.m. Thursday by the West Virginia DEP about a leak at Freedom Industries on Barlow Drive. During a press conference Friday morning, McIntyre said they were originally given incorrect...
  • National Guard: Tests Show Positive Trends, Number Still Needs to Drop (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 10:52:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The National Guard says tests show the amount of chemical in the water is going down, but is still not where it needs to be for residents to use the water. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties have been under a do not use water order since early Thursday evening. Those nine counties are also under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. A chemical leak was noticed Thursday morning in the Elk River, near Freedom Industries. The company has since been forced by the DEP to shut down...
  • ‘Twilight for Coal in the United States’: EPA Announces New Regs on ‘War on Poverty’ Anniversary

    01/09/2014 8:01:36 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1/8/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    The Environmental Protection Agency moved forward with a proposed rule to require coal-fired power plants to install a technology aimed at reducing greenhouse gases that the Government Accountability Office found won’t be commercially viable for several years. The EPA first proposed new caps on carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel fired electricity generating units in April 2012 and received more than 2.5 million public comments on the rules. In the proposed rule filed with the Federal Register on Wednesday, the EPA said it is withdrawing the 2012 proposal and moving forward with new substitute rules.
  • Report confirms government effort to alter coal job loss estimates(Obama fired company for refusing)

    01/08/2014 6:14:20 PM PST · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, December 30, 2013 | Phillip Swarts
    The Obama administration tried to edit a report on new coal regulations to lower analysts’ estimates of serious job losses, an official investigation has found, backing up reports that the Interior Department pressured a private contractor to change information in order to make the data more acceptable. The Associated Press and Fox News reported in 2011 that a company claimed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement asked it to change variables in a calculation that showed new environmental regulations would lead to large job losses. The company and its subcontractors initially estimated that 7,000 jobs could be lost...
  • Saudi Billionaire Prince: Fracking Competitively Threatens ‘Any Oil Producing Country in the World’

    01/07/2014 11:23:44 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 46 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | January 7, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to “any oil-producing country in the world,” adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a “matter of survival.” New shale oil discoveries “are threats to any oil-producing country in the world,” said Prince Alwaleed in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “It is a pivot moment for any oil-producing country that has not diversified. Ninety-two...
  • Oops: Europe’s rising and renewable-driven energy prices are causing a coal resurgence

    01/06/2014 12:59:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Question: What happens when you forcibly implement an overly ambitious plan to overhaul your entire energy infrastructure by ridding yourself of both nuclear power and coal, instituting on outright ban on hydraulic fracturing and hence natural-gas exploration, and relentlessly subsidize politically preferred forms of so-called “green” energy that investors and consumers aren’t choosing to use of their own volition?Answer, via Bloomberg: Across the continent’s mining belt, from Germany to Poland and the Czech Republic, utilities such as Vattenfall AB, CEZ AS and PGE SA are expanding open-pit mines that produce lignite. The moist, brown form of the fossil fuel packs...
  • The Year in Energy: 10 Big Energy Stories of 2013

    01/02/2014 9:10:58 PM PST · by ckilmer · 7 replies
    theenergycollective ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jesse Jenkins
    The Year in Energy: 10 Big Energy Stories of 2013                 As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to look back at the big energy stories of the year. Here's my top 10 stories from 2013...1. Japan taps methane hydrates with explosive implications for the future of global energy supplies.The Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry announced in March that a team aboard a drilling ship pearched above the Eastern Nankai Trough had extracted methane gas from hydrates trapped 1,000 feet below the sea floor surface. Methane hydrates, also known as clathrates or...
  • Fracking Saves Water

    12/25/2013 3:46:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nicole Bailey
    Contrary to the conventional teachings of environmentalists, hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking) has at least one major environmental benefit: saving water. Although most Americans are disturbingly ignorant about fracking, it is an issue of critical importance not only with respect to the environment but also in foreign policy and the economy. Typically, the debate is framed around priorities. If you care more about the environment, you are against fracking; but if you care more about energy independence and domestic economic opportunities, you are for fracking. However, a new study out of the University of Texas at Austin - one of...
  • TransCanada CEO: I remain “very confident” President Obama will approve Keystone XL

    12/24/2013 1:41:18 PM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 12/23/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    TransCanada Corp. Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said he is “very confident” the controversial Keystone XL pipeline will be approved by President Barack Obama. In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, Girling said the review process is near its end and he expects a decision “in the coming weeks we’d see a permit … that’s our hope.” “I remain very confident. It’s a very important project” and the safest way to move oil to the U.S., Girling said. “I remain 100% confident this project makes sense for energy security and all the jobs and economic benefits that come with it,”...
  • To Clean up Coal, Obama Pushes More Oil Production

    12/23/2013 5:18:16 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | December 23, 2013 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil... To help the environment, the government allows power companies to sell the carbon dioxide to oil companies, which pump it into old oil fields to force more crude to the surface. A side benefit is that the carbon gets permanently stuck underground. The...
  • ‘MUZZLED’: EPA Silenced Scientists that Challenged their Agenda

    12/22/2013 5:47:38 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 17 replies
    joemiller.us ^ | December 21, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    The Environmental Protection Agency silenced scientific advisers who expressed concerns over the agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions limits for coal-fired power plants, House Republicans claim. Republicans on the House’s science committee wrote a letter to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy expressing concern that the agency ignored scientists charged with reviewing carbon emissions limits for new power plants. Scientists said that the agency rushed through the regulatory process and that the underlying science of the rule lacked adequate peer review. “We are concerned about the agency’s apparent disregard for the concerns of its science advisors,” the Republican lawmakers wrote. “Science is a...
  • Coal Must Embrace All-Out Battle with Eco-Bullies

    12/18/2013 8:05:52 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/18/2013 | Dr. Tim Ball and Tom Harris
    Imagine you have been wrongfully arrested, charged with murdering a child. Although the evidence against you is sketchy, the police have no other suspects, and with the government anxious to appease those demanding justice, your case is rushed to trial. Your lawyer decides that with public sentiment strongly against you, the best course of action is to plead guilty and to throw yourself at the mercy of the court.
  • WHY EVERY SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTALIST SHOULD FAVOUR FRACKING

    12/18/2013 5:32:47 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
     Centre for Policy Studies ^ | December 2013 | RICHARD A. MULLER AND ELIZABETH A. MULLER
    SUMMARY  Environmentalists who oppose the development of shale gas and fracking are making a tragic mistake.  Some oppose shale gas because it is a fossil fuel, a source of carbon dioxide. Some are concerned by accounts of the fresh water it needs, by flaming faucets, by leaked “fugitive methane”, by pollution of the ground with fracking fluid and by damaging earthquakes.  These concerns are either largely false or can be addressed by appropriate regulation.  For shale gas is a wonderful gift that has arrived just in time. It can not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but...
  • Lured by Cheap Coal, Southeast Asia Turns Away from Gas

    12/11/2013 5:47:52 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | December 09, 2013 | Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen
    Southeast Asia's power sector will tilt away from gas to use more coal by the end of this decade, chipping away at demand for liquefied natural gas as the region of more than 600 million people tries to cut costs to meet soaring electricity needs. With a wave of LNG projects due to come online this decade, this shift in consumption from a region long expected to be a key growth market could help take some of the heat out of rising Asian prices of the cleaner fuel. Gas prices in Asia are about five times more expensive than in...
  • Mammoth mining tool takes overnight ride through Texas

    12/04/2013 10:17:36 AM PST · by thackney · 53 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 4, 2013 | Collin Eaton
    Workers in Conroe hauled a colossal, 63.4-metric ton dragline excavator — essentially, a giant shovel — overnight Tuesday to a coal mine near Austin. The 130-mile trip to Elgin was the maiden voyage in the U.S. for South African equipment maker VR Steel, which four months ago outsourced the fabrication of its first U.S. excavator to Conroe-based manufacturers C&C Metals and Mackanan. The midnight ride took seven hours: Crew members on escort trucks lifted power lines and moved traffic lights to clear the way for the excavator, which sat 18 feet high on the back of a semi-trailer. After a...
  • Hick Gets Earful as he Tries to Mend Fences with Rural Coloradans

    11/26/2013 4:57:29 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | November 26, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    Even though Gov. John Hickenlooper did most of the talking during Monday’s “lean in and listen” stop in Craig, the locals made it clear they’re tired of having their concerns brushed aside by lawmakers in Denver and Washington, D.C. Chief among the issues raised at the public forum were the federal crackdown on coal, the looming sage-grouse listing, and the state legislature’s doubling of the renewable-energy mandate and limiting access to firearms and ammunition. Brandy Meek, chair of the Moffat County Republican Party, drew loud applause when she said, “I would urge you, this next legislative session, please represent all...
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record for October; Up 42% in Decade

    11/22/2013 8:59:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 22, 2013 - 5:07 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The price of electricity hit a record for the month of October, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That made October the eleventh straight month when the average price of electricity hit or matched the record level for that month. The average price of electricity in October was 13.2 cents per kilowatt hour (KWH), up from 12.8 cents per KWH in October 2012—and up from 9.3 cents per KWH in October 2003. Americans now pay 42 percent more for electricity than they did a decade ago. …
  • Al Gore praises Ontario's commitment to ban coal-fired power (then walks home?)

    11/22/2013 5:00:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 11/21/13 | ADRIAN MORROW
    **SNIP** The province’s largest and last coal plant, in Nanticoke, is scheduled to shut down next month. The new bill, if passed, will make it illegal for the government to set up other coal plants in future. The legislation is mostly symbolic: it will apply only to electricity plants, allowing other industries – such as steel and cement manufacturing – to continue burning coal. But Ms. Wynne touted it as expression of the province’s commitment to cleaner sources of energy.
  • MEDIA SCANDAL: CBS News Quietly Edits Shaun Boyd Story Exposing Fractivist National Ties (Colorado)

    11/19/2013 7:22:36 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | November 18, 2013
    On Election Day this year, CBS4′s Shaun Boyd had a story detailing the true intentions of the national environmentalist groups pushing fracking bans in four northern Colorado towns. The article contained an admission from local fractivists that national groups seeking a total ban on fracking in Colorado were driving their campaign. But the fractivists were successful in getting their admissions and national connections stricken from the story by lobbying higher ups at CBS. Sources say Shaun Boyd is none too pleased with the edits. The current version of the story lacks a quote from Water Defense, a national environmental group...
  • Tennessee Valley Authority closing 8 coal fired power plants

    11/17/2013 9:47:47 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 17, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    The Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal corporation which operates energy facilities and other land management operations across multiple states, has announced that they will be closing eight coal fired power plants. They will seek to reduce coal sourced energy to 20% of their total capacity and the plants in question will be closed in Alabama and Kentucky. (The latter plants faced some headwinds as Mitch McConnell fought to stop them from closing, but the TVA overruled him.)
  • Caterpillar to close another mining equipment plant (Southwest Virginia)

    11/17/2013 4:02:32 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Novembere 15, 2013 | James B. Kelleher
    Caterpillar Inc said on Friday that it will close another plant and lay off 240 additional workers as it continues to respond to a sharp drop in demand for its earth-moving products from customers in the mining industry.
  • House Republicans pressure EPA to drop coal-plant carbon rules

    11/16/2013 6:05:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2013
    Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to impose carbon dioxide limits on power plants. Committee leaders sent a letter to EPA director Gina McCarthy on Friday, asking her to withdraw the proposed regulations, arguing that the agency is trying to "impose standards beyond the scope of its legal authority." In September, the EPA released a proposal to set emissions caps for new coal-fired power plants that would likely require the industry to use carbon-capture technology, which involves burying the carbon underground. Critics argue the technology, which...