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  • General Electric cuts 12,000 jobs, blames lagging coal demand

    12/07/2017 9:49:52 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | John Siciliano
    General Electric Co. announced Thursday that it will cut 12,000 jobs from power division amid a global softening of electricity demand and the switch from coal and other fossil fuels. "The plans announced today are driven by challenges in the power market worldwide," the manufacturing giant said. "Traditional power markets including gas and coal have softened. Volumes are down significantly in products and services driven by overcapacity, lower utilization, fewer outages, an increase in steam plant retirements, and overall growth in renewables." The company said Thursday that the cuts will "right-size" GE Power amid the transition taking place in the...
  • President Trump Moves to Shrink Two National Monuments in Utah

    12/05/2017 6:28:56 AM PST · by RhoTheta · 15 replies
    OANN ^ | 12/4/2017 | OANN Newsroom
    During a speech Monday, the president said he is signing two proclamations which will shrink the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. He called the measures a reversal of federal overreach, and says the move will restore the rights of land to the people of Utah. The president says the residents of the state know how to protect and conserve their own land, and Washington politicians do not. He added, lands must be protected and now will be protected by this new measure.
  • Conrad Lucas, America's youngest GOP chairman, is running for Congress in West Virginia

    11/20/2017 2:56:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2017 | Aaron Carpenter
    Conrad Lucas, the youngest GOP state party chairman in the United States, has announced he’s running for Congress. Lucas, who just turned 36, has served as chairman of West Virginia’s Republican Party since 2012, when he was just 30 years old. He is ready to bring fresh leadership to Washington and help Donald Trump pass his agenda through Congress. Lucas listed his accomplishments as GOP chairman in a phone interview with the Washington Examiner, and explained how he plans to serve the people of West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District....
  • 'Political watershed' as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal

    11/16/2017 10:20:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 16, 2017 | by Damian Carrington
    A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a “political watershed”, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity. New pledges were made on Thursday by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which is led by the UK and Canada. “The case against coal is unequivocal,” said UK climate minister Claire Perry, both on environmental and health grounds – air pollution from coal kills 800,000 people a year...
  • Ukraine Turns to American Coal to Defend Itself Against Russia

    11/10/2017 10:55:20 PM PST · by EliRoom8 · 20 replies
    Te Daily Signal ^ | November 9, 2017 | Nolan Peterson
    As Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine nears its fifth calendar year—and as Ukraine’s infamously cold winter draws near—American companies are incrementally cutting into Russia’s de facto monopoly as a supplier of nuclear fuel and coal to Ukraine, thereby undermining a longtime coercive lever of Russian influence over Kyiv.
  • Greens hold out on climate in German coalition talks

    11/13/2017 9:25:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 13, 2017 | Reuters Staff
    BERLIN - Environmental policy dominated negotiations on forming a new German coalition on Friday, as the Greens pushed their would-be partners for a quicker exit from coal power. “What’s lying on the table isn’t enough for us,” said Greens chairwoman Simone Peter in response to a suggestion by the two other camps that 10 coal-fired power stations be shuttered. The Greens are holding out for carbon dioxide emissions cuts that would require the closing of 20 coal plants. Earlier, a discussion paper seen by Reuters showed that the two more pro-business partners wanted to cut coal power by 3-5 gigawatts...
  • Awaiting Trump's coal comeback, miners reject retraining

    11/01/2017 2:59:08 PM PDT · by central_va · 18 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 11/1/17 | Valerie Volcovici
    When Mike Sylvester entered a career training center earlier this year in southwestern Pennsylvania, he found more than one hundred federally funded courses covering everything from computer programming to nursing. He settled instead on something familiar: a coal mining course. "I think there is a coal comeback,” said the 33-year-old son of a miner. Despite broad consensus about coal's bleak future, a years-long effort to diversify the economy of this hard-hit region away from mining is stumbling, with Obama-era jobs retraining classes undersubscribed and future programs at risk under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget. Trump has promised to revive...
  • Custom Staffing: 215 coal mining jobs available

    10/29/2017 9:30:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WEHT-TV ^ | October 27, 2017
    Custom Staffing Services is recruiting 215 surface and underground miners for partners in the Tri-State. Custom Staffing specializes in finding long-term placement for miners, resulting in full-time employment. The pay rate will be up to $22/hour. There will be a job fair for coal mining jobs at Custom Staffing Services at 1820 N. Green River Rd. on Monday, October 30 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. If you can't make the job fair, you can visit the Evansville office Monday-Friday, apply online, or visit Custom Staffing in West Frankfort, Illinois every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the...
  • Where Does Spokane Green Group’s Support Come From?

    10/21/2017 6:15:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2017 | Brian McNicoll
    Democrats in Washington state, like their counterparts in the other Washington, don’t always think the law applies to them. They can create elaborate procedures to trip up Republicans in, say, election law. But those requirements are quite optional where they are concerned.Part of this is they see themselves as the good guys, fighting for right – no matter how many jobs are lost, how much damage is done to the economy or how little the measure does to help the environment. If they have to bend a few rules to make it happen – hey, it was the right thing...
  • Will Echoes Of Hillary Clinton's Awful Coal Remarks Sink Democrats In Virginia’s Governor’s Race?

    10/18/2017 5:48:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    We’re three weeks out from Virginia’s gubernatorial race and it’s been mostly relegated to the backburner thanks to the endless news that emanates from the Trump White House. It’s an off-year election, but it’s in D.C.'s backyard. The state has increasingly become more bluish since the Bush years, albeit the state legislature is Republican. The House of Delegates, the lower chamber, is reliably Republican where they hold a supermajority. The state Senate is more competitive. Anti-gun groups under the Bloomberg umbrella tried and failed to flip the Senate in 2015. Those groups are mounting a second invasion of the state...
  • A CNN Smear

    10/18/2017 6:34:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2017 | John Stossel
    Did you happen to catch CNN's latest smear? Anderson Cooper's show recently featured a "two-part exclusive" that claims Donald Trump's EPA director had conspired with the CEO of a mining company to "withdraw environmental restrictions" so the company could dig "the largest open pit mine in the world in an extremely sensitive watershed in wild Alaska." The report was enough to horrify any caring person. CNN showed beautiful pictures of colorful salmon swimming in Bristol Bay, and the reporter intoned dramatically, "EPA staffers were shocked to receive this email obtained exclusively by CNN which says 'we have been directed by...
  • Trump Ends Obama-era War on Coal; Scraps Clean Power Plan

    10/14/2017 12:15:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Associatoin of Mature American Citizens ^ | October 13, 2017 | John Grimaldi
    WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 13 – “The ‘climate changers’ came out in full force when the EPA announced earlier this week that it was ending the Obama-era war on coal by scrapping Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan. But, America has the world’s largest reserves of coal—an asset that should not be dismissed out of hand for a variety of reasons, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].Weber says that extreme restrictions on the use of coal to generate electricity “acted like a national energy tax. They minimized the positive impact of our lowest cost and...
  • North Sea Oil Squeezed as U.S. Ships Crude Like Never Before

    10/11/2017 8:35:36 AM PDT · by Oatka · 18 replies
    Bloomberg via gCaptain ^ | Oct 10 2017 | Javier Blas, Laura Hurst and Julian Lee
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  • Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

    10/09/2017 6:24:05 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 9/10/17 | Michael Biesecker and Adam Beam
    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration's move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Speaking Monday in the coal-mining state of Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would be issuing a new set of rules overriding the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's drive to curb global climate change. "The war on coal is over," Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to "declare war on any sector of our...
  • EPA Chief Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power-Plan Rule: ‘The War Against Coal Is Over’

    10/09/2017 2:11:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/09/17 | Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky on Monday that he will move to repeal a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants, assuring them, “The war against coal is over.” Speaking at an event in Hazard, Ky., with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pruitt said his agency will publish the new proposed rule Tuesday. “Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I’ll be a signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule,” Pruitt said.
  • Loss for Obama, victory for coal: EPA to formally repeal Clean Power Plan

    10/08/2017 9:31:35 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/06/2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Trump administration this week is expected to formally repeal the Clean Power Plan, taking direct aim at former President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy and delivering a major win for the coal industry. A draft proposal of the Environmental Protection Agency’s looming decision, leaked late last week and posted online, says the plan — which would have limited carbon emissions from power plants and, in the process, drastically reduced the amount of coal-generated electricity in the U.S. — goes beyond the bounds of federal law and unnecessarily hikes energy prices for consumers. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, as Oklahoma’s attorney...
  • Administration favors change in electricity pricing

    10/01/2017 12:10:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2017 6:06 PM EDT | David Koenig
    The Trump administration is pushing for changes in the way electricity is priced to better reward coal and nuclear power, which face growing competition from natural gas and renewables. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Friday called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act within 60 days to adopt rules raising payments to power plants that are considered more resilient. He maintained that a diverse mix of energy sources would strengthen the power grid, especially during natural disasters, by ensuring an adequate supply of backup power. The decline of traditional sources of power, on the other hand, would undermine reliability....
  • Colorado’s electricity rates continue to rise

    09/18/2017 8:23:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | September 16, 2017 | Amy Cooke, Grant Mandigora
    In 2001, Colorado electricity consumers enjoyed some of the lowest electric rates in the country. The 15 years since haven’t been so kind to ratepayers. For more than a decade, elected officials, PUC commissioners, industry and advocates have told Colorado ratepayers that they could transform the state’s electricity generation away from coal and toward industrial wind, solar and natural gas with little cost to ratepayers. However, the actual numbers tell a much different story. Colorado electricity rates have risen sharply – 62.1 percent – across residential, commercial and industrial sectors, despite a slight decrease in recent years. Colorado electricity rates...
  • THE FUTURE OF ENERGY IS STILL . . . COAL

    08/29/2017 1:07:42 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 59 replies
    Powerline ^ | 8/29/2017
    Turns out if you look close you find out two things. First, in 1990, 88 percent of the world’s energy came from fossil fuels. After more than 25 years and over a trillion dollars in subsidies for “renewable” energy, in 2015 the world’s share of energy from fossil fuels was . . . 86 percent. (See figure immediately below.) At this rate, it will take 150 years to get fossil fuel energy down to 75 percent of the world’s total energy supply. I’m sure just $200 trillion in subsidies will do the trick.
  • US sends first shipment of coal to Ukraine

    08/23/2017 1:03:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | August 22, 2017 | Bermet Talant
    The first shipment of U.S. anthracite coal to Ukraine is now heading from the U.S. port Baltimore, with a ceremony to mark the launch of the trade broadcast live on Facebook by the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States on Aug. 21. Pennsylvania-based XCoal Energy and Resources signed a contract with Ukrainian state energy company Centerenergo on July 31, guaranteeing the provision of 700,000 tons of anthracite coal in the next few months. The deal followed talks by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s with U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s administration in June. The first shipment of 62,000 tons, which cost...