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  • Coal Producer Xinergy Files for Bankruptcy in Virginia

    04/17/2015 12:09:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    ROANOKE, VA (AP) -- Coal producer Xinergy Ltd. and more than two dozen subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Knoxville, Tennessee-based Xinergy filed a Chapter 11 petition last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Roanoke, Virginia. The petition lists zero to $50,000 in assets and about $100 million to $500 million in liabilities....
  • EPA Clean Power Plan Litigation Begins

    04/16/2015 12:49:39 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-16-15 | John Eick
    The first major step in what will likely be a long, drawn-out legal process will begin today, April 16. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments from 16 states and a handful of energy companies. The two consolidated cases led by the state of West Virginia and the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corporation seek to prevent EPA from finalizing the already proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). The two lawsuits contend that EPA cannot legally regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act since –...
  • GOP calls for temporary halt to EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    04/14/2015 8:17:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    washington times ^ | 4/14/15 | Ben Wolfgang
    Republicans’ latest attempt to slow the Obama administration’s climate change agenda calls for new regulations to be halted until all legal challenges are settled — an argument similar to the one President Obama has used when blocking the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has begun work on legislation that would temporarily stop implementation of the administration’s Clean Power Plan, designed to force states to dramatically cut carbon pollution. The pollution reductions envisioned by the Environmental Protection Agency could only be achieved by addressing emissions from power plants, particularly coal-fired facilities. More than a dozen states,...
  • Former UN Global Warming Chief: Coal Is ‘Essential’

    04/14/2015 8:27:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 4/14/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    With environmentalists calling for divestment from fossil fuels, the former United Nations climate chief has gone against the grain and defended using the “Green Climate Fund” to finance coal projects. “There are massive challenges in terms of poverty eradication where coal is a logical choice from a cost effectiveness point of view, and you really have to be in a position to offer those countries an economically viable alternative before you begin to rule out coal,” Yvo de Boer, the former head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, told the news site Responding to Climate Change (RCC). “It’s...
  • Japan Defies Obama — Plans On Building 43 Coal Plants

    04/13/2015 6:17:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/09/2015 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    As Japan promises the United Nations it will cut carbon dioxide emissions, the country simultaneously plans on building 43 coal-fired power projects to make up for shuttered nuclear power. Japan told the reporters it would cut carbon dioxide emissions 20 percent below 2013 levels by 2030, reports AFP. It joined a U.S.-led effort to build support for a global warming treaty to be approved this December in Paris. It’s an issue President Barack Obama has staked his legacy on, and is using whatever diplomatic tactics he can to get other countries to join him. So far, only 35 parties (when...
  • Routt County commissioners decry Colorado Senate's 'raid' on severance tax fund

    04/08/2015 6:53:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | April 8, 2015 | Tom Ross
    Steamboat Springs — Routt County commissioners are among local government officials in Colorado who are railing against the latest plans of the state legislature to appropriate $20 million from the mineral severance tax fund to balance the 2015-16 budget. "Since I’ve been a commissioner, this is the fourth or fifth time they’ve raided the severance tax to take care of the state’s budget, and to the detriment of local governments,” Routt County Commission Chairman Doug Monger said. “If we don’t make noise about it, it will become a normal event. We have to get out there and say ‘This really...
  • AEP prepares to close 6 coal-fired plants in 4 states

    04/07/2015 5:27:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 27 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 4/6/2015 | AP
    American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) is preparing to close six coal-fired power plants in four states on May 31 to comply with stricter federal emissions standards. Columbus, Ohio-based AEP recently gave notices of the closures to the states and to workers at the Philip Sporn, Kammer and Kanawha Valley plants in West Virginia, the Muskingum River Plant in Ohio, the Tanners Creek Plant in Indiana and the Glen Lyn Plant in Virginia. The notices are required by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. More than 250 workers will be affected by the plant shutdowns, which were announced by...
  • Odessa coal-to-gas power plant to break ground this year

    04/03/2015 4:53:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ryan Holeywell
    A new power plant in West Texas that could transform coal into cleaner-burning natural gas is poised to break ground later this year, an executive in charge of the project said at a conference in Houston Wednesday. The project, located on a 600-acre site in Odessa, uses coal as a feedstock for a 400 megawatt power plant. But instead of burning it, the plant uses a chemical process to first strip it of carbon, sulfur and mercury. The result, project leaders say, is a hydrocarbon that can fuel the power plan but burns even cleaner than natural gas — even...
  • New Regs Ignore Fact Fracking Doesn't Taint Well Water

    04/02/2015 9:03:55 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 2, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: New federal regulations on fracking on public land ignore a study documenting that methane found in well water is unrelated to the location of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells. When the Obama administration recently released its new regulations on fracking — regulations that it said were needed to keep up with the advance and success of the decades-old technology to meet public safety needs — the Independent Petroleum Association of America and Western Energy Alliance immediately filed suit, saying that the new regs were based on "unsubstantiated concerns" that lacked any scientific basis. "Hydraulic fracturing has been conducted...
  • ( WV ) Congressman’s STREAM Act Seeks to Reign in Anti-Coal Mining Agency

    03/30/2015 2:55:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Coal is pretty important to West Virginia. Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 95 percent of West Virginia's net electricity generation in 2013 and the state produces about 15 percent of all fossil fuel energy in the US. What’s more, the Mountain State leads the nation in underground coal mine production. One government agency seems poised to slow these miners down, but not if Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) can help it. “West Virginia is blessed to be abundant in natural resources," Mooney said. "Unfortunately, the President is intent on destroying coal as a domestic energy source.” Rep. Mooney introduced the...
  • Senate leader urges all 50 governors to not comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan

    03/27/2015 4:21:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 03/23/2015 | Barry Cassell
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a March 19 letter, called on the nation’s governors to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation that requires states to dramatically restructure their electricity systems based on how the agency thinks electricity should be produced and used in each state. The EPA’s demands under the proposed Clean Power Plan, McConnell noted, are “far beyond its legal authority.” In a letter to all 50 governors, McConnell wrote that he has “serious legal and policy concerns regarding the proposal.” McConnell asked the governors to “carefully review the consequences before signing up for...
  • UKRAINE: The OSCE caught Russia on theft: illegal charcoal exports from Ukraine

    03/26/2015 2:38:35 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 1 replies
    Glavred ^ | March 26, 08:25
    Dumpers with black gold pass through the checkpoint "Butane" and Donetsk. Russia steals a Ukrainian coal ukrainepress.ru Observation mission of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe, which is based on the Russian border crossings "Gukovo" and Donetsk in the Rostov region, said that continues to record the facts export to Russia of coal of Donbass. The weekly report of the Mission for the period from 18 to 25 March, UNIAN reports. "The Observer Mission has continued to monitor the dump trucks that transport coal from Luhansk oblast in the Russian Federation through the border pass" Gukovo, "the statement...
  • Environmental review of Gateway Pacific Terminal coal terminal delayed a year

    03/26/2015 5:31:15 AM PDT · by thackney
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | 3/25/2015 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    An environmental review of a proposed Washington coal port will be delayed until 2017, one year after the analysis was scheduled to be completed. The delay comes after the project's developer, SSA Marine, submitted an updated plan for the Gateway Pacific Terminal to the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers. SSA Marine acquired more land in the area of the proposed dock and reconfigured its site plan, said Bob Watters, a company executive. The move will reduce the project's overall footprint by 17 percent and its impact on wetlands by 49 percent, he said. "From an environmental standpoint, we thought it...
  • Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

    03/26/2015 5:27:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    AP via UT San Diego ^ | MARCH 25, 2015 | KARL RITTER and AIJAZ RAHI
    Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found. The AP reported in December that Japan had counted $1 billion in loans for coal plants in Indonesia as climate finance, angering critics who say such financing should be going to clean energy like solar and wind power. Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance. The Kudgi project has...
  • A “Wave of Bankruptcies” About To Hit Coal Industry

    03/20/2015 5:17:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 19 March 2015 | Nick Cunningham
    The future for the coal industry is looking “increasingly bleak,” according to an investor’s note from Macquarie Research. The analysis firm also said that “a wave of bankruptcies” appear to be just over the horizon as coal mining companies deal with mounting debt and a shrinking market. The coal markets have collapsed in spectacular fashion over the last few years due to a perfect storm of factors. U.S. coal producers first had to compete ferociously with shale gas in America’s electric power sector as fracking took off about a decade ago. That forced an array of coal plants to shut...
  • McConnell Urges States to Help Thwart Obama’s ‘War on Coal’

    03/19/2015 7:46:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 59 replies
    nytimes ^ | March 19, 2015 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has begun an aggressive campaign to block President Obama’s climate change agenda in statehouses and courtrooms across the country, arenas far beyond Mr. McConnell’s official reach and authority. The campaign of Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is aimed at stopping a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring states to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Once enacted, the rules could shutter hundreds of coal-fired plants in what Mr. Obama has promoted as a transformation of the nation’s energy economy away from fossil...
  • Obama’s Law School Professor: EPA Is ‘Burning The Constitution’

    03/17/2015 10:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    resident Obama has found himself at odds with his old law school mentor over the Environmental Protection Agency. Laurence Tribe, a liberal constitutional scholar at Harvard University, told House lawmakers that EPA carbon dioxide regulations are tearing the Constitution apart. “EPA possesses only the authority granted to it by Congress,” Tribe told lawmakers in a hearing Tuesday. “Its gambit here raises serious questions under the separation of powers… because EPA is attempting to exercise lawmaking power that belongs to Congress and judicial power that belongs to the federal courts.” “Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy...
  • EPA Rules To Force 85 Coal-Fired Generators To Close By The End Of This Year

    03/13/2015 2:41:44 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | march 10, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Energy companies are preparing to shut down nearly 16 gigawatts of power by the end of this year as the deadline for compliance with new federal environmental regulations looms. In total, some 85 coal-fired generating units at 36 locations are expected to close in the coming months in part because of Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The largest set of retirements is set for June, when electricity demand starts to peak as Americans turn on their air conditioners for the summer. Most of these retirements will come from coal-fired power plants in Appalachia. “We are currently showing nearly 300 GW of...
  • The EPA Thinks You’re Stupid

    03/11/2015 11:23:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/11/15 | Alan Caruba
    The Clean Power Plan is really about no power or far more costly power in those states where the EPA has been shutting down coal-fired plants that not long ago provided fifty percent of all the electricity in the nation. The folks at the Environmental Protection Agency, starting with a long line of its administrators that now includes Gina McCarthy, think you and the Congress of the United States are stupid. They have been telling lies for so long they can’t imagine that their chokehold on the American economy will ever end. It is, however, coming to an end and...
  • ( Mesa ) County signals its intent to sue over sage grouse ( Colorado )

    03/10/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Grand Junction - DAILY SENTINEL ^ | March 10, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners have thrown their first jab in a growing fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the department’s decision last November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Commissioners on Monday approved and signed a notice of intent to sue the federal government for listing the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened and for designating a critical habitat for the bird in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The notice of intent to sue claims the listings are improper because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service noted the Gunnison sage-grouse population in the Gunnison Basin is “stable...
  • OPINION: States Can Help Stop The Obama EPA’s War On Coal

    03/05/2015 9:53:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/05/2015 | Nancy Pfotenhauer
    While the nation’s capital is in the single digits, Americans more than ever want policies that promote affordable and reliable energy. Although this country has abundant energy options, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama have once again engaged in an energy policy that eschews reason by picking industry winners and losers. In this case, the real loser is sadly the American consumer who may be forced into higher utility costs and less reliable sources of energy.Contrary to the President and the EPA, regulations that eliminate American coal are the wrong policies introduced at the worst possible time. According...
  • New York-Style Fracking Ban Defeated by Colorado Task Force

    02/24/2015 7:16:19 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | February 24, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    An activist who was using his position on Colorado’s oil and gas task force to push for a New York-style ban on oil and natural gas development has given up on the fringe proposal for lack of support, according to documents released by state officials overnight. The proposal’s demise is yet another defeat for national anti-fracking groups in Colorado, such as Food and Water Watch and the Sierra Club, which are desperately trying to reboot their failed campaign for an effective statewide oil and gas development ban. It’s also a reminder of how outside of New York, the “ban fracking”...
  • Why oil is the 'canary in the coal mine': Analyst

    02/20/2015 11:15:48 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Since economies drive commodity prices, not the other way around, the collapse in oil is more of a demand issue than it appears, said Stephen Schork, founder and editor of The Schork Report newsletter. The influential oil analyst told CNBC on Friday that there's an "absolute glut" in crude, but the demand side of the equation can't be overlooked. "When you have such a sharp fall in commodity prices, that's because of economic demand. And I think that's a very worrisome telltale." "Oil prices are the canary in the coal mine," Schork said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "I don't...
  • West Virginia Combined Cycle Plant Will Be First to Burn Ethane and Natural Gas

    02/18/2015 8:24:46 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Power ^ | 02/17/2015 | Gail Reitenbach
    On Monday, the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the siting certificate for Moundsville Power LLC to construct a 549-MW combined cycle natural gas power plant in Marshall County. It will be the first to also burn ethane. The company is also touting the project’s role in helping to offset the effect of area coal plant closings. With the PSC approval in hand, Moundsville Power’s next step is financing. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015, and the plant is expected to be operational in early 2018. The Moundsville Power facility will be a wholesale generator for the...
  • Mesa County takes step toward suit over grouse listing ( Colorado )

    02/18/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners on Tuesday directed Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman to draft a notice of intent to sue the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Gunnison County filed its own notice of intent in December to bring civil action against the Fish and Wildlife Service for, the county believes, improperly listing the bird as a threatened species and naming Gunnison County and acreage in a handful of other Colorado and Utah counties, including Mesa, as critical habitat for the sage-grouse. Mesa County decided to follow with its...
  • The White House walks away from clean coal

    02/18/2015 4:23:44 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | 1/17/2015 | MATTHEW PHILLIPS, JIM SNYDER AND MARK DRAJEM
    On the banks of the Illinois River, about 60 miles west of the state capital in Springfield, an old coal-fired power plant sits waiting for its future to arrive. First opened in 1948, it's been dormant since 2011, when its owner, St. Louis-based Ameren, shut down the plant rather than retrofit it to meet federal standards. Last year workers came to give it a makeover. Using almost $1 billion in stimulus money, the project was supposed to become the poster child for clean-coal technology. Rather than spewing into the sky, the carbon dioxide produced as the plant burned coal would...
  • Report shows coal’s big role in northwest Colorado

    02/17/2015 7:30:43 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 16, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Coal is a small part of Colorado’s economy as a whole, but nearly half of the statewide industry is based in far northwest Colorado, where it helps boost average household income higher than the average for the state as a whole. ... While coal mining directly accounts for 4.6 percent of the region’s total employees, at 1,545 jobs, it makes up more than 17 percent of the region’s total economic output, says the report, by Broomfield economist Gary Horvath. Another 571 people are directly employed in the region’s electrical power generation industry, which is supplied by locally generated coal, and...
  • South African Electricity Supply Infrastructure Crumbles...

    02/09/2015 5:40:41 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 23 replies
    The New Observer ^ | FEBRUARY 4, 2015 | TNO STAFF— IN AFRICA
    Only sixteen percent of blacks in the sprawling South African township of Soweto, Johannesburg, pay for their electricity, while South Africa’s electricity supply infrastructure is rapidly crumbling due to incompetent Third World management and lack of maintenance. The situation is so dire that local media have now reported that the government has been briefed on emergency measures in the event of a total national electricity blackout. The extent of the problem was graphically revealed when late last year, shock photographs—taken in secret by one of the employees of the state-run Electricity Supply Commission (Eskom)—were leaked of one of the country’s...
  • Obama administration shuts down Bush’s ‘clean coal’ project

    02/04/2015 8:42:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/15 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration has shut down a Bush administration federal project aimed at demonstrating “clean coal” technology. The $1.7 billion FutureGen 2.0 project was meant to build a coal-fired power plant in Illinois that captures carbon and pumps it underground. Congress authorized $1.1 billion toward the project in 2009 as a continuation of a 2003 project Bush proposed. “The U.S. Department of Energy has directed the suspension of FutureGen 2.0 project development activities,” Ken Humphreys, head of the public-private FutureGen Alliance developing the plant, said in a Tuesday statement. “The DOE has concluded that there is insufficient time to complete...
  • EPA turning regulatory eyes to natural gas, expert says

    02/04/2015 5:30:06 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | February 4, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    A former Environmental Protection Agency regulator warns that while the Obama administration now has coal in its crosshairs, natural gas is next in line. David Schnare cites a proposed rule on methane emissions as one of the ways President Obama and the EPA will clamp down on natural gas. The 33-year EPA veteran, who once sued utilities for coal-fired plants that didn’t meet Clean Air Act standards, is director of the Center of Energy and Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. Schnare said the EPA — as part of its “Clean Power Plan” rule that would...
  • Energizing an energy policy

    02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ed Fuelner
    If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home. While the government is busy micromanaging the energy industry — trying to saddle it with more regulations while showering favors on so-called “green” companies — the free market is showing how to actually get things done....
  • US coal prices hit six-year low

    02/01/2015 5:04:22 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 7:59:35 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian tycoons. A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president...
  • EPA Putting Electricity Grid At Risk

    01/23/2015 11:58:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 22, 2015 | Mike Duncan
    When the temperature dips below freezing, reliable electricity becomes more than a matter of convenience but a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, the reliability of our electric grid is at-risk due to EPA regulations that are shutting down America’s coal plants.Existing EPA regulations already have led to the scheduled shutdown of nearly 20 percent of the U.S. coal fleet. EPA’s newest carbon regulations being finalized this summer will lead to even more shutdowns. With coal responsible for generating nearly 40 percent of America’s electricity, these shutdowns will further strain our nation’s electricity grid and could leave many Americans in...
  • Environmental Groups Seeking More Protection For Sage Grouse ( CO & Utah )

    01/20/2015 5:15:34 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | January 20, 2015 | Donna Bryson
    Two environmentalist groups filed suit Tuesday seeking stronger protection for a bird found only in Colorado and Utah ... The Center for Biological Diversity and the Western Watersheds Project said in court papers that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should go back and produce an “adequate finding” on the status of the Gunnison sage grouse ... The threatened designation could result in restrictions on oil and gas drilling, agriculture, recreational and other land uses. ... both camps will be watching litigation closely, in part to see how it might influence policy on the more common greater sage grouse. The...
  • Threatened bird showing up at higher elevations [ Colorado: yellow-billed cuckoo ]

    01/20/2015 6:54:00 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 19, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Expert says western yellow-billed cuckoo may be more prevalent than first thought. Paonia ornithologist Jason Beason likes to say that there are a lot of cuckoos out there. The line is good for laughs at presentations like the talks he gave in the Roaring Fork Valley last week, and it accurately reflects the fact that dozens of species of cuckoos populate the Earth in both the Old and New Worlds. These include birds people might not immediately think of as being cuckoos, such as the greater roadrunner in the southwestern United States. But in the case of the cuckoo of...
  • Some coal plant exports should get financial aid: EU policy paper

    01/17/2015 11:50:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:33am EST | Barbara Lewis
    European makers of equipment for coal-fired power plants should receive financial help to export it, an EU discussion paper seen by Reuters says, in a clash with the bloc’s declared aim to lead the global fight against climate change. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, emitting around twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas when used to generate power. As a result, the European Union is phasing out subsidies for domestic coal plants by 2018 and the European Investment Bank has set an emissions limit for the energy for which it provides preferential loans, meaning coal is excluded....
  • Price of Electricity Hit Record High in U.S. in 2014

    01/16/2015 3:00:06 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 16, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Even as gasoline prices plummeted and the overall energy price index calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics declined, electricity prices bucked the trend in the United States in 2014. Data released today by the BLS indicates that the electricity price indexes hit all-time highs for the month of December and for the year. 2014 was the most-expensive year ever for electricity in the United States. The annual price index for electricity, published by BLS today, was 208.020. That was up from 200.750 in 2013. ... The average price for a kilowatt hour of electricity in the United States was...
  • Secretary Jewell Unveils Greater Sage Grouse Plan

    01/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. “Targeted action is urgently needed to...
  • Electric Cars Worse For Health, Environment, Than Gas-Powered, Study Claims

    12/28/2014 3:28:47 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 99 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | December 28, 2014 06:27 GMT | Julian Marshall, University of Minnesota
    Think electric cars are the only form of transportation that can save the world from the dangers of the gas-powered engine? A new study warns that they could actually have the opposite effect. Gannett’s Cincinnati website cites the findings of a study to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences next week. In it, co-author and University of Minnesota engineering professor Julian Marshall explains the findings. “It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline [for the environment]… A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.” Electric cars...
  • Without Coal Lease Bonus Money, State Seeks New School Construction Revenue

    12/22/2014 5:01:36 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Wyoming Public Media ^ | DEC 19, 2014 | AARON SCHRANK
    The state agency responsible for building and maintaining Wyoming’s K-12 schools will face huge revenue shortfalls in the years ahead. That’s according to a report by University of Wyoming economists. The vast majority of school construction funding comes from coal lease bonus payments—and those revenues are expected to dry up completely in 2017. The School Facilities Department expects to spend half as much in 2019 and 2020 as its spending now—as the state shifts from building schools to maintaining them. But in the same period, the associated revenues are expected to drop by 95 percent. The UW report found that...
  • Feds set standards to regulate coal ash

    12/19/2014 11:53:50 AM PST · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 12/19/2014 | Michael Collins
    Six years after a devastating coal ash spill in Roane County, the federal government is putting in place standards to regulate ash from coal-fired power plants as a nonhazardous material, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The new rules, the first-ever federal regulations for the storage and disposal of coal ash, would require industries to install liners and put in place other safeguards for new and existing storage ponds. Groundwater monitoring systems would have to be installed to detect pollutants, any existing contamination would have to be cleaned up immediately, and impoundments that are already polluting groundwater above health-safety...
  • Wyoming lawmakers back bill to promote coal exports

    12/19/2014 5:27:35 AM PST · by thackney
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | 12/18/2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming could help finance the construction of a coal export dock in the Pacific Northwest, according to the executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. Loyd Drain said he had a "serious" conversation with an unidentified party in the past six months about the possibility of financing a coal port. His comments come as state lawmakers ready a bill that would boost the WIA's borrowing authority to $3 billion and allow the agency to work on projects outside Wyoming. "If our ability to provide the financing for a facility is the catalyst to get the dang thing built, then we’ll...
  • Global Warming, Empty Gestures

    12/18/2014 6:37:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of "the science" yet focus on ideology more than tangible results. Their language is downright evangelical. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media's use of the term "climate skeptic." They released a statement that concluded, "Please stop using the word 'skeptic' to describe deniers." Deniers? Like Judas? Why,...
  • Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

    12/17/2014 10:03:02 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 112 replies
    ALBANY — The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks... That conclusion was delivered publicly during a year-end cabinet meeting called by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Albany. It came amid increased calls by environmentalists to ban fracking, which uses water and chemicals to release natural gas trapped in deeply buried shale deposits.
  • Scott Walker to EPA: Take Your Clean Power Plan and Keep Walking

    12/16/2014 9:13:50 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    pjmedia,com ^ | 12/16/2014 | Rod Kackley
    The nation’s state legislatures are about to become embroiled in a battle of epic proportions as they line up on either side of the debate over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The struggle could define the future of, and indeed the very existence of, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisc.), 49 members of the Wisconsin Legislature and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin are part of a nationwide, state legislative backlash against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. EPA officials proposed the plan in June 2014. It is designed to reduce carbon greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel fired...
  • State Senate leader: Divest in coal to fight global warming

    12/16/2014 6:44:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 16, 2014 | Carla Marinucci
    With Republicans threatening to shove climate change to the back seat as they take control of the U.S. Senate, state officials including Gov. Jerry Brown huddled with one of the nation’s leading Democratic donors Monday to talk up ways to keep it on California’s agenda — including legislation that could send a shiver through the coal industry. The state Senate’s top leader said at an Oakland forum organized by billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer that he’s planning to introduce a measure next year to require the state’s public-employee pension funds to sell their coal-related investments.
  • 175 to be laid off at SunCoke facilities (War on Coal continues!)

    12/15/2014 8:38:25 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    TriCities.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Allie Robinson Gibson
    VANSANT, Va. -- Some 175 miners at three SunCoke Energy facilities were laid off today after their mines were idled, company officials announced this afternoon. The Dominion No. 36 mine and parts of the Dominion No. 7 and Dominion No. 30 mines have been idled, said Steve Carlson, spokesman for SunCoke. He said those mines are all in far Southwest Virginia. The move is a step in SunCoke's ultimate plan to exit the coal-production business, Carlson said. The announcement also included plans to reduce production at the Jewell Coke plant in Vansant. "At this point, the plan is to look...
  • Why Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

    12/15/2014 2:48:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 98 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
    People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline."