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  • House approves coal deregulation bill in last act before election

    09/21/2012 9:32:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/21/2012 | Pete Kasperowicz and Ben Geman
    The House approved a bill Friday morning that would significantly deregulate the coal industry, in a vote that was the last legislative act of the House before the November election. The Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409, was approved in a 233-175 vote, although as usual, the bill many Democrats described as anti-environmental still found some Democratic support — 19 Democrats voted for it. The legislation is a combination of five bills that would overturn or prevent an array of regulations that Republicans say would harm the coal industry and the economy. Among other things, it would block...
  • Appalachia coal mine closures strain ministry centers

    09/21/2012 7:32:35 AM PDT · by Outside da Box · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 9/19/2012 | Dannah Prather
    Ministries in Appalachia are bracing for a tough winter as hundreds of residents have been furloughed or lost their jobs because of cutbacks in coal production amid the nation's changing energy industry. A single employer, Arch Coal, laid off 750 workers across Appalachia in August. Other companies have been forced to idle employees or close operations.
  • Coal: The Rock That Burns

    09/19/2012 12:12:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 03.07.12 | Ed Hiserodt
    “Load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt… ” — Tennessee Ernie Ford Coal is very low on the scale of subjects for ballads or charming folklore. Like Rodney Dangerfield, it just doesn’t get any respect. What does a naughty boy get in his Christmas stocking? A lump of coal. As a career, few brave souls outside Appalachia would have a goal in life of riding a rail car several miles — down several thousand feet below the surface — to attack the “face” of a coal seam. The thought terrifies me —...

    09/18/2012 1:07:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/18/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    Coal miners listen to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Beallsville, Ohio. Allen Black is a casualty in the Obama administration’s war on coal.He worked in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky for two decades earning upwards of $70,000 a year and was financially secure enough to help support his son’s pre-medical studies at a private university.After losing his job on April 29, Black had no choice but to clear out his retirement savings to supplement his only income of $350 a week in unemployment and is now struggling to take care of his family at home, in addition to...
  • Alpha closing 8 mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all (War on Coal)

    09/18/2012 5:55:35 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies ^ | September 18, 2012 | WVVA
    Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said Tuesday it's cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide, including 400 with the immediate closing of eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The mine shutdowns start Tuesday, while the rest of the layoffs will be completed by the end of the first quarter after Alpha fulfills current sales obligations, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crutchfield said. In all, the layoffs amount to nearly a tenth of Alpha's 13,000-person work force. Alpha said it is closing four mines in West Virginia, three in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania. They are...
  • Coal: Obama's Kryptonite

    09/10/2012 1:27:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 10, 2012 | Jim Ellis
    In a presidential election that appears headed for a photo finish, it may be coal that transforms itself into political black gold for Republican nominee Mitt Romney and into kryptonite for President Barack Obama. While the president's economic policies have devastated several industries, it is the coal producers who are strategically located and have the opportunity and ability to become a real force in this campaign. The main reason behind the mineral's potential election-determining power is that most of the coal-producing voters reside in traditionally Democratic counties and precincts. Ohio and Virginia, and possibly Pennsylvania, are potentially so electorally close...
  • Guess Who Loves Coal Fired Power Plants

    09/07/2012 6:20:18 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 62 replies ^ | 8/28/2012 | Ammoland
    While the U.S. is either closing coal fired powered plants or forcing them to change to much more expensive natural gas, Germny is pressing ahead with coal fired generation of electricity. Has Germany abandoned its efforts to be "green"? No, but the rising costs and unreliablity of "green" electricity has some German government ministers concerned. Go to the link and read the rest of the article with the excerpt below: "He (Altmaier) is also worried that his country could become dependent on foreign imports of electricity, the mainstay of its industrial sector. To avoid that risk, Altmaier has given the...
  • Congressman Morgan Griffith Statement on Closure of Buchanan Mine (in Virginia)

    09/04/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Office of Congressman Morgan Griffith ^ | September 4, 2012 | Congressman Morgan Griffith
    Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after learning that CONSOL Energy will temporarily idle, effective today, its Buchanan Mine in Southwest Virginia: “With this Administration’s ongoing war on coal, unfortunately, today’s extremely disappointing news doesn’t come as a surprise. Our economy is struggling. With current policies, the down economy is not going to improve soon. Obviously, this means that construction, including items built with steel, have been put on hold. This Administration has been clear about one thing, it is not serious about using our own energy resources, thus inviting other countries to increase their production of coal....
  • 3 Coal-Powered W. V. Plants to Shut Down

    09/04/2012 5:03:18 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 96 replies
    WVVA,.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | Rachel Lucas
    Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia will soon stop generating electricity. The last day of power generation for FirstEnergy Corp.'s plants in Albright, Rivesville and Willow Island was scheduled for Saturday. FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said the plants would be deactivated by the end of the day. Officials say some workers likely will remain on the job for a short period. They will deactivate the plants and take care of permits and environmental regulations. The plants employ a total 210 workers. FirstEnergy also plans to close six coal-fired operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The Ohio-based utility attributes the...
  • CHP Industry Hails White House Executive Order Supporting Combined Heat & Power

    08/30/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    United Business Media ^ | 8-30-12 | PR Newswire
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The U.S. Clean Heat & Power Association (U.S. CHP Association) today praised the Obama Administration for today's Executive Order, "Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency," which calls for a national combined heat and power deployment goal of an additional 40GW by 2020. Currently supplying twelve percent (12%) of U.S. energy capacity, CHP systems can reach efficiencies above eighty percent (80%). There is approximately 82 GW of CHP installed in the U.S. and industry estimates indicate the technical potential for additional CHP at existing sites in the U.S. is approximately 130 GW (plus...
  • U.S. court strikes down EPA rule on coal pollution

    08/21/2012 4:10:10 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/21/2012 | Valerie Volcovici
    A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday overturned a key Obama administration rule to reduce harmful emissions from coal-burning power plants, sparking a rally in coal company shares and relief among utility firms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 2-1 decision that the Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its mandate with the rule, which was to limit sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants in 28 mostly Eastern states and Texas. In the latest setback for the EPA, the court sent the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule back for revision, telling the agency to...
  • No Means No: EPA Told Again Not to Regulate Through Guidance

    08/21/2012 3:28:09 PM PDT · by EBH · 9 replies
    Marten Law ^ | 8/16/12 | Jeff Kray
    The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that U.S. EPA overstepped its authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA)[1] and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) and infringed on state authority under those statutes when it issued a “Final Guidance” for so-called mountain-top removal coal mining. National Min. Ass’n v. Jackson (National Mining).[2] Specifically, the Final Guidance called out certain CWA permits for additional environmental review and to implement (among other things) acceptable “conductivity” levels for streams impacted by coal mining. The district court’s recent decision follows a decision in October 2011 by the...
  • Mongolia’s Coal Development Policies Tied to Reducing Proportion of [Red] Chinese Investment

    08/20/2012 9:17:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    On August 22-25, 2012, Dai Bingguo, Chinese State Councilor and top national security advisor to President Hu Jintao, will go to Ulaanbaatar to meet newly installed Mongolian government and Parliamentary leaders. This visit may be a reaction to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s July 9 trip and the 7th annual Khaan Quest joint exercise of the Mongolian Armed forces in partnership with the Alaska National Guard for the US Army Pacific Command (USARPAC), occurring on August 11-23. However, more likely Dai’s timing is governed by a growing crisis in Sino-Mongolian mineral trade and investment. Ovoot Tolgoi mine, Mongolia Propelled...
  • Can Mitt seize Ohio opportunity?

    08/19/2012 10:54:23 AM PDT · by NCjim · 43 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 18, 2012 | Salena Zito
    Seventy-plus men walked out of the ground, overalls and hardhats covered in coal dust, and onto the risers of a stage built for a Mitt Romney speech. To onlookers, mostly press and staffers, the image was stunning. To the 2,600 family members gathered in the gravel parking lot or under tents, eating hot dogs and drinking pop, it was a moment of immense pride. This is what we do, said Tim Wiles: “We make things. We provide energy for the state, food for our families, and businesses are sustained around the county because they make money from us.” The 54-year-old...
  • Wow! Hundreds of Ohio Coal Miners Stand in Line for Mitt Romney

    08/19/2012 5:54:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/19/12 | Jim Hoft
    Hundreds of coal miners and their families stand in line while waiting to attend a rally at the Century Mine near Beallsville, Ohio, for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012.
  • Republican Candidates Campaign Against Obama’s “War on Coal”

    08/17/2012 5:50:55 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | 8/17/2012 | Brian Koenig
    Combating the Environmental Protection Agency’s flurry of new regulations on coal and other energy resources has become a campaign platform for Republicans in key battleground states. GOP contenders in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are directing their focus to the Obama administration’s anti-coal policies, while blaming their Democratic rivals for bolstering the EPA’s intrusive regulatory efforts. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) recently launched a pro-coal campaign positioning 150 billboards in six different swing states aimed to underscore President Obama’s purported opposition to the coal industry. “Too many lawmakers in Washington have ignored President Barack Obama’s War on Coal,”...
  • The American Working Class Can't Afford "Green Energy"

    08/10/2012 8:34:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | August 10, 2012 | Kevin C. Caffrey
    President Obama is on his way to killing the coal industry in the United States. Before Barack Obama became President he was quoted, stating that he would, "bankrupt the coal industry." The United Mining Association states that 50% of electricity used in the United States comes from coal. To put that into perspective according to UMA each person in the United States consumes 3.4 tons of coal in a year. The United Mining Association states that the demand for coal in 2010 was 1.05 billion tons, and ninety percent of that coal was used in the United States. The United...
  • Coal Miners’ Union Sits Out Presidential Race

    08/09/2012 6:57:15 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 49 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 9,2012 | Amy Harder
    After giving then-Sen. Barack Obama a full-throttled endorsement in the 2008 presidential election, the United Mine Workers of America has decided not to endorse either Obama or the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2012. “As of right now, we’ve elected to stay out of this election,” said Mike Caputo, a UMWA official and a Democratic member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. “Our members right now have indicated to stay out of this race, and that’s why we’ve done that.... I don’t think quite frankly that coalfield folks are crazy about either candidate.” Both candidates are trying to...
  • Brilliant, Ohio coal plant mine[*] closes: guess why?

    08/07/2012 4:34:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    Red State ^ | Moe Lane
    Well, your ability to guess why the Murray Energy Corporation today announced that it is closing a mine in Brilliant, Ohio will be largely dependent on whether you rely on local news or not. If you’re just paying attention to local news… you won’t be told at all why a coal mine that employed 239 people at its peak laid off 24 of its remaining 56 employees today, with the remaining to be (hopefully) integrated into the company elsewhere; in fact, you won’t even be told that the mine employed that many people directly. But if you go to the...
  • Black Hills to shutter some coal-fired plants

    08/07/2012 5:35:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 27 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 7, 2012 | Associated Press
    Black Hills Corp. said Monday that its utilities will close some older coal-fired power plants because it would cost too much to bring them in compliance with new federal and state environmental regulations. The company said its Colorado Electric subsidiary will idle a plant in Canon City, Colo... The Black Hills Power subsidiary will suspend operations Aug. 31 at a coal-fired unit in Rapid City, S.D., and retire the plant in March 2014. It also plans to retire plants near Gillette and Osage, Wyo., in March 2014...