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  • Bill Clinton takes on protesters in coal country

    05/14/2016 10:12:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2016 at 4:18 PM | Karen Tumulty
    The booing was nearly as loud as the cheering when Bill Clinton stepped to the microphone in this remote mountain hamlet deep in the depressed heart of coal country. In the audience at the local elementary school Thursday night was a sizable contingent of coal miners and their families, many wearing helmets and T-shirts declaring their support for Donald Trump. [Ö] The event here was Bill Clintonís fourth in a long day of campaigning across Kentucky, where his wife faces a similar backlash in next weekís primary. Ö
  • Navajo Nation In Crisis As EPA Tries To Shutter The Westís Largest Coal Plant

    05/04/2016 9:23:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/4/2016 | Joseph Hammond
    The Navajo residents of Page, Ariz., have gotten to the point where they openly worry their modest rush hour may end altogether. The rush hour consists of only a few hundred cars carrying 520 people out to the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), heading down a windy road to the coal-fired power plant, which is dramatically positioned on a ridge a mile from the shores of Lake Powell, the second largest man-made reservoir in the United States. The Navajo coal plantís lease is set to expire in 2019, pending complex negotiations aimed at extending operations until 2044. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
  • Obama says 'spirit of innovation' turns ideas into jobs

    04/25/2016 1:33:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2016 4:31 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama it putting in a few good words for the ďspirit of innovationĒ that he says turns ideas into jobs and growth. He commented Monday before setting out on a tour of the Hannover Messe, the worldís largest industrial technology trade show, taking place in Hannover, Germany. The U.S. is sponsoring this yearís show and Obama says itís another chance to urge people to buy ďMade in America.Ē Ö
  • SunEdison files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    04/21/2016 7:39:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:04am EDT | Arathy S. Nair
    U.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, becoming one of the largest non-financial companies to do so in the past 10 years. Once the fastest-growing U.S. renewable energy developer, SunEdison embarked on an aggressive acquisition strategy that left it struggling with $12 billion in debt. In its bankruptcy filing, the company said it had assets of $20.7 billion and liabilities of $16.1 billion as of Sept. 30. Although solar project developers such as SunEdison continue to benefit from robust demand, their shares have been hit by investor concerns that demand could fall in...
  • WH Science Advisor: Farmers, Construction Workers Will Die From Climate Change

    04/04/2016 1:10:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 74 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 4, 2016 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - White House Science Advisor John Holdren says because of the impacts of climate change, agricultural and construction workers ďwill basically be unable to control their body temperature and will die.Ē ďIn some parts of the world, when you look more broadly at this question, you see the likelihood that in the hottest times of the year it will be simply physiologically impossible to work outdoors,Ē Holdren said at a White House event on climate change Monday. ďThat means agriculture, that means construction, people who try to work outdoors will basically be unable to control their body temperature and...
  • The 'War on Coal' will be expensive

    03/30/2016 7:42:52 AM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 25 replies
    tyler telegraph ^ | 3/29/16 | tyler telegraph
    President Obama openly declared war on coal in his last State of the Union address. And itís going to be a very, very expensive war. ďNow weíve got to accelerate the transition away from old, dirtier energy sources,Ē Obama said. ďRather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future - especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels. We do them no favor when we donít show them where the trends are going. Thatís why Iím going to push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they...
  • Obama-Backed Solar Plant Could Be Shut Down For Not Producing Enough Energy(WTH!?)

    03/18/2016 8:41:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/17/2016 | Michael Bastasch
    California regulators may force a massive solar thermal power plant in the Mojave Desert to shut down after years of under-producing electricity ó not to mention the plant was blinding pilots flying over the area and incinerating birds. The Ivanpah solar plant could be shut down if state regulators donít give it more time to meet electricity production promises it made as part of its power purchase agreements with utilities, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ivanpah, which got a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the Obama administration, only produced a fraction of the power state regulators expected it would....
  • Facing backlash, Clinton says coal still has a future

    03/14/2016 7:46:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2016 5:51 PM EDT | Adam Beam and Jonathan Mattise
    Facing a backlash from Appalachian Democrats, Hillary Clintonís campaign on Monday tried to reaffirm her commitment to coal communities one day after declaring on national television she was going to ďto put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.Ē Clintonís comments came during a Sunday night appearance on CNN, where she was asked a question about how her policies would benefit poor white people in southern states who generally vote Republican. [Ö] Clinton was touting a plan she released last year that would set aside $30 billion to protect the health benefits for coal miners and...
  • Hillary Boasts to Audience: ďWeíre Going to Put a Lot of Coal Miners and Coal Companies Out of WorkĒ

    03/13/2016 8:13:29 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 106 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | March 13, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    And, the liberal zombies sat there and nodded in agreement. Hillary Clinton bragged during her CNN town hall in Ohio that sheís going to put a lot of coal miners out of work. It should be no surprise that the Republican Party carries working class districts in America by a 2-1 margin. And working Middle Class Americans support Donald Trump.
  • Green energy policies bring power giant to Ä7 billion loss (Germanyís E.ON)

    03/09/2016 5:44:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 09 Mar 2016 13:55 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    German power giant E.ON on Wednesday said it booked a Ä7.0 billion ($7.7-billion) net loss in 2015 and warned that ďthe course ahead will be tougher and longer than anticipatedĒ. [Ö] German power utilities have complained that the countryís transition from conventional carbon fuels to greener, cleaner sources of energy is squeezing their margins. The cost of having to close down their nuclear power plants and the heavy subsidies afforded to renewable energy have pushed them deeply into the red, the companies argue. The glut of government-subsidized solar, wind and other renewable power has led to a collapse in wholesale...
  • Oregon lawmakers approve pioneering pro-climate coal bill

    03/02/2016 9:28:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 2016 9:00 PM EST | Kristena Hansen
    Oregon lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to pioneering legislation that will eliminate coal from the state's energy supply by 2030 and provide half of customers' power with renewable sources by 2040. [...] It makes Oregon the first state to eliminate coal by legislative action, and places it among a handful of other states with renewable energy standards 50 percent or higher. [...] GOP lawmakers voiced worry about the cost to consumers in the long run and questioned whether the benefits to the environment are being overstated. ...
  • Russia, Saudis tentatively offer to freeze oil output levels

    02/16/2016 3:13:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 16, 2016 5:50 AM EST
    Russia's energy ministry says it has agreed with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to freeze oil production levels if other producers do the same. [...] Getting other producers to go along with that could be tricky. Prices have fallen sharply slump in prices since summer 2014, leaving producers scrambling to win market share from competitors. ...
  • Sen. Durbin: ‚ÄėI Paid $1.51 A Gallon‚Äô ‚Äď ‚ÄėWe‚Äôre Missing An Opportunity‚Äô To Hike Gas Tax

    02/11/2016 10:32:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 9, 2016 | 11:27 AM EST | Eric Scheiner
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says, current gas prices have gone down and the government is "missing an opportunity" to increase the gas tax. At a press conference in Chicago on Friday Durbin said, "Two weeks ago I paid $1.51 a gallon for gasoline in downstate Illinois. Clearly, the price of gasoline has gone down dramatically, as has the price of a barrel of oil -- which I think is below $30." "I think we're missing an opportunity here -- a 5-cent increase in the federal gas tax can really fund an infrastructure program that can help create new jobs in...
  • Are Electric Cars Really Green? (Video)

    02/08/2016 12:30:59 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Prager University ^ | 2-8-2016 | Bjorn Lomborg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17xh_VRrnMU Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don't burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating "zero emissions." But do they really? Let's take a closer look. First, there's the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an...
  • The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed

    02/07/2016 8:37:18 AM PST · by Lorianne · 63 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 25 January 2016 | Sarah Zielinski
    The United States could lower carbon emissions from electricity generation by as much as 78 percent without having to develop any new technologies or use costly batteries, a new study suggests. There‚Äôs a catch, though. The country would have to build a new national transmission network so that states could share energy.‚ÄúOur idea was if we had a national ‚Äėinterstate highway for electrons‚Äô we could move the power around as it was needed, and we could put the wind and solar plants in the very best places,‚ÄĚ says study co-author Alexander MacDonald. Several years ago, MacDonald was curious about claims...
  • [Liz] Cheney runs for Wyoming's US House seat, to announce Monday

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

    01/27/2016 4:35:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 5:36 PM EST | Jonathan Mattisse
    The chief executive of one of the nation's largest coal producers, Murray Energy, made an emotional call Wednesday for steep cuts in state mining taxes to support an industry in free fall. Raising his voice frequently during a 38-minute speech, Robert Murray blasted politicians for "platitudes and lip service" as the coal industry sheds thousands of jobs and producers go bankrupt. He called on state leaders to drop the coal severance tax from 5 to 2 percent, saying coal has paid more than its fair share to West Virginia already. "These government officials can no longer say that they support...
  • Schlumberger to Cut 10,000 Jobs

    01/22/2016 8:26:14 AM PST · by stickandrudder · 12 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 01/22/2016 | Douglas A. McIntyre
    Energy industry layoffs have moved into six figures, a number bolstered by the decision of Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB) to cut 10,000 people. The company's financial results made the decision nearly inevitable. Schlumberger's earnings for 2015 included a revenue fall off of 27% to $35.5 billion. EPS dropped from $5.75 in 2014 to $3.37 this year, a plunge of 39%. Fourth-quarter results were worse. Revenue dropped 39% to $7.7 billion and EPS fell 57% to $0.65. The company did pick layoffs over investor benefits. Schlumberger will buy back $10 billion in shares under a new share repurchase program and approved a...
  • In Climate Move, Obama to Halt New Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands

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

    01/14/2016 5:04:56 PM PST · by grundle · 64 replies
    Scientific American ^ | December 13, 2007 | Mara Hvistendahl
    In fact, the fly ash emitted by a power plant - a by-product from burning coal for electricity - carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.
  • North Carolina uses unique tactic against new EPA power rule

    12/26/2015 3:01:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2015 8:48 AM EST | Jonathan Drew
    Already among the two-dozen states suing to overturn new power plant emission rules, North Carolina is picking a separate fight with the Environmental Protection Agency by adopting a plan for compliance the agency is likely to reject. State officials hope that will create a shortcut to a federal appeals court and head off any attempt by the EPA to drag out the court case while its rules get further entrenched. North Carolina's approach is unique because it splits the difference between the handful of states that have said they won't submit any plan to the EPA, and about a dozen...
  • Obama Says a New Tax Is 'The Most Elegant Way' to Stop Climate Change

    12/01/2015 9:36:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 48 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Dec. 1, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - At news conference in Paris on Tuesday, President Obama said "the most elegant way" to reduce carbon emissions is "to put a price on it." He was responding to a reporter who asked Obama, "I wonder if you see any political path back home toward putting a price on carbon?" "I have long believed that the most elegant way to drive innovation and to reduce carbon emissions is to put a price on it. This is a classic market failure," Obama replied. "If you open up an Econ 101 textbook, it will say the market's very good about...
  • Germans reluctant to go green, survey finds

    11/27/2015 4:54:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Nov 2015 16:03 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    87 percent of Germans see climate change as a threat to humans and nature, according to an online survey by research institute YouGov this week. But should oil and coal prices be raised to pay for the damage caused by climate change? Of the 2,048 Germans surveyed, less than half were in favor of this idea. Just 39 percent of Germans make an effort to save electricity, the survey found - while just 22 percent of respondents said they have reduced their car travel to lessen their impact on the climate. ...
  • Colorado‚Äôs skyrocketing electricity prices could get much worse

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

    08/10/2015 7:09:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/09/2015 | Stephen Moore
    Hereís todayís political quiz question: what do these five states ó Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Oregon and Maine ó have in common. Yes they are blue states ruled by Democrats, but thatís not all. These are the states that use the least amount of coal ó less than 2 percent ó for electric power. In fact, almost all of the states that are politically liberal and vote unfailingly Democratic are low coal use states. Washington, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are also in the top 10 states least reliant on coal. Only conservative Idaho is a red state with...
  • Obama to Crush Middle Class-New Program Will Force Energy Prices To Necessarily SkyRocket (VIDEO)

    08/02/2015 7:31:45 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 41 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 8/2/2015 | Jim Hoft
    We were warnedÖ In January 2008 Barack Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle: ď ďUnder my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Businesses would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that cost onto consumers.Ē He promised that his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket. He wasnít kidding. Now thisÖ Obama announced his new energy plan on Saturday that will squeeze energy companies and force consumer prices to necessarily skyrocket. Energy prices have risen 38 percent so far since 2001 thanks to Barack Obamaís progressive and anti-business agenda....
  • Natural gas surpasses coal as biggest US electricity source

    07/13/2015 10:49:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 12:56 PM EDT | Tom Murphy
    Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this spring, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. About 31 percent of electric power generation in April came from natural gas, and 30 percent from coal, according to a recently released report from the research company SNL Energy, which used data from the U.S. Energy Department. Nuclear power came in third at 20 percent. A drilling boom that started in 2008...
  • After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows

    06/30/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2015 7:55 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obamaís climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices arenít afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency. The high courtís ruling undermined Obama administration regulations targeting mercury and other hazardous air pollutantsóa different set of regulations from the greenhouse gas limits that Obama is counting on to slow the effects of global warming. Still, the courtís willingness to rein in the EPA emboldened opponents of Obamaís climate change agenda, who said the court had...
  • Coal-mine companies expect 2,267 layoffs

    05/23/2015 8:35:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch / The Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2015 | Jonathan Mattise
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. ó Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow on Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told 439 more Mountain State miners they could be out of work. The announcements continue a grim employment trend for the Appalachian coalfields. On Friday, St. Clairsville, Ohio-based Murray Energy said it told 1,417 workers at five West Virginia mines that their jobs must be eliminated....
  • GAO: Govít waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

    05/06/2015 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2015 6:09 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct production inspections for hundreds of high-priority oil and gas wellsóroughly 1 out of 5óto ensure full payment of royalties to the U.S. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, is the latest to highlight substantial gaps in oversight. An AP review of government records last May found the agency,...
  • Obama Highway Plan Paves Way For New Tolls Nationwide

    04/11/2015 10:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 1, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    A little-noted provision of President Obamaís highway funding proposal would lift the federal prohibition against states imposing new tolls on existing interstate highways. The GROW AMERICA Act would eliminate restrictions held in place since the creation of the Federal Interstate System, according to a summary of the planís provisions, allowing states that receive permission from the Secretary of Transportation to toll existing Interstate highways ďin order to make improvements or to manage congestion.Ē Since its creation in 1956, interstates have been funded primarily through fuel taxes, with tolls banned on all sections of highway built after that date, according to...
  • As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry

    04/04/2015 8:28:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 4/3/2015 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and MICHAEL WINES
    Many scientists disagree. They say those quakes, and thousands of others before and since, are mainly the work of humans, caused by wells used to bury vast amounts of wastewater from oil and gas exploration deep in the earth near fault zones. And they warn that continuing to entomb such huge quantities risks more dangerous tremors ó if not here, then elsewhere in the stateís sprawling well fields.
  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

    03/20/2015 10:41:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 12:51 PM EDT | Matthew Daly and Josh Lederman
    The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. A rule to take effect in June also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in fracking, a drilling method that has prompted an ongoing boom in natural gas production. The rule has been under consideration for more than three years, drawing criticism from the oil and gas industry and environmental groups. The industry fears the regulation could hinder the drilling boom, while some environmental groups worry...
  • The EPA Planning To Crack Down On Backyard Barbecues, Too?

    03/20/2015 10:00:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/20/2015 | John Merline
    Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton's EPA was pushing stricter air pollution rules, then-EPA administrator Carol Browner scoffed at complaints that the new rules would be so strict as to eventually ban backyard barbecues.
  • Obama to unveil fracking rules (Hurl)

    03/20/2015 8:36:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | March 19, 2015 | Elana Schor
    The Obama administration is set to unveil the first major nationwide safety restrictions on fracking, touching off a fresh political confrontation between the president and his critics in Congress and the energy industry. The Interior Departmentís rules ó expected to be released Friday morning ó are the federal governmentís most comprehensive foray to date toward regulating the technology at the heart of the U.S. oil and gas boom, addressing worries such as potential dangers to drinking water. They will also offer oil and gas supporters new room to accuse President Barack Obama of seeking to throttle fossil-fuel production, despite his...
  • Green Energy Causes Record Spike In Electricity Prices

    03/17/2015 10:22:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3-16-2015 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    In 2014, American households saw the largest electricity price increases in 6 years, according to government data, as utilities are forced to use more green energy and invest in energy efficiency and grid improvements. Energy Information Administration data shows that U.S. residential electricity prices ďexperienced large increases in retail electricity prices during 2014, with the average U.S. residential price increasing 3.1% over the previous year.Ē Last yearís price increase was the highest of any year since 2008 when prices rose 5.7 percent. ďResidential electricity rate increases during 2014 ranged from 1.3% in the Pacific Coast states to 9.9% in New...
  • 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 projectís role in helping to offset the effect of area coal plant closings. With the PSC approval in hand, Moundsville Powerís 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...
  • Oil Industry: Obamaís Energy Tax ĎWould Thwart the Very Goals Expressed in His SOTUí

    02/04/2015 9:02:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 2, 2015 5:35pm ET | Craig Bannister
    ďPresident Obamaís call for a $95 billion energy tax hike would thwart the very goals expressed in his State of the Union address,Ē American Petroleum Institute (API) Pres. Jack Gerard said today. ďAmericaís oil and natural gas renaÔssance has done everything on the presidentís State of the Union wish list for the middle class,Ē Gerard said, responding to Obamaís proposed budget. ďOpposition to President Obamaís proposals is strong and bipartisan. The presidentís annual call to raise taxes on U.S. oil and natural gas development would hurt job creation, infrastructure investment, the federal deficit, seniors on fixed incomes and domestic manufacturing.Ē...
  • US Sen. Jay Rockefeller heads into retirement

    01/04/2015 11:27:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2015 4:55 PM EST | John Raby
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller and West Virginia were an odd mix at firstóa Harvard-educated native New Yorker from one of the nationís richest families arriving in one of the poorest states. Through a half century of public service, he made it work. And as he heads into retirement as the last member of the Rockefeller family dynasty in political officeóand the only Democratóthe five-term U.S. senator leaves a blueprint for fighting to fix real-life problems for burdened families and to protect the nationís coal miners. [Ö] Rockefeller was the stateís junior senator for 25 years, yet carved his own path of...
  • Like low gas prices? So does the station owner

    12/12/2014 2:26:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 3:12 PM EST | Jonathan Fahey
    So you think you are finally getting one over on the gas stations as you pay well under $3 a gallon for the first time in four years? Guess again. Gas stations love low prices tooóand not just because customers are nicer when they are paying less. ďWeíre in the same shoes as the consumer, the cost of fuel is less for us,Ē says Kevin Beyer, who owns Performance Fuels, a filling station and convenience store in Smithtown, NY. That means profits for Beyer and the nationís 127,000 filling stations are rising. Before they sell gas to you, station owners...
  • Conservative Coalition Urges State Officials to ĎFiercely Resistí EPA Rule

    12/08/2014 7:50:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2014 - 4:38 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    A coalition of 35 conservative and free market groups is urging state officials to ďfiercely resistĒ the Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) attempt to force them to implement ďruinousĒ new greenhouse gas emission rules that could double the current price of electricity or face harsh regulatory repercussions if they refuse. ďYou should send a clear message to the federal government that if it insists on pursuing the regulatory equivalent of punitive energy taxes, it must promulgate and implement that policy itselfóand be held solely accountable for the disastrous consequences that will follow,Ē the coalition said a letter sent to governors, state...
  • Survey: 1 in 3 Seniors Went Without Medical Care Due to High Energy Prices

    10/10/2014 7:45:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 10, 2014 - 11:39 AM | Ali Meyer
    More than one in three low-income seniors, or 41 percent, has already gone without medical or dental care because of high energy bills, according to a survey included in a newly released report. And things will only get worse for seniors, says the 60 Plus Association, as states scramble to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon-reduction rules. [Ö] For example, because of high energy prices, 41 percent of seniors went without medical or dental care, 30 percent of seniors went without food for at least a day, 33 percent did not fill a prescription or took less than their...
  • Why King Coal Will Keep Its Crown

    09/17/2014 6:34:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 9/17/2014 | Andrew Topf
    For climate change activists and those hoping for an energy future dominated by renewables or even less-polluting natural gas, the death of coal cannot come quickly enough. But with coal still the dominant form of cheap electricity throughout the world, it is unlikely the bogeyman of climate change will disappear anytime soon. That's because the price of coal, compared to other fuels, is just too good to refuse. Just look at China, where the country's double-digit economic growth has largely been fueled by coal, which fulfills 60 percent of its energy mix.
  • Americaís coal heartland is in economic freefall ó but only the most desperate are fleeing

    08/28/2014 11:46:12 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Chico Harlan
    LOGAN, W.Va. ó For 51 years heíd lived in the same hollow and for two decades heíd performed the same job, mining coal from the underground seams of southern West Virginia. Then, on June 30, Michael Estep was jobless. His mine shut down, and its operator said ďmarket conditionsĒ made coal production unviable. What has come since, for Estep, stands as the new Central Appalachian economic experience: a job-hunt in a region whose sustaining industry is in an unprecedented freefall. ďI donít know what to do,Ē Estep said as unpaid bills piled up, his cable cut to black, and his...
  • Video: EPA Regulation Supporters Defend Electric Bill Increase

    08/07/2014 9:53:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 6, 2014 - 1:28 PM | Dan Joseph
    On June 2nd, President Obama announced new EPA regulations that would impose significant restrictions on power plants. Last week, environmental activists gathered in front of the EPA headquarters to show their support for the new regulations. [Ö] The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates the regulations could put 224,000 Americans out of work annually and increase electricity costs by more than $289 billion. Even the EPA itself estimates that the new regulations will cause electricity prices to increase dramatically over the next 6 years. Ö
  • Obama: EPA Power Plant Rule Will Shrink Power Prices

    06/02/2014 11:49:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | 06/02 | DINA CAPPIELLO and JOSH LEDERMAN
    In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration's EPA unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. The 645-page plan, expected to be finalized next year, is a centerpiece of Obama's efforts to deal with climate change and seeks to give the United States more leverage to prod other countries to act when negotiations on a new international treaty resume next year. Under the...
  • Coal Miners Union In Full Revolt After Supporting Obama In 2008

    08/02/2014 5:44:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 174 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:45 PM 08/02/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Itís unlikely that United Mine Workers of America president Cecil Roberts thought he would be arrested protesting the energy policies of the very politician his union supported in 2008. But things have come full circle for coal miners, who now see President Obamaís climate agenda threatening their livelihoods. Roberts and other UMWA members were arrested Thursday marching through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, towards the federal building the Environmental Protection Agency was holding field hearings for a new rule that could very well force more coal mines and plants to shut down. Ö
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    07/28/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/28/14 | Dina Cappiello
    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.
  • Egypt premier defends steep rise in energy prices

    07/05/2014 11:00:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 5, 2014 12:34 PM EDT | Mariam Rizk
    Egyptís prime minister on Saturday defended his governmentís decision to introduce a steep rise in fuel prices, saying energy subsidies have over the past decade cost the treasury a staggering E£687 billion (nearly $100 billion) that could have been used to bolster essential services. The fuel price hikes of up to 80 percent came into force early on Saturday and follow promises to cut subsidies that eat up nearly a quarter of the state budget. They also come after an increase in electricity prices that were put in effect at the start of July. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, addressing a...
  • New EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 38 Times as Long as Bible

    06/24/2014 3:17:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 23, 2014 - 3:27 PM | Ali Meyer
    Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 2,827 new final regulations, equaling 24,915 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 24,915,000 words. The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words. Thus, the new EPA regulations issued by the Obama Administration contain 19 times as many pages as the Bible and 38 times as many words. The Obama EPA regulations have 22 times as many words as the entire Harry Potter series, which includes seven books with 1,084,170 words. They have 5,484 times as many words as the U.S....