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  • Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Clean Air Plan Will Increase Black Poverty 23%, Strip .. Black Jobs

    06/24/2015 9:55:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ali Meyer
    A study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which represents 2.1 million black-owned businesses in the United States, found that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan would increase black poverty by 23 percent and cause the loss of 7 million jobs for black Americans by 2035. The study also found that the EPA' plan would increase Hispanic poverty by 26 percent and cause the loss of 12 million jobs for Hispanic Americans by 2035. The EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan on June 2, 2014 to cut carbon emissions from power plants. ... There was a...
  • Running Out Of Cash, Greece Returns To Coal

    06/23/2015 9:36:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 22, 2015 | Dr. Benny Peiser
    Greece’s energy minister Lafazanis said that [the coal-fired power plant] Ptolemaida V is required since renewable power plants are intermittent and endanger the country’s energy security. In May, Lafazanis sent a letter to the European Commission asking permission to operate the Ptolemaida III, a separate coal plant that is shut down due to its very old technology that pollutes the environment enormously. One of Lafazanis arguments was “the economic crisis in Greece, which makes the need for keeping the cost of energy for households’ heating as low as possible.”—.. Poland’s leading opposition party is seeking to negotiate exemptions from the...
  • How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight

    06/20/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2015 | By Anthony Faiola and Chris Mooney
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was about to take a major step backing the science behind ­human-driven global warming, and Philippe de Larminat was determined to change his mind. A French doubter who authored a book arguing that solar activity — not greenhouse gases — was driving global warming, de Larminat sought a spot at a climate summit in April sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Nobel laureates would be there. So would U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs and others calling for dramatic steps to curb carbon emissions. fter securing a high-level meeting at...
  • Chinese-owned NH solar project costs ratepayers $1.22M

    06/16/2015 6:05:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Watchdog ^ | June 16, 2015 | Tori Richards
    New Hampshire utility ratepayers will pay a Taiwanese company $1.22 million to build the state’s largest solar installation so that a small town can save about $500,000 in power costs over the life of the project. Taiwan’s Walsin Lihwa, parent company of Borrego Solar, will use Chinese-made solar panels in the 3.5-acre project, which is supposed to be finished in July. It will supply power to several municipal buildings in the area but only some of the time: the town of Peterborough (population: 6,284) gets only 197 sunny days per year. “What a great project,” deadpanned David Kreutzer, a senior...
  • Craig liquor stores pull New Belgium beer for supporting WildEarth Guardians ( Colorado)

    06/09/2015 4:18:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | June 8, 2015 | Noelle Leavitt Riley
    Liquor stores and restaurants across Craig are pulling Colorado craft beers off their shelves due to the beer companies’ financial support to WildEarth Guardians, the environmental group that put Colowyo Coal Mine at risk of being shut down. Stockmen’s Liquor pulled 12 brands of beer — including New Belgium Brewery — because they are listed as WildEarth Guardians supporters. “We pulled those beers because their support of WildEarth Guardians... who said their ultimate goal is to shut down coal mines,” said Lori Gillam, owner of Stockmen's. “Craig is a coal mine town.” WildEarth Guardians has a list of business supporters...
  • Five G7 nations increased their coal use over a five-year period, research shows

    06/09/2015 5:21:47 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8 June 2015 | John Vidal
    Five of the world’s seven richest countries have increased their coal use in the last five years despite demanding that poor countries slash their carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change, new research shows. Britain, Germany, Italy, Japan and France together burned 16% more coal in 2013 than 2009 and are planning to further increase construction of coal-fired power stations. Only the US and Canada of the G7 countries meeting on Monday in Berlin have reduced coal consumption since the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009. The US has reduced its coal consumption by 8% largely because of fracking for shale...
  • Foes poised to declare victory in ‘war on coal’ as investors, utilities flee energy source

    06/08/2015 8:23:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    The war has been waged on several fronts for nearly a decade, and the aggressors are poised to declare victory over the wounded U.S. coal industry. After powering the Industrial Revolution and helping to turn the U.S. into the world’s top economic power, coal now seems to be drowning in what environmentalists call a “deadly cocktail” — a rabid, politically potent anti-fossil fuels movement, the rise of cheap, abundant, relatively clean domestic natural gas and an Obama administration that freely admits it wants to decrease coal use in America through a host of new rules. That near-perfect storm is taking...
  • Appalachian Power closes 3 WV coal-fired plants

    06/01/2015 8:08:16 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    WVVA.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | WVVA.com
    Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia have shut down operations. Media outlets report that Appalachian Power's Kanawha River Power Station at Glasgow, the Kammer Power Station near Moundsville and the Phillip Sporn Power Station at New Haven were closed Sunday. Appalachian Power had announced in 2011 that it planned to close the plants, along with three coal-fired plants in Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. The company had said it would be cost-prohibitive to equip them to comply with new federal emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants. Another coal-fired plant in Virginia is being converted to natural gas....
  • 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. — 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....
  • Alpha Natural Resources scaling back central Appalachian mining operations; 439 jobs will be lost

    05/22/2015 2:01:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    Bristol Herald Courier ^ | May 22, 2015 | SUSAN CAMERON
    BRISTOL, Va. -- Alpha Natural Resources announced this afternoon that it's idling the mining and processing operations at Rockspring Development Camp Creek underground mine in Wayne County, West Virginia, which will mean the loss of 439 jobs. Employees were notified today about the idling "based on the mine operator's current assessment of market conditions,"according to a news release issued by Alpha Natural Resources. Last week, three other Alpha-affiliated mine operators announced reductions in work force "due to sustained weak market conditions and government regulations that have challenged the entire central Appalachian coal industry. A total of 71 employees were affected...
  • Letter presses feds to keep mine open ( Colorado)

    05/22/2015 8:24:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | May 21, 2015 | Gary Harmon
    The U.S. Department of the Interior should do all it can to keep open the Colowyo coal mine in northwest Colorado, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Sen. Cory Gardner, both Colorado Republicans, said in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. ... Colowyo Mine employs 220 people in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and has a payroll of about $20 million, Tipton wrote to Jewell, asking that Interior react quickly to a federal court ruling that could force closure of the mine. “The adverse effects of shutting down this mine go beyond the jobs at the mine that would be...
  • BLM plan to close over 1,000 public routes riles western Colorado

    05/18/2015 10:51:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    Watchdog ^ | May 13, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    A plan that will close nearly 2,000 miles of public roads that have previously been open for use by the people of Mesa County is creating a public backlash against the Grand Junction field office of the federal Bureau of Land Management. The BLM’s resource management plans (RMP) regulate the access and types of traffic allowed on roads on public lands. Road maintenance and seasonal closures are also detailed in such plans. But the most recent RMP in Mesa County indicates the BLM’s intent to limit access to public roads which have traditionally been open to motorized, horse, and foot...
  • Patriot Coal Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

    05/12/2015 6:42:58 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 9 replies
    ABC New (AP Story) ^ | May 12, 2015, 9:35 AM ET | John Raby
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. Patriot Coal Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday for the second time in three years. The company made the filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. It had emerged from an earlier bankruptcy case in December 2013 in Missouri. Patriot said it is involved in active negotiations for the sale of its operating assets to a strategic partner. Patriot said it will continue shipping and mining operations and it has received a commitment for $100 million in debt financing from secured debt holders that it did not identify.
  • Mountain Pact Campaign Targets Coal Companies Seeks compensation for global warming (Not a Hoax)

    05/11/2015 6:20:31 PM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    Outside Magazine ^ | May 8 2015
    Mountain Pact Campaign Targets Coal Companies Seeks compensation for global warming By: The Editors Ten western mountain towns hit hard by climate change are launching a campaign against the coal industry, seeking hundreds of million of dollars in compensation per year to help their communities adapt, the Denver Post reported earlier this week. In February, Outside covered how the nonprofit advocacy group Mountain Pact is rallying ski resort towns around the country to stem the effects of climate change. In a letter being sent this week to federal officials, lawmakers, and the White House, the towns—which include Aspen, Telluride, and...
  • Sierra Club Caught in Anti-Coal Fakery ( North Carolina )

    05/08/2015 4:20:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | May 6, 2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    A petition to close down a coal plant from the green group listed some supporters who say they hadn’t signed on. ... three western North Carolina businesses accused the green group of listing them without permission as co-signatories on a “businesses beyond coal” campaign letter. The Sierra Club listed 80 businesses as co-signatories last October in a letter it widely publicized, calling for Duke Energy to retire its coal plant in Asheville. ... National Review reached out to the remaining 61 businesses listed in the Sierra Club letter. Though it was unable to reach all of the owners, it found...
  • Why States Should Boycott the Federal Clean Power Plan

    04/22/2015 7:26:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 21, 2015 | KENNETH C. HILL
    Better for states not to comply with the EPA’s plans than to go along and absolve the feds of accountability for the mess. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) set off a firestorm recently when he advised states not to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Yet that advice isn’t as radical as his detractors make it sound. As a state public utilities commissioner who deals with the effects of federal regulations on a regular basis, I also recommend that states not comply. ... While the short-term effects may be painful, the long-term consequences of submitting...
  • 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 –...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • One Of Obama's Harvard Professors Likened The President's Climate Change Policies To...

    04/07/2015 8:19:40 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 07, 2015
    One Of Obama's Harvard Professors Likened The President's Climate Change Policies To 'Burning The Constitution' A Harvard professor who taught U.S. President Barack Obama torched his prized pupil last month on Capitol Hill. Constitutional scholar Lawrence Tribe, who also served in the Justice Department under Obama, testified last month during a House hearing that the president's climate change policies are similar to "burning the Constitution." The 73-year-old Tribe argued that the Environmental Protection Agency is grossly overstepping its boundaries in respect to enforcing the president's doctrine. One conservative operative called the remarks "dazzling." "EPA is attempting an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping...
  • Laurence Tribe Fights Climate Case Against Star Pupil From Harvard, President Obama

    04/07/2015 6:08:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 6, 2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Laurence H. Tribe, the highly regarded liberal scholar of constitutional law, still speaks of President Obama as a proud teacher would of a star student. “He was one of the most amazing research assistants I’ve ever had,” Mr. Tribe said in a recent interview. Mr. Obama worked for him at Harvard Law School, where Mr. Tribe has taught for four decades. Many in the Obama administration and at Harvard are bewildered and angry that Mr. Tribe, who argued on behalf of Al Gore in the 2000 Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case, has emerged as the leading legal opponent of...
  • Major utility to begin closing down power plants next month

    04/06/2015 3:55:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/6/15 | John Siciliano
    One of the country's largest coal utilities will begin closing power plants next month in four states, as strict federal environmental regulations begin to kick in. The company, American Electric Power, made the announcement in a notice advising employees at the electricity stations that it plans to close six power plants in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, according to news reports. The company said it plans to shutter as much as 6,000 megawatts of power plant capacity in seven states by the start of 2016. The closures were planned as far back as 2011 to comply with new pollution...
  • 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...
  • Climate Madness: Obama Pledges 28% Emissions Cut To U.N.

    04/01/2015 11:45:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 1, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Climate Change: President Obama's proposal to cut U.S. emissions by 28% over 10 years as America's contribution to a global climate treaty will devastate our economy while doing nothing to reduce temperatures. The "Clean Power Plan" that the Obama administration submitted Tuesday to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change met an end-of-March deadline for contributions to a treaty in the final stages of negotiations. But the proposal, known to climate negotiators as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, isn't new. Obama announced the goal of reducing emissions by 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 as part of a joint climate...
  • ( 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...
  • GOP amendment would let the states opt out of EPA (coal power plant) climate rule

    03/24/2015 11:58:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/24/2015 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Republicans are proposing a budget amendment that would let states opt out of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) controversial climate rule for power plants.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed the amendment Tuesday on behalf of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who is up for reelection in 2016. ADVERTISEMENT Under the amendment, a state’s governor or legislature would be able to opt out of the rule’s requirements for a variety of reasons.In order to be exempt from the rule, a governor or legislature would have to cite one of the following reasons: that the rule would hurt low-income or fixed-income...
  • 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...
  • ( 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • US coal prices hit six-year low

    02/01/2015 5:04:22 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
  • India Rejects Climate Deal With Obama

    01/27/2015 8:32:48 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    India has rejected pleas from the Obama administration to enter into an agreement to put a future limit on its greenhouse gas emissions in order to fight global warming. President Barack Obama went abroad hoping to strike a climate deal with India — the world’s third-largest greenhouse-gas emitter — in order to build support for an international global warming treaty ahead of a United Nations summit later this year. But India had other ideas. Obama wanted India to announce it would peak its greenhouse gas emissions by a certain year, mirroring a pledge China made last year to peak its...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • War On Shale: EPA Targets Fracking Boom With New Regs

    01/15/2015 10:09:56 AM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 15. 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: In spite of dramatically lower methane emissions from fracking, according to the EPA's own data, the agency wants to impose draconian regulations on the oil and gas industry similar to those on coal. The new rules that the White House announced on Wednesday aim to cut oil emissions of methane, a target of environmental groups, by 45% below 2012 levels, despite the fact that the emissions already show a sharp decline even as shale oil and gas production has skyrocketed. This war-on-shale action mirrors the administration's war on coal, with EPA rules impossible to meet economically and sometimes...
  • The only state where less than half its citizens work

    01/13/2015 7:58:38 AM PST · by illiac · 19 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/13/15 | Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — West Virginia quietly passed the ignominious milestone of having less than half of its adult, civilian population in the workforce in November. State data compiled by the Labor Department shows that West Virginia’s civilian labor participation rate has fallen to 49.8%, from 50% in October. The national rate in December was 62.7%. The Mountain State is the only state in the history of the series, which goes back to 1976, to have fallen below 50%, though Mississippi at 50.8% isn’t far behind. The troubles that have befallen West Virginia have been well publicized, notably the diminished demand...
  • 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...
  • Obama Revives Ozone Regulation He Once Opposed for Being 'Too Severe a Burden' on Economy

    12/10/2014 4:18:59 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 8 Dec 2014 | Marita Noon
    Late on Thanksgiving eve, with no one paying attention, the Obama administration released its regulatory road map of thousands of regulations for 2015. Within the bundle of more than 3,000 regulations lies a rule on ozone that President Obama himself in 2011 “put on ice” in effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.” Regarding the 2011 decision that shocked environmental groups, the New York Times recently stated: “At the time, Mr. Obama said the regulation would impose too severe a burden on industry and local governments at a time of economic distress.”...
  • Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

    12/06/2014 10:24:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News Singapore / The Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2014 | Allen G. Breed
    HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup of coffee. The sun has yet to crest the ridge above, where mist clings like clouds that couldn't quite make it over. Sizemore is the fourth generation of his family to mine coal in Harlan County. He knows he'll probably be the last. For over a century, life in Central Appalachia has been largely defined by the ups and downs of the coal industry. Through all the bust years, there was always...
  • Utah to seize own land from government, challenge federal dominance of Western states

    12/04/2014 12:37:49 PM PST · by george76 · 129 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Transfer of Public Lands Act’ demands Washington relinquish 31.2 million acres by Dec. 31. In three weeks, Utah intends to seize control of 31.2 million acres of its own land now under the control of the federal government. At least, that’s the plan. In an unprecedented challenge to federal dominance of Western state lands, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012 signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” which demands that Washington relinquish its hold on the land, which represents more than half of the state’s 54.3 million acres, by Dec. 31. ... With the 2012 law, Utah placed itself on...
  • Clean Power Plan carbon emission comments due Monday ( Colorado )

    12/01/2014 6:59:15 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Craig Daily Press ^ | November 30, 2014 | Noelle Leavitt Riley
    Craig — Monday is the deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposed Clean Energy Plan that aims to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The next step is for the federal government to review submitted statements made during the past several months in order to make a final ruling on the plan by June. Originally, the deadline was Oct. 15, but it was extended to Monday after the EPA received nearly 750,000 comments before the first deadline, according to the EPA. Northwest Colorado houses two coal-fired power plants, Craig Station in Moffat County and...
  • EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

    11/25/2014 10:06:49 AM PST · by robowombat · 23 replies
    Manufacturing Net ^ | Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:53pm | Emily Schmall,
    EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:53pm Emily Schmall, Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist. The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight coal-fired plants be retrofitted with controls to help clear the air near national parks and other federally protected land in Texas and Oklahoma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the proposal would cut about 230,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions each year. Brad Watson,...