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Trump’s EPA Responds to FOIA Request Obama Completely Ignored
By Michael Bastasch
The Daily Caller
(Dec. 27, 2017) – The Environmental Protection Agency sent The Daily Caller News Foundation a Christmas present this year by finally responding to a records request from more than two years ago.
Well, it wasn’t all holiday cheer. EPA said The DCNF needed to narrow down its two-year-old request for emails between Obama administration officials and environmental groups regarding the Clean Power Plan.
By Taylor Kuykendall
(DEC. 22, 2017) – Political rhetoric around the coal industry may have sounded to some like the promise of a comeback, but many in the sector are simply hoping for a year of stability after markets finally took a turn for the better.
Coal companies, railroads and analysts have suggested 2018 demand could be roughly flat compared to 2017, a year in which coal volumes sprang back off record lows. A relatively warm winter so far could temper early domestic demand, while exports could soften after special circumstances including weather-related events sparked especially strong demand in 2017.
By Robin Bravender, Niina Heikkinen and Zack Colman, E&E News reporters
(Dec. 19, 2017) – After spending most of its first year tearing down climate rules, the Trump administration is now taking steps to write its own.
U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt yesterday asked for wide-ranging comment about how to replace the Obama administration’s signature climate change rule, the Clean Power Plan. In the lengthy document known as an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR), the administration offered important clues about the way forward, claimed that the Obama rule was illegal and gave critics fodder for counterattacks.
By Greg Walcher
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
(Nov. 30, 2017) – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a directive to end a 20-year string of “sue and settle” cases that have funneled untold millions of tax dollars to environmental organizations. Predictably, those groups and their allies are apoplectic about it. Many of these groups have grown from grassroots citizen movements to gigantic cash-flush conglomerates, with much of the cash coming from the government they appear to be fighting. Many now have separate legal arms with hundreds of attorneys, whose primary job is to sue the government and keep the cash flowing.
By NETL STAFF (2017) – Few people think of coal when they think of high-tech devices. However, that may soon change as researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) work to recover materials called rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal-based materials. REEs are essential to the manufacturing of many of the devices that people use every day. For instance, their unusual properties help make the best, strongest and lightest magnets in the world that are used in products from earbuds to electric motors that power car windows and mirrors. They also enhance light emissions, making them integral in fluorescent lighting, catalysts, computer screens and smartphones. In addition, rare earths are important in making nearly every technology used in defense systems that protect the country.
Steady & Improved Coal Supply Has Led to a Revival of Indian Power Plants, Ensuring Uninterrupted Power Supply
By Nadja Koijam
(Dec. 22, 2017) – Economic Times reported that Indian power plants now have average coal inventory of about nine days, comfortably breaching the critical stock threshold that forced several generating companies to recently shut down units amid a crisis in supplies of the primary solid fuel.
A senior executive at top state-run generating company NTPC said that “Supplies have improved considerably and a large number of our units at power stations have been brought back up. These units were either operating at very low capacity levels or idling due to the lack of coal. We have been receiving additional rakes since the last few days, helping scale up generation.”
China Faces Wintertime Energy Crisis of its Own Making
By Peter Wood
Jamestown Foundation (Dec. 22, 2017) – Northern China is facing an energy crisis this winter due to shortfalls in heating gas. Since mid-December, reports from Hebei, the province that surrounds Beijing and Tianjin, indicate that schools and residential areas are going without natural gas for heating.
Exciting work is going on at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory where researchers are looking at recovering valuable rare earth elements from coal and coal-based materials. Read more about it in thie current edition of American Coal magazine at http://acclive.com/2017/11/17/the-future-of-rare-earth-elements-may-lie-with-coal/.
By Roger Bezdek, for the U.S. Department of Energy
(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. coal industry is distressed, and the fate of U.S. coal mining regions and jobs figured prominently in the 2016 Presidential election. EIA forecasts that coal will continue to decrease as a source of U.S. electricity production through 2050. The economic and societal costs of coal mine closures are large, and the decline of the coal industry has taken a heavy toll. For example, the increased poverty associated with coal job losses is startling, and in some eastern Kentucky counties poverty rates exceed 30% and child poverty rates approach 50%.
WASHINGTON, DC, October 9, 2017– The American Coal Council welcomes the announcement by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that he plans to sign a proposed rule on Tuesday “to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan” previously issued under the Obama administration. Pruitt made the announcement today while visiting coal country in Hazard, Kentucky. He also once again took the opportunity to declare an end to the war on coal.