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Could carbon capturing make ‘clean coal’ a reality?

WASHINGTON, DC — Coal is still very much at the center of the debate on the future of energy. For some, the holy grail is a new type of technology that captures some coal carbon emissions. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to take a closer look at the results coming out of one of the largest fossil fuel power plants in the country and the obstacles stopping them from collecting more.

URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/carbon-capturing-make-clean-coal-reality/

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28. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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Watch this ruling: It could affect coal and climate reviews across the West

By Stewart Leavenworth

Belleville News-Democrat

WASHINGTON — Any day now, a federal appeals court in Denver is expected to rule on a case with major repercussions for coal mining on western public lands, one that could potentially affect other energy projects.

Depending on its decision, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals could force the U.S. Interior Department to more extensively analyze how expansion of coal mining on federal land affects carbon emissions.

Or it could keep in place the Interior Department’s current method of reviewing new coal leases, which is supported by the mining industry but opposed by many environmental groups.

28. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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WV engineering firm receives grant to study rare earth elements in coal

By CHARLES BOOTHE

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD, Va. — A Bluefield, WV engineering firm has received a $1 million federal grant for a research project. Marshall Miller & Associates (MM&A) was awarded the grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), said Steve Keim, senior vice presidentof MM&A. Keim said the grant will be used to study rare earth elements in coal and coal ash.

URL:  http://bdtonline.cnhi.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=10b4d1918

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28. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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Are Coal Jobs up by 50K Since Last Year? Not Exactly

By Louis Jacobson

On the one hand, coal is a high-carbon-emissions fuel that is at a disadvantage under the Paris agreement and could potentially benefit from the United States’ exit from the accord. On the other, some experts have said that the demise of coal as an energy source has less to do with emissions than with lost market share to a competing fossil fuel — natural gas — and technological improvements that have bolstered renewable energies such as wind and solar.

28. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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US coal mining surges in 2017 following last year’s record decline

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States, China and India, the world’s largest coal users, have increased coal mining this year by 6 percent following 2016’s record global decline.

Among the three counties, production through May is up by at least 121 million tons compared to the same period last year, according to data reviewed by The Associated Press. The change is most dramatic in the United States where production is up 19 percent within just the first five months of 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

URL: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/06/26/us-coal-mining-surges-in-2017-following-last-years-record-decline.html

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28. June 2017 by Terry Headley
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ACCCE President Refutes Recent Report saying Regulations were not the Primary Cause of Coal Power Plant Retirements

By Paul Bailey – President & CEO

America’s Power

WASHINGTON, DC (May 9, 2017) — A recent report —“Can Coal Make a Comeback?”—asserts that environmental regulations are a secondary influence in decisions to retire coal-fired electric generating units.  We disagree with this assertion.

Specifically, the authors of the report “believe” that low natural gas and renewable costs are more important in retirement decisions than environmental regulations.   However, the report provides no analysis to support this belief.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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New Study Calls EPA’s Labeling of CO2 a Pollutant ‘Totally False’

By Michael Bastach  

(Daily Caller) — A new study published by seasoned researchers takes aim at the heart of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to issue regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

The study claims to have “proven that it is all but certain that EPA’s basic claim that CO2 is a pollutant is totally false,” according to a press statement put out by Drs. Jim Wallace, John Christy and Joe D’Aleo.

Wallace, Christy and D’Aleo — a statistician, a climatologist and meteorologist, respectively — released a study claiming to invalidate EPA’s 2009 endangerment finding, which allowed the agency to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Tax Subsidies for Renewables now far Outpaces Fossil Fuels

By Rep. Lamar Smith  

(RealClearEnergy) — The federal government has a long history of meddling in the U.S. energy market.  For almost 100 years, the government has provided tax incentives, subsidies, federal electricity programs, loans, loan guarantees, and funding for research and development to promote the efficient use and production of domestic energy resources.

Since the early 1900s, the federal government’s primary intervention was through tax incentives to the oil and gas industry that were intended to increase production of domestic oil and gas.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Dynegy VP calls nuclear subsidies ‘new front in the war on coal’

By JEFF MCDONALD, S&P Global

ORLANDO (MAY 05, 2017) Coal’s status as a baseload fuel has diminished as it competes economically with natural gas and other fuels, but government subsidies of renewables also are playing a part in reduced consumption, a Dynegy Inc. executive said.

U.S. coal consumption, which topped 900 million tons for 21 straight years beginning in 1990, dropped to 678 million tons in 2016 and could drop by 50 million tons or more in future years as structural changes take hold, Rob Hardman, vice president of fuel supply for the Houston-based utility, said May 4 at the Eastern Fuel Buyers Conference in Orlando, Fla.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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Coal mine openings in the US inject some hope into beleaguered sector

Corsa Coal’s Acosta Deep mine in Pennsylvania, to open in June, will create about 600 jobs

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MINING.COM

A new US coal mine, scheduled to begin production next month, is lifting the spirits of an industry still hurting from the impact of low commodity prices and steep competition from other energy sources, which have triggered massive bankruptcies and closures in the past five years.

Once a full tilt, the mine will produce 400,000 tonnes of metallurgical coal a year for US and Chinese steel companies.

31. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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