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World Coal (October 2016) —A recent analysis by the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) of Case Western Reserve University concluded the decline of the nation’s coal industry has been due to market forces and technology: “EPA rules have little to do with coal’s decline”, the analysis said. “Shale-gas competition has decimated coal.”
ACC Issues Statement on Case-Western Study Findings: Study’s Findings Don’t Reflect the Regulatory Reality
WASHINGTON, DC (October 20, 2016)– A recent analysis by the Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI), of Case Western Reserve University, concludes the decline of the nation’s coal industry over the past eight years has been due to market forces and technology rather than the regulatory policies of the Obama Administration. “EPA rules have little to do with coal’s decline”, the analysis says. “Shale-gas competition has decimated coal.”
(October 21, 2016) — In a new twist for waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol.
“We discovered somewhat by accident that this material worked,” said ORNL’s Adam Rondinone, lead author of the team’s study. “We were trying to study the first step of a proposed reaction when we realized that the catalyst was doing the entire reaction on its own.”
By Abby Harvey, GHG Daily Monitor
With three large-scale projects months from operation in the U.S. and a recent reprioritization in the Department of Energy’s coal office, carbon capture utilization and storage is about to have its moment, David Mohler, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal and carbon management within the DOE Office of Fossil Energy, said Thursday. “I think we’re at a pretty pivotal time,” he said during a presentation at the U.S. Energy Association’s Annual Energy Supply Forum. “I think we’re about to turn the corner for CCUS.”
T.L. “Terry” Headley has been named communications director for the American Coal Council. Before joining ACC, Terry spent more than eight years as director of communications for the West Virginia Coal Association, and during this time he was also instrumental in expanding the Friends of Coal network and social media presence. His extensive public relations background includes time as a newspaper editor and reporter, and acting as a spokesperson for state government in West Virginia. Terry holds both a master’s degree in public relations/journalism and an MBA. A native of West Virginia, he is a 2001 graduate of Leadership West Virginia and has more than 25 years of experience in mass communications.
Just when Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment set a new low for insensitivity, we saw another real zinger this week from former Clinton White House staffer William Galston.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Galston deemed the “war on coal” a claim perpetuated by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to reinforce the coal community’s perceived “victimhood.”
Meanwhile, a few things have happened:
In 2008, President Obama promised, “If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”
What’s at Stake: The ‘Clean Power’ Plan and what will be left of our Constitution if the EPA’s plan survives
If the Constitution’s federalism is to endure, the Clean Power Plan must be struck down.
In a recent piece, Luke Popovich of NMA appeals to our presidential candidates:
This is an open letter to Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton.
If there’s any good news for coal these days, it’s that you both have promised relief for coal communities hit hard by market forces and the president’s regulations. Donald Trump, you say you’ll put coal miners back to work. Hillary Clinton, you pledged to put coal communities back on their feet.