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New Dept. of Energy Study Shows True Extent of Coal Mining’s Job and Economic Contribution

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%.

20. October 2017 by Terry Headley
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Senior policy adviser tells coal sector EPA is here to help

 By  Taylor Kuykendall

A coal sector that has spent much of the past eight years criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration welcomed an official with the Trump administration at an industry event May 4.

EPA Senior Policy Adviser Mandy Gunasekara said she came to the Eastern Fuel Buyers conference, hosted at the Disney Yacht Club in Orlando, Fla., to answer “eight years of questions” and gather information to take back to Washington, D.C.

06. May 2017 by Terry Headley
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ACC Applauds Action on Stream Rule

WASHINGTON, DC  (February 3, 2017)– The congressional action this week to strike down the “Stream Protection Rule” issued December 19, 2016 by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is a welcome step in the right direction for the federal government and for coal. The swift action recognizes the severe flaws in a regulation that would needlessly restrict access to our nation’s abundant coal reserves, increase mining costs, erode federal and state tax revenues, and result in the loss of high numbers of well-paying jobs.

06. February 2017 by Terry Headley
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Correcting the Record:

What the Media Says —
Coal-fired power plants do not use clean coal technology.

The Reality –

There are 16 clean coal technologies being used today by the U.S. coal fleet. These include wet and dry scrubbers to reduce SO2 emissions, selective and non-selective catalytic reduction to reduce NOx emissions, and electrostatic precipitators and fabric filter technology to reduce PM. Every coal-fired power plant in the U.S. uses one or more clean coal technologies. Source: American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

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03. January 2017 by Terry Headley
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Outlook 2017: Themes to watch in 2017 for the Asia thermal coal market

Perth (Platts)–29 Dec 2016

Volatility is the watchword for the thermal coal market in 2017 following a turbulent 2016 when Beijing’s self-imposed production constraints fueled a massive rise in thermal coal prices right across the Asian seaborne market in the second half of 2016.

As has been the pattern for the past several years, China — or more specifically the actions and influence of its central government — has been a strong deciding factor in the direction of the Asian market.

URL: http://www.platts.com/latest-news/coal/perth/outlook-2017-themes-to-watch-in-2017-for-the-27740083

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03. January 2017 by Terry Headley
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Rick Perry Might Convert the Department of Energy Into an Energy Leader

Rod Adams, December 28, 2016

President-Elect Trump’s choice of Rick Perry to run the Department of Energy is good news for people who believe–or want to believe–that the federal government’s Department of Energy was formed at the end of the 1970s because voters were tired of our abject dependence on foreign oil and its associated entanglements.

It is likely to be a huge disappointment for those who are more comfortable with the DOE as it exists today, with very little in the way of energy production or innovative energy research attributable to the $30 billion taxpayers spend on its annual budget.

03. January 2017 by Terry Headley
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The Not-So-Dormant Commerce Clause and Coal-Based Electricity

By Paul M. Seby & Matthew B. Miller

There is no doubt that coal-based electricity is currently faced with enormous challenges—both at the national level, with the flurry of federal regulations aimed at the coal industry, and at the state level, where local governments are experimenting with dramatic changes in their energy policies. In both instances, federal courts at all levels are being called upon to evaluate the lawfulness and constitutionality of these actions. This short article focuses on that latter evaluation—invoking the most enduring of American documents—our U.S. Constitution. In our national charter lies an important mechanism that may provide important protections against efforts by one or more states to greatly experiment with dramatic changes to their energy-related laws and regulations that have adverse impacts on coal-based electricity or the movement of coal interstate.

12. December 2016 by Terry Headley
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US coal shows strength after production increased 6.6% from 2015

https://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/article.aspx?CDID=A-38515950-11566&KPLT=4

SNL, 11/29/2016

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total U.S. coal production for the week ended Nov. 19 picked up 6.6% year over year to 17.2 million tons, from 16.2 million tons during the same period last year.

For the 52 weeks ended Nov. 19, production posted a 19.8% year-over-year cutback to 739.8 million tonnes, while year-to-date coal output plunged 18.8% year over year to about 657.5 million tons through Nov. 19.

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10. December 2016 by Terry Headley
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Trump can ax the Clean Power Plan by executive order

URL: http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-can-ax-the-clean-power-plan-by-executive-order-1479679923

Wall Street Journal, David B. Rickin Jr. and Andrew M. Grossman, 11/20/2016

President Obama pledged to wield a pen and phone during his second term rather than engage with Congress. The slew of executive orders, enforcement memorandums, regulations and “Dear Colleague” letters comprised an unprecedented assertion of executive authority. Equally unparalleled is the ease with which the Obama agenda can be dismantled. Among the first actions on President Trump’s chopping block should be the Clean Power Plan.

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10. December 2016 by Terry Headley
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Pruitt Will Support Coal Jobs

URL: http://www.4-traders.com/news/Daines-Pruitt-Will-Support-Coal-Jobs–23518297/

4-Traders.com, Steve Daines, 12/7/2016

U.S. SENATE -U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator: ‘I greatly appreciate the leadership Attorney General Pruitt has shown in suing to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and look forward to watching him dismantle it piece by piece as EPA Administrator.’

‘I greatly appreciate the leadership Attorney General Pruitt has shown in suing to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and look forward to watching him dismantle it piece by piece as EPA Administrator.’

10. December 2016 by Terry Headley
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