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New York (September 19, 2017) – The U.S. power grid is on track to lose cost effective power supply diversity, a trend that will raise the cost and variability of power bills and create negative macroeconomic impacts that would ripple out through the broader U.S. economy, a new study by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions says.
By H. Sterling Burnett
One of the main reasons President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement is the treaty is a “bad deal for America.” Among many other problems, it would cost a significant number of jobs. In support of his claim, Mr. Trump cited a study by NERA Economic Consulting that estimates if the United States were to meet its carbon-dioxide emissions reduction obligations under the Paris climate agreement, it would cost the economy nearly $3 trillion and the United States would lose 6.5 million industrial jobs by 2040, including 3.1 million in the manufacturing sector.
KING GEORGE, VA. (COAL AGE) —GE Power (NYSE: GE) today announced plans to convert its 242 MW coal-fired Birchwood Power facility in King George, Virginia, US into a Steam Plant Services Innovation Center.
The center, which provides sufficient electricity to power more than 240,000 homes, is to become a showcase for how the latest GE technologies can greatly increase the efficiency and flexibility of coal-fired steam power plants, while also reducing emissions.
By JOHN SICILIANO
Washington Examiner (2/21/17)
President Trump is planning to issue executive orders this week to begin rolling back the centerpiece of President Obama‘s climate change agenda with several other regulations.
Trump is expected to soon issue the orders targeting regulations put into place by the Environmental Protection Agency, including the Clean Power Plan, which directs states to cut greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
The EPA climate plan was halted a year ago by the Supreme Court until the courts can rule on litigation by 28 state attorneys general, the coal industry and hundreds of individual companies and industry groups.
By SALENA ZITO
WAYNESBURG, Pa. — Two weeks after Derek Cisar’s wife gave birth to their son, the 36-year-old coal miner had to tell her he’d lost his job.
“It wasn’t because there wasn’t any work,” he said, moments after emerging from the underground mine. “Things in the industry in our area had started looking pretty stable for the past few months.
“It all came down to a ruling by a judge … with pressure from two climate-change groups. They effectively upended my life, my family’s life, and the lives of 202 other coal miners who were laid off because of his ruling.”
By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL, NEW YORK — (Feb. 17, 2017)
Republican presidents tend to nominate one of two types of administrator to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The first is the centrist—think Christie Todd Whitman (2001-03)—who might be equally at home in a Democratic administration. The other is the fierce conservative—think Anne Gorsuch (1981-83)—who views the agency in a hostile light.
Scott Pruitt, whom the Senate confirmed Friday, 52-46, doesn’t fit either mold. His focus is neither expanding nor reducing regulation. “There is no reason why EPA’s role should ebb or flow based on a particular administration, or a particular administrator,” he says. “Agencies exist to administer the law. Congress passes statutes, and those statutes are very clear on the job EPA has to do. We’re going to do that job.” You might call him an EPA originalist.
WASHINGTON, DC (February 17, 2017) – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed
today as the new Chief Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The American Coal Council welcomes the confirmation of Mr. Pruitt.
In his capacity as Oklahoma AG, Scott Pruitt was a leader in challenging unwarranted regulation and fought against overreach by federal agencies. Mr. Pruitt is serious about cooperative federalism and has a track record to prove it. He brings the strength of that track record to Washington, DC and he will return EPA to its job of administering the laws as passed by Congress. He will change EPA’s focus from environmental activism at any cost to a common sense approach that balances economic and environmental considerations.
WASHINGTON, DC (12.21.2016) – The American Coal Council (ACC) strongly opposes the Department of the Interior’s December 19th decision to issue its stream rule, following years in the regulatory pipeline amid widespread concerns from the coal industry, states, and other stakeholders.
The release of the rule in the waning term of the Obama administration is unfortunate. If left unchecked, its consequences will be far more unfortunate.
Predictably, as with many rules issued by the current administration, this rule will not result in environmental improvement.
What it will do is severely and unnecessarily limit the ability to mine and develop America’s world class coal reserves, a resource critical to U.S. energy, economic, and national security. It will cause massive coal-related job loss and slash federal and local taxes generated from coal production.
It must be a top priority for the new Trump Administration and Congress to rescind this devastating rule, and the American Coal Council urgently requests their cooperative efforts do so.
The Hill, Devin Henry, 12/7/2016
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity said it was “pleased” with Pruitt.
“General Pruitt will be a strong advocate for sensible policies that are good for our environment, as well as mindful of the need for affordable and reliable electricity,” Paul Bailey, the group’s senior vice president for policy, said.
Trump will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the agency down what is set to be a road of roll-backs and deregulation. Pruitt has been a frequent litigant against Obama administration climate rules, and both he and Trump have questioned the science of climate change.
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