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We need both clean AND affordable energy

Editor’s note: I just posted this piece as response to yet another article that plays the tired and cliched “dirty coal” game. It’s time for those of us who support American jobs, as well as affordable, secure, domestic AND clean energy to start speaking up. – We need both clean AND affordable Energy.

Coal can and should play a pivotal role in our energy supply

I was disheartened to see Nithin Coca’s recent article make use of the tired epithet “dirty coal” to attack an energy resource that – despite recent market difficulties – continues to provide this country with almost 40% of its electricity needs. Unfortunately the term “dirty coal” conveniently and simplistically ignores the real-life use of technology that makes coal increasingly clean today.

04. August 2015 by Jason Hayes
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Doctors in Congress question EPA claims on Asthma and Ozone

A group of doctors in Congress have recently sent a letter to the EPA questioning whether the agency’s plan to mandate the reduction of the current ozone standard from 75 ppb to between 65 and 70 ppb will be worth the expected expense. In the letter, the Congressional Reps noted weaknesses in the EPA’s assumptions, arguments, and research methodologies. For example,

  • There is no correlation between decreasing ozone levels and asthma rates.

    [A]ccording to EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma prevalence has increased by 15 percent since 2001, while ozone concentrations have decreased by 18 percent during the same time period.

22. June 2015 by Jason Hayes
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White House vs. Your House – We’re paying for it & they’re happy to eat it

Thanks to America’s Power for putting together this video showing the differences in spending priorities between America’s elected officials and average Americans.

This kind of situation always reminds me of the “Jelly Donut” scene in the movie Full Metal Jacket. The scene shows how a lack of thought and self-control (one recruit stealing a jelly donut from the mess hall) leads to damaging outcomes for an entire platoon of marine recruits. In the same way, short-sighted and destructive energy policies coming from a small group of self-focused ideologues in DC and various state capitals are having profound negative effects on American taxpayers and electricity users (read: the rest of the country).

22. June 2015 by Jason Hayes
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National Renewable Electricity Standard

Why raise electricity prices?

Steve Goreham, Climate Science Coalition of America 


sitemgr_photo_524Last month, Representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Luján (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES Act),into the U.S. House of Representatives. The act mandates that all U.S. retail electrical suppliers buy an increasing amount of electricity from renewable energy sources or pay fines for the shortfall. But if the law is passed, it will raise electricity prices for Americans for questionable environmental gains.

20. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Coal states brace for plant closures & lost jobs

As the EPA’s anti-coal regulations get nearer to implementation, states that rely on coal for electricity and jobs are bracing for the massive economic and social impacts.

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08. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Arch Coal comments on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Arch Coal’s December 1st news release is a poignant reminder about the potential for economic, social, and environmental damage locked into the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan. It is well worth it to reprint the majority of this news release here on the Coalblog.

“Already promulgated regulations are expected to drive the shut-down of as much as 20 percent of America’s coal-based fleet, which is the primary source of base-load power generation in the United States,” said Deck S. Slone, Arch’s senior vice president of strategy and public policy. “That’s an unprecedented change to America’s power system in what constitutes the blink of an eye in energy markets – creating enormous potential for market disruptions, supply shortages and rate spikes.”

01. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Gulf Coast embraces coal shippers

The Gulf Coast is embracing the coal shippers that litigious green groups in the Pacific NW have pushed away. Not surprisingly, Gulf Coast residents are benefiting greatly from the new investment and jobs that these companies bring.

While environmental opposition has stymied plans to build terminals in California and the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River town of Darrow, Louisiana, has a new $300 million export facility. It’s part of a regional expansion that will increase capacity by 66 percent to 119 million metric tons by 2017, or more than half the national total, according to New York-based Doyle Trading Consultants LLC.

28. November 2014 by Jason Hayes
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EPA’s Next Wave Of Job-Killing CO2 Regulations

Editor’s note: This article was originally published to the ACC’s online magazine website (www.acclive.com) in June, 2014. It has been moved to the Coalblog as part of our redesign of our online publications.


By David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT).

This article was originally published at CFACT.org.

EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthySupported by nothing but assumptions, faulty computer models and outright falsifications of what is actually happening on our planet, President Obama, his Environmental Protection Agency and their allies have issued more economy-crushing rules that they say will prevent dangerous manmade climate change.

26. June 2014 by Jason Hayes
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ACC’s Response to EPA’s Proposed Section 111(d) Rule

Editor’s note: This article was originally published to the ACC’s online magazine website (www.acclive.com) in June, 2014. It has been moved to the Coalblog as part of our redesign of our online publications.


Restricting the use of coal in the U.S. will be costly and harmful

ACC's Response to EPA's Proposed Section 111(d) RuleThe administration’s latest move to force carbon dioxide (CO2) restrictions on existing electric generating plants is another unfortunate chapter in the push to restrict the use of coal in America. At the rollout of the proposed rule, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy dismissed critics concerned about the rule’s high costs and threats to electric grid reliability with a simple, “They’re wrong.”[i] However, numerous economic and energy experts have demonstrated the detrimental impacts of policies aimed at reducing coal use. For example, a recent IHS study for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce predicts that EPA CO2 rules will cause the loss of 224,000 jobs annually, increase electricity costs by $289 billion, and lower household incomes by over $500 billion. [ii]

12. June 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Upcoming EPA GHG rule to cost $50 billion annually

As if the MATs rule’s $10 billion+ annual price tag wasn’t enough, the US Chamber of Commerce has just released a study forecasting a further $50 billion per year in costs as a result of the EPA’s planned GHG rule for existing coal plants.

The (Intitute for 21st Century Energy)’s report concludes that the forthcoming regulations could diminish the nation’s coal-fired energy capabilities by a third, as plants unable to meet the new standards shutter. Coal currently represents roughly 40 percent of the country’s energy production, and is a major part of the employment picture in many states, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming and Pennsylvania.

30. May 2014 by Jason Hayes
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