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Fossil Fuel Producers Must Begin to Work Together

Fossil Fuel Producers Should Work TogetherEditor’s Note: This article was originally published in Issue 2, 2015 of American Coal Magazine (pg. 30-32)
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In February 2011, I spoke at the Fifth Annual Energy Forum and Expo in Grand Junction, CO. As I ran through my presentation, I listed some of the pressures being applied to the U.S. coal industry. I also made sure to caution the many members of the natural gas industry that were present to restrain their schadenfreude over the coal industry’s current challenges. In the best of scenarios, I warned, they would have only a few short years before they began to experience the same destructive attacks.

21. November 2015 by Jason Hayes
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Sierra Club proud they’re putting miners out of work

I was recently interviewed by CNS News and asked for comment on the joint Sierra Club, Bloomberg media event (held on April 8th). In this event former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg and senior Sierra Club staffers, like CEO Michael Brune, exulted in their ability to pour tens of millions of dollars into misleading pressure campaigns, aimed at putting coal industry workers into unemployment lines. The gist of their recently expanded campaign is to spend Mr. Bloomberg’s $80 million, along with tens of millions of matching donations, “to shutter 50 percent of (coal) plants by 2017.”

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M. Bloomberg – source: Wikipedia

12. April 2015 by Jason Hayes
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NRDC’s comment numbers are a bit high too

Time to learns some ABC's and 123'sIt seems that I wasn’t the only one who noticed that certain green groups might be needing some remedial work on their basic mathematical skills.

In keeping with the theme of my previous post, How many comments did Sierra Club submit?, the BigGreenRadicals.com blog noticed that the folks at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are also claiming to have submitted 8 million comments to the EPA.

Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) executive director Frances Beinecke chimed in to claim on her blog that Americans have filed 8 million comments in favor of the EPA’s efforts to limit carbon emissions.

02. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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How many comments did Sierra Club submit?

This Washington Examiner headline and opening paragraph caught my attention today.

EPA power-plant proposal draws 1.6 million comments

More than 1.6 million comments both supporting and opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants were filed before Monday’s deadline.

I was interested because ours was one of those 1.6 million comments that was submitted. However, I was also interested because I had seen the Sierra Club’s Twitter feed earlier today, and they claimed to have submitted over 8 million comments by themselves.

Sierra Club claims 8 million comments to EPA

02. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Did Sierra Club fabricate anti-coal support?

(Ed note: this article is reprinted with permission – originally published at BigGreenRadicals.com. The story reminds me of past encounters that we have had with the Sierra Club’s extravagantly fundedquestionable and perhaps a little less than honest tactics.)

 

Beyond Coal - Beyond Ethics

 

 

The Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign seeks to shutter energy production across the nation. Maybe it should be renamed “Beyond Ethics.”

In North Carolina, the Sierra Club is pressuring Duke Energy to shutter a coal plant near Asheville, touting a letter supposedly signed by 80 local businesses. However, some of the businesses say they never gave permission for their names to be used for the campaign. And one store that allegedly signed the October letter has been closed since the spring.

01. December 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Leaked Sierra Club docs show $150 million to spend on attacking coal

Leaked Sierra Club documents reveal the “green” group’s plans for their massive multi-million dollar “Beyond Coal” campaign. The confidential document shows that the group planned to spend $150 million dollars just attacking coal jobs and forcing energy prices higher.

“…we will run a strategic national campaign that pushes and supports EPA to issue a series of new pollution-cutting rules relating to each step in the coal lifecycle, including coal mining, coal burning, and disposal of coal ash.”

27. March 2014 by Jason Hayes
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Sierra Club admits to spending $27 million to kill coal jobs

Tell me again that the Sierra Club is just a small, grassroots bunch of concerned citizens … who just happen to have a $27 million budget to blow on litigation.

A published report found the Sierra Club spent $27 million on its “Beyond Coal” campaign last year. Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, recently called that number “disturbing.”

The article by SNL Financial Dec. 2 attributed the $27 million figure to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The SNL article quoted Bruce Nilles, Beyond Coal’s senior director, as saying a large share of that went to legal fees, and much of that was in appeals that targeted coal companies and coal-burning utilities.

06. December 2013 by Jason Hayes
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Anti-coal export protestors dine in luxury and train for violence

The rank hypocrisy of the green industry protestors apparently knows no bounds.

It is an education to watch the videos of the anti-coal export protests that were carried out over the past weekend (July 28, 2013) in Vancouver, WA.

30. July 2013 by Jason Hayes
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EPA regs force another plant to close

One more coal plant is closing thanks to extreme EPA regulations and green industry pressure.

What makes this closure even more troublesome is the fact that AEP — the utility that runs the plant — had initially planned to convert it to natural gas. However, “high regulatory costs and market conditions” forced them to shutter the plant instead (Apparently natural gas is even becoming a casualty of the green industry and EPA’s regulatory schemes.)

18. July 2013 by Jason Hayes
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Beyond Affordable

I’m glad to see the effort of the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy getting out to the public. Their latest work is a website, titled “Beyond Affordable.”

This website takes a look at a challenge that we have been facing from the extreme green industry for several years and recognizes that the apparent goal of groups like the Sierra Club is to make energy “beyond affordable” for the average person.

The Sierra Club knows that if electricity becomes expensive enough, you will use less of it. That is their solution – their only solution – to improving the environment.

04. December 2012 by Jason Hayes
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