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Britain Quit Coal. Why Doesn’t America?

June 24, 2018 |

While the Trump administration scrambles to save coal , Britain has shuttered its last deep mine and vowed to stop using coal for electricity by 2025. How did two nations take such different paths? Apparently cheap foreign coal and a political willingness to undergo the pain of mine closures fueled Britain’s…
Newser

Trump orders action to stem shutdowns of coal and nuclear power plants

June 2, 2018 |

President Trump has ordered his Energy Department secretary to take immediate action to stem power plant closures, arguing that a decline in coal and nuclear electricity is putting the nation’s security at risk.

“Impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion…


L.A. Times – Business

In Coal Country, a ‘Slow-Rolling Disaster’

May 24, 2018 |

In what one epidemiologist calls a “slow-rolling disaster,” a new set of studies presented at an American Thoracic Society conference this week offered glum news for coal miners. Per NPR , more Appalachian miners are plagued by both early- and late-stage pneumoconiosis , or “black lung disease,” than previous research suggested. Sifting…
Newser

Judge strikes down Oakland’s ban on shipping coal through port

May 16, 2018 |

A federal judge struck down the city of Oakland’s ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal through a proposed export terminal that U.S. miners see as a key link to overseas markets.

The ban — enacted by the city in 2014 — violates a development agreement, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria…


L.A. Times – Business

Former Coal Baron Vying for Senate Accused of Racist Ad

May 4, 2018 |

A former coal executive who served a year in prison related to a 2010 mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 people is now denying claims of racism as he seeks a Senate seat in the state. In a new ad , Republican Don Blankenship claims “swamp captain Mitch McConnell…
Newser

Trump Faces Test on Coal With FirstEnergy Appeal

April 2, 2018 |

The administration’s commitment to coal is under its stiffest test yet after an Ohio energy company made a plea to favor that power source over its many rivals, including oil and natural gas.
WSJ.com: US Business

Pennsylvania House candidates target those impacted by coal industry’s demise

March 9, 2018 |

The future of coal mining has become center stage in the District 18 House race in Pennsylvania – with both candidates, Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone trying to win over coal mining workers who have struggled to find jobs after the industry dried up.
FOX News

John Oliver Wins This Round Against Coal Mogul

February 26, 2018 |

In the battle of John Oliver vs. coal mogul Bob Murray, Oliver has come out on top in one big way. Murray sued Oliver for defamation over the late-night host’s Last Week Tonight takedown of the coal industry in general and Murray in particular , but last week, a West Virginia…
Newser

Coal Jobs Get a Boost—From Exports

February 25, 2018 |

Miners in Indiana and other states are getting a small lift from global markets: American companies are shipping more coal to Europe and Asia, helping to stop the yearslong drop in the number of U.S. mining jobs.
WSJ.com: US Business