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    Coal Exports: Comprehensive Environmental Review Could Set Dangerous Precedent

    Anti-coal politicians want to use the environmental process to more comprehensively analyze the greenhouse gas impact on coal exports. This would not only reduce coal production in the U.S. but it would also set a dangerous precedent for all exports. The Army Corps of Engineers is analyzing the environmental effects … More

    EPA’s Jackson Leaves Legacy of Higher Costs, Less Consumer Choice

    Lisa Jackson will retire from her position as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this month as the most prolific regulator of her class of Obama administrators. This is not a distinction to be coveted. Under Jackson’s leadership, the EPA has issued 1,824 regulations. For context, the Department of … More

    Obama Continues to Skin the Cat with More Coal Closures

    The skin continues to come off the cat. President Obama’s wish of a cap-and-trade plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would have bankrupted the coal industry, but the legislation failed to make it through the Senate. The frustrated President then said that cap and trade was only one way of … More

    U.S. Shed 9,000 Mining, Energy Jobs in October, 17,000 Since May

    Buried in Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the country’s unemployment situation was this disheartening fact: 9,000 employees of the mining and resource extraction sector lost their jobs in October. That brings total job losses in that sector to 17,000 since May, according to BLS. The Bureau, which is … More

    Installing Windmills Doesn't Make the Wind Blow

    A tweet from the Department of Energy (DOE) gives a link to a DOE webpage highlighting a graph from, and giving a link to, a study by the American Wind Energy Association. Skipping the question of how appropriate it is for the DOE to flack for an advocacy organization, we … More

    Obama Campaign Quietly Adds 'Clean Coal' to Energy Policy Website

    After coming under fire for its consistent hostility to the coal industry, the Obama campaign quietly adjusted its energy policy website to include “clean coal” among the president’s energy initiatives. The energy policy page of BarackObama.com now includes a section for “clean coal,” claiming the stimulus package “invested substantially in … More

    The Human Consequences of EPA's War on Coal

    There are very real consequences to the Environmental Protection Agency’s continued efforts to undermine America’s coal industry. Those consequences were recently spotlighted in an industry-produced video, embedded above. Maria Tworek owns a sports bar in Omaha, Nebraska. “Our energy bills are sky-high,” Tworek explains. The bar has to keep its … More

    EPA CO2 Regulation Effectively Bans New Coal Facilities

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new rule to regulate CO2 emissions from power plants, which would effectively ban new coal power plants, as its emissions standards are too low to be met by conventional coal-fired facilities. This stands in stark contrast with the President’s supposed “all of the … More

    Markey’s Misguided View of Energy Exports

    Last week, Representative Ed Markey (D–CA) sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu questioning whether exporting natural gas would benefit American businesses and consumers. He wrote, “I am worried that exporting America’s natural gas would raise energy costs for American consumers, reduce the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses, … More

    Texas Coal Company Announces 500 Layoffs, Sues to Block EPA Regulation

    It was sadly ironic that Texas energy company Luminant announced it would lay off 500 employees on the same morning that President Obama unveiled legislation designed to promote job growth. The company said that a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency will force it to cease operations at two … More