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Trump, Coal, and Lies

If anyone is in a position to comment on the strength of the U.S. coal industry, it would be Cecil Roberts, President of the United Mine Workers of America (pictured).  That’s what makes the contrast in the following set of

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Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

On my reading list is New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer’s new book, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right,” that explores how the Koch brothers and fellow right-wing billionaires have funded a

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Retraining Employees from the Dying Coal Industry

As coal-fired power plants are shuttered due to the high costs of operation relative to renewables and natural gas, it is natural to worry about the financial well-being of the people formerly employed in the industry–even though we need to

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Another Coal Plant Shuttered Due To Competition from Renewables, Natural Gas

Early last week, the final load of coal entered the Navajo Generating Station by train; the electric companies that own the coal plant voted in 2017 to close it, citing lower prices from competitive resources.

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Fossil Fuels: Boon and Bane

A tidbit for today from the Writer’s Almanac: On this date in 1859, petroleum was discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania. It’s been called “the most important oil well ever drilled” because it marked the beginning of the modern petroleum age. Petroleum had been

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Don’t Paint All Oil Companies with the Same Brush

Those who blame all oil companies equally for their indifference to climate stability are doing so out of gross ignorance of the real-world goings on.  In particular, Shell Oil, headed by Ben van Beurden, is aggressively fashioning its business, with

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OPEC Fears Climate Campaigners

OPEC warns climate campaigners are “greatest threat to our industry going forward.” The largest oil cartel in the world sits on top of countless trillions of dollars of crude, and understandably, they don’t want that value to fall–for any reason. 

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Cuyahoga River Fire: 50 Years Ago Today

The evisceration of the Environmental Protection Agency continues to become even more extreme.  It doesn’t help that the EPA is run by a man who’s spent his entire career promoting coal, but it gets far, far worse. 

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Coal Kills, So Let’s Welcome It Back

Those who eagerly await the Apocalypse will like this: the latest roll-back of environmental regulations concerning the consumption of coal.  Andrew Wheeler (seated), administrator of the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency is shown here repealing the federal law (The Clean

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Part of the Pressure on Coal Is Coming from……Trump Himself

China is the world’s largest consumer of coal; in fact, it consumes almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined–and, in the old days, lots of it had come via imports from the U.S.  But what happened

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