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The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent
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The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claimed that the U.S. has created 50,000 jobs in the coal sector since the fourth quarter of 2016. The statistic carries an important message for the White House. Trump has brought extraordinary attention […]

COAL: No one is holding breath for Trump-led revival in this IL town
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COAL: No one is holding breath for Trump-led revival in this IL town

WEST FRANKFORT, IL — “It’s Friday afternoon in May at Terry’s Barber Shop, just hours before the midway and carnival games kick off a block away at the Old King Coal Festival, an annual celebration of the area’s mining heritage that goes back to 1941. Terry Chambers opened his barbershop […]

An image captured by a drone of the Brushy Fork Slurry Impoundment, a coal waste embankment that ranks as the tallest dam in the Western Hemisphere (Credit: Coal River Mountain Watch).
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COAL: Art, activism mix in airborne crusade against strip mining

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV — “Environmentalists have turned a hobbyist drone into a weapon in their long, bitter battle against strip mining. Junior Walk of Coal River Mountain Watch has recorded hours of aerial footage of mountaintop-removal coal mining and the massive Brushy Fork coal slurry impoundment in southwest West Virginia […]

Coal is about to disappear from New England
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Coal is about to disappear from New England

SOMERSET, MA — “For Pat Haddad, a good day is one when she returns home from the state Legislature to see steam rising from Brayton Point Power Station’s twin 497-foot-tall cooling towers. New England’s largest coal plant has long powered the economy in Haddad’s hometown of Somerset, a community of […]

COAL: Stream rule dies, but ex-miners keep fighting
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COAL: Stream rule dies, but ex-miners keep fighting

NAOMA, WV — “A stroke of President Trump’s pen earlier this year erased a regulation that took Barack Obama’s entire presidency to draft. Flanked in a White House ceremony by coal miners, their bosses and a handful of lawmakers, Trump proclaimed that his repeal of the fledgling Stream Protection Rule would […]

Mending mining country: Three ways Trump could help miners and coal communities
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Mending mining country: Three ways Trump could help miners and coal communities

ATHENS — “At a March ceremony to sign an executive order reversing Obama-era environmental regulations, coal miners were arranged on stage around President Donald Trump as he took up his pen. ‘You know what it says, right?’ Trump asked the miners. ‘You’re going back to work.’ From his campaign rallies […]

IEEFA extra: Why coal bailouts won’t work
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IEEFA extra: Why coal bailouts won’t work

CLEVELAND — “‘Anyone who watches the energy markets knows the coal industry is in serious trouble. The political rhetoric around the energy markets is higher than it’s been for years, if not decades. The truth of the matter is that nothing can reverse the market forces that are pushing coal […]

FirstEnergy’s profits down, FirstEnergy Solutions could be forced into bankruptcy over dispute with railroads
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FirstEnergy’s profits down, FirstEnergy Solutions could be forced into bankruptcy over dispute with railroads

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. says its profits in the first three months of the year were down compared to year-ago earnings, primarily because of expenses to settle railroad coal delivery contracts it no longer needs. …The company on Thursday announced to investors in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that […]

2 Tennessee cases bring coal’s hidden hazard to light
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2 Tennessee cases bring coal’s hidden hazard to light

GALLATIN, TN — “The hulking Gallatin Fossil Plant sits on a scenic bend of the Cumberland River about 30 miles upstream from Nashville. In addition to generating electricity, the plant, built in the early 1950s by the Tennessee Valley Authority, produces more than 200,000 tons of coal residue a year. […]

The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s
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The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s

WASHINGTON, DC — “‘My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth,’ President Trump said earlier this week before a group of coal miners. Trump was announcing the rollback of several Obama-era environmental regulations that would have affected industries such as […]