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EPA Down on the MAT

By Luke Popovich

Last month, David decisioned Goliath in a heavyweight bout fought in Washington, not Vegas.

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An Extraordinary Job

By Luke Popovich

“We’re doing an extraordinary job making this the best, cooperative proposal EPA [the Environmental Protection Agency] has ever put out.” — EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, March 31, on the Clean Power Plan.

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EPA’s Gift Horse — Governors Have a Better Choice

This spring, as coal companies, their employees and suppliers are wondering if the bear market will finish them off, the Obama administration is proposing a new carbon rule to finish off any survivors. Our industry is most exposed to the coming damage from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, but soon enough others will feel our pain, too. A nation snoozing through an endless presidential campaign, comforted by low gas prices, is about to be rudely awakened to the prospect of higher utility bills.

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The Progress of Progressives

By Luke Popovich

Last month the Sierra Club crowed about the check it just cashed from the Bloomberg Foundation to help the green lobby shut down more affordable power generation. The $30 million gift — a sum much larger than the National Mining Association’s (NMA) total budget — comes on top of the $50 million the former New York City mayor steered to the Club’s “Beyond Coal Campaign” a few years ago.

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Oh! SM

They’re at it again. The Office of Surface Mining (OSM), the coal industry’s Big Brother at the Department of the Interior, is once more showing a stubborn determination to push an unwanted and unnecessary rule on coal operators. 

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