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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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The Other Washington

It is truly the winter of industry’s discontent. Producers just survived a tough year and now they face another one that looks to be little better. Prices for this vital fossil fuel have collapsed, dropping more than 50% in six months while share prices nosedive. 

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Happier New Year

By Luke Popovich

What does it say about the new year’s outlook for coal when you learn that the good news, or at least the best news, is likely to come from Washington? Yes, that’s Washington, D.C.

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