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EPA Rule — It’s Not Just About Coal Anymore

By Hal Quinn, President And CEO, National Mining Association

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to establish carbon dioxide performance standards for existing power plants is a stunning attempt to remake the nation’s entire electric grid at a great cost to homes and businesses across the nation. It also threatens the reliability of our electric grid, which is already close to the edge of breaking — in large part due to earlier EPA rules that are forcing many base-load power plants to close.

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People Are Concerned…

By Luke Popovich

“Our job is to do everything we can to ensure that business can take root and folks can find good jobs and America is leading in the global competition.” — President Barack Obama, 1/21/13.

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A Legacy for the (Stone) Ages

By Luke Popovich

Finally, the president seems to get it. “We are not going to clobber our economy and cost jobs with things like a job-killing carbon tax.”

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Experts Contradict White House Coal Plans

By Luke Popovich

It’s by now no secret that the Barack Obama Administration doesn’t like the coal industry and appears indifferent to those who work in it. While the White House meekly backs away from confronting foreign bad guys — acting like Boy George and Neville Chamberlain to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s Vladimir Putin — it acts like Tamerlane or Attila the Hun when confronting its own people from U.S. coalfields.

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Stayin’ Alive

By Luke Popovich

If industry managers and their utility customers share one belief with equal conviction, it’s that coal is finally out of intensive care but not yet fit to run a marathon. That theme emerged loud and clear from the 22nd Annual Platts Coal Properties and Investment conference last month in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Strong attendance testified to the resilience of the industry and the improving outlook even as gallows humor (“Welcome, survivors”) was the order of the day.

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