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The Time Is Right for a New Mine Safety Paradigm

Can the U.S. mining industry achieve its long-stated goal of zero fatalities? If so, what will it take to achieve it? These questions need to be openly and honestly discussed, and now is not too soon.  The reason is simple: mine safety performance, while improving, appears mired in a trough. Annual improvement followed by annual decline has become more the rule than the exception.

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Is that an Iceberg Ahead?

We Americans, you can’t keep us down. Our voices and our clothes may be too loud for refined tastes. But thanks to our super-charged energy production, we are now the envy of the global economy just six years after we nearly wrecked it.

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Happy New Year?

While the coal industry was nursing a New Year’s hangover, grateful to bid good riddance to a dismal 2013 marked by falling production and employment, the renewable energy industry was opening Christmas gifts from the Obama administration.

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No Country for Coal Men

By Luke Popovich

With its greenhouse gas rules for new and existing power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency is about to do to affordable electricity what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has done to affordable health insurance. There will be less of both at this rate.

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Where’s the Omelet?

By Luke Popovich

In the darkest days of the Cold War, Soviet sympathizers defended Stalin’s purges by reminding the rest of us that historical progress always comes at a cost. “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs,” they said.

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