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Air Raid

If the pundits and prognosticators are on the mark, the mid-term elections will dampen if not douse completely any enthusiasm in the 112th Congress for new legislative attacks on fossil energy industries such as ours. Remember “it’s the economy, stupid”?  Well, it still is. That’s largely why Republicans are expected to strengthen their grip on Congress, and together with coal-state Democrats, end legislative threats to coal mining, coal ash and coal-based generation for now.

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Don’t Like this Program? Change the Dial

Brothers and sisters of the coal community, you may be pleased with your elected representative in Congress for his coal friendly voting record and want to show your appreciation. Or you may be frustrated by clueless politicians who don’t appreciate what you and King Coal do for this country. Maybe you’re annoyed at policies coming out of Washington that seem to favor “green” jobs over existing ones, renewable energy over affordable energy.

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The Strength of Team USA

In soccer it’s called an “own goal”—a player mistakenly kicks the ball into his own net, scoring one for the opposition.  There were a couple of own goals scored this month during the World Cup in South Africa, but none was bigger than the one committed here in the United States.

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That Four Letter Word

If you’re doing The New York Times crossword puzzle and need a four-letter word for “jobs,” you could do worse than trying “C-O-A-L.”  

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Fossil Fuel Follies

“Without question, there is going to be a blistering, scalding indictment of the practices the industry engaged in,” thundered Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in response to the headline-grabbing accident that dominated daily news coverage. No, not the Upper Big Branch mine accident; that was the subject of last week’s indictment. Markey was shaking his rhetorical fist at the oil industry for the BP spill.

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