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Resiliency in US Coal Markets

This edition covers coal preparation, but another over-riding theme is the positive developments in metallurgical or coking coal markets. The cover story this month is Ramaco Resources’ new Elk Creek prep plant. The company, which recently commissioned America’s newest prep plant, mines, washes and sells metallurgical grade coal. The lead story in the news section talks about the turnaround that Warrior Met Coal is experiencing in Alabama. These miners managed to survive and reorganize during tough times and now they are reaping the rewards.
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From The Editor - Jan-Feb 2018 - Clean, Beautiful Coal

Much to the chagrin of the opposition and the renewable energy zealots, President Donald Trump said it again, “clean, beautiful coal,” during his recent State of the Union Address. When he said those three words, did you cheer or cringe? Looking back across the last year, the coal industry can list several political victories. But, did President Trump actually follow through on campaign promises? Coal Age has your answers on p. 14.

As this year begins, the coal industry finds itself in the middle of a recovery. Total U.S. coal production grew by 58.5 million tons in 2017 to 786.9 million tons from 728.4 million tons in 2016, according to preliminary figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). That’s an 8% improvement after two years of very steep declines. Some states faired better than others and a growing export market certainly helped.

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From The Editor - December 2017 - US Defends Fossil Fuels at COP23 in Bonn

Awkward was a term many used to describe the recent 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was held in Bonn, Germany, during mid-November. The purpose of COP23 was to discuss rules on how countries report greenhouse gas emissions and transparency. A new U.S. administration was present and it was ruffling a lot of feathers. The U.S. negotiators said they would engage other countries on energy and climate change and they did. They hosted a panel on the clean and efficient use of fossil fuels, saying that it’s undeniable that fossil fuels will be used for the foreseeable future.
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From The Editor - October 2017 - The Sunset for Sue-and-Settle Litigation

Coal Age receives hundreds of press releases every month and sorting through them is normally a mundane task, as few pertain directly to coal mining and processing. More recently, however, there has been noticeable change in those issued by the environmental nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The names of these environmental activists are familiar: National Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, etc. The mainstream media considers these groups legitimate sources, but it’s mostly rubbish and filed accordingly.

Since they lost their boardroom seats at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these NGOs have been crying the blues. It’s enough to make a depressed coal miner smile.

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From The Editor - September 2017 - Broken Promises or a Bridge Too Far?

From the time President Donald Trump first appeared in West Virginia during his campaign saying he was going to put miners back to work, the anti-coal movement has been heckling him. The mainstream press published articles questioning and refuting his ability to do this. Anti-coal groups accused him of building false hope for this disadvantaged group that had been left behind as the rest of the world moved toward cleaner energy. They were shocked when they saw miners in the White House with Trump. They jeered as regulations were rolled back, first the Stream Protection Rule (SPR) followed by a lifting of the coal-lease moratorium. The courts issued a stay against the Clean Power Plan. Then, the Trump administration said it would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. He kept his campaign promises.

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