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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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From The Editor - July-August 2017 - Restoring Constructive Engagement

Coal Age produced another successful Longwall USA during June. Overall, the technical program was informative and representatives from almost every U.S. longwall operation were on hand. The cover story this month on the Tunnel Ridge mine is based on a presentation they delivered. It will put to rest any debate about underground coal miners embracing technology and the future impacts of automation. Coal Age also recognized the top three U.S. longwall mines. (See Awards, p. 12.) Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association (NMA), delivered a keynote address that was basically a 180° reversal of the speech he delivered just two years ago (See Dateline Washington, p. 8). His message was change is happening and more is on the way.

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From The Editor - June 2017 - China Can’t Lead the Way

The U.S. announced that it would withdraw from the Paris climate accord as expected at the beginning of June and begin negotiations to either re-enter or negotiate an entirely new agreement with more favorable terms. (See News, p. 13.) During the December 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, parties reached an agreement to combat climate change. In September 2016, the U.S. formally entered the Paris agreement under the former administration. The current administration estimates that complying with the Paris climate accord would cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion over the next several decades.

Environmental activists immediately cried foul and demonstrations were held in some urban centers. Moderates in the mainstream media also tried to guilt the tech-savvy crowd by suggesting that, if the U.S. pulled out of the agreement, China would lead the way and leave America behind. That is complete nonsense.

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