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She Said What?

Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary R. Clinton called on Peabody Energy to “do the right thing” last month. Her statement was in reference to Peabody’s involvement with the Patriot bankruptcy and asset sale. St. Louis newspapers quoted Mrs. Clinton as saying, the retired miners — who “put their own health and safety at risk for years so the rest of us could have the affordable, reliable electricity we take for granted” — and their dependents don’t deserve having to risk losing their benefits. Peabody, for its part, simply said Mrs. Clinton was misinformed.

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Court Wisely Grants a Stay on WOTUS

During early October, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a nationwide stay on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The proposed rule was an effort to clarify the scope of federal regulatory jurisdiction to satisfy U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006, which concluded that the agencies adopted an interpretation that unduly widened the scope of their authority. Many cases against the WOTUS rule are pending in courts around the country.

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Adding Insult to Injury

Last month, Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, penned a power editorial, “Scraps from the Table: Obama’s Plan an Insult to West Virginia’s Coal Mining Families.” Coal Age readers can find it at www.wvcoal.com. Raney has been a fierce advocate for coal and the Mountain State for many years. In the piece, he admonished the Charleston Gazette, which has long taken an anti-coal stance, for suggesting that the industry thank President Barack Obama for tossing a few dollars to the American coal industry after systematically destroying it for six years.

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Energy Deception

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out its Clean Power Plan (CPP) during August. The details of and the opposition to the plan are covered in several articles in this edition, including the first two stories in the News section, the Dateline Washington column and the Marketwatch column. SNL Energy quickly compiled a report that accurately determined which states would win and lose under the plan. Spoiler alert: There are many more losers than winners.

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Carbon and the Climate Change Dogma

The late June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court revealed just how reckless the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has become. In Michigan v. EPA, several states and industry groups, including the National Mining Association, challenged the EPA’s mercury rule for power plants, which would have essentially forced most of the coal-fired power plants to close as part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan. A Supreme Court that made several landmark decisions — it bent over backward to support the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and it ruled in favor of gay marriage — acknowledged that the regulatory overreach by the Obama administration and the EPA was just too much. The ruling was a huge win for people and businesses that rely on inexpensive power from coal.

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