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EPA Policies Hit Home in West Virginia

By Steve Fiscor

At the end of July, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to host hearings in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. to discuss President Barack Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which limits carbon dioxide from existing coal-fired power plants. These meetings were scheduled after the agency was berated for not hosting hearings in the regions most affected by its decisions. While none of these locations would be considered the heart of coal country, all of them were close enough for coal miners and the people who understand their importance to the U.S. economy to stage rallies and make sure their voices were heard.

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Skeptics Gather in Las Vegas

By Steve Fiscor

During early July, the Heartland Institute hosted the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC) in Las Vegas. A total of 64 speakers - mostly scientists, economists and policy experts from around the world who are skeptical about the claims of global warming alarmists - gave presentations. These professionals and many others, including the Heartland Institute, think the threat of man-made global warming is being overblown. These are the scientists supporting our business.

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Mistakenly Marginalized

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its sweeping guidelines to cut carbon emissions on June 2 (See News, p. 4), few if any people outside the energy sector heard the message or even understood the implications. The announcement was overshadowed by a prisoner exchange and the scandal with the VA hospitals. The big story in the business world that day was the unveiling of Apple’s latest technology at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Constant and Continuous Improvement

Our hearts and prayers are with the widows and their families in Manisa. As this edition was going to press, the world watched with heavy hearts as surviving miners carried injured and dead miners to the surface in Turkey. More than 280 miners had perished after a fire broke out at the Soma mine, and 150 or so more were unaccounted for. The death toll will surely climb by the time this magazine hits your desk. If we ever learn the true figure for the loss of life, it will be staggering.

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Blankenship Produces a UBB Documentary

Four years have passed since families and friends lost their loved ones in the Upper Big Branch (UBB) tragedy, and Coal Age would like to express its condolences. On April 5, 2010, 29 miners were killed in an explosion at the UBB mine in West Virginia. This year when people in the region were paying their respects to the fallen miners, former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship released a 51-minute documentary on YouTube (www.ubbneveragain.com).

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