Trump administration rejects power plant protection
The Associated Press is reporting that the Trump administration has turned down a plea from Murray Energy to keep certain coal-fired power plants open:
The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive . . .
Dealing with the reliability of alternative energy sources
Despite the fact that the price of natural gas and alternatives has been dropping for a number of years, our local "newspapers" have consistently argued (usually without evidence) that coal is still the cheapest way to produce electricity. The locals have stuck with . . .
On Sunday, HBO's John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" had a major segment on coal and local coal owner Robert Murray. Oliver takes on coal and dares Murray, who loves to sue media sources for what Murray believes is unfair coverage, to sue him. It's a well-documented (if a bit long) segment.
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A couple of times a week I check a Google search page for "coal" that sometimes leads to items for "coal news" on this blog. The search is wide and sometimes gets false hits (coal in Christmas stockings) but I've found that its often a good barometer of what is being said about coal on the Web. While the new Trump . . .
A symbolic event with widespread coverage: Britain goes a full day without using coal for electricity
As the New York Times and others reported earlier this week:
Friday was the first full day since the height of the Industrial Revolution that Britain did not burn coal to generate electricity, a development that . . .
It is? Who won?
Yesterday's West Virginia Record headlined McKinley's words praising President Trump's signing of an executive order rolling back the regulating of carbon emissions. The article also highlights yet another stream of promises from the president:
We're going to have clean coal, really clean coal. With today's . . .
Paul Krugman looks at the larger question: why are we so fixated on coal jobs?
Earlier this week economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman columnist had an excellent post about the Trump presidency and the future of coal. His starting point was the president's major address in which he once again promised to bring back coal jobs. As Krugman notes, that's not going to happen:
He is not, of . . .