The Governor switches parties
Local editor and weekend columnist Mike Myer devoted most of today's column to analyzing our governor's decision to switch parties. His conclusion:
During the past week, I’ve heard any number of speculations on why Justice switched parties (again). But the self-interest angle makes the most sense.
Oh, . . .
A couple of important articles about the future of coal from scholarly and industry sources
Today's online edition of Forbes magazine carries a blog post by Steve Cicala from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Cicala explains his purpose:
I’d like to use this post to address a common narrative that started long . . .
Could a President Trump save coal and West Virginia?
Last week, Donald Trump and the Republican Convention appeared to embrace West Virginians. Great seats (you can't put a price tag on that), a prime-time speech for Senator Capito (which none of the networks carried), and a plank in the party platform committing the Party to the . . .
Some thoughts on today's moratorium on federal land coal-mining leases
As the Washington Post reported this morning:
The Obama administration on Friday ordered a moratorium on new leases for coal mined from federal lands as part of a sweeping review on the government’s management of vast amounts of taxpayer-owned coal throughout the West.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the temporary . . .
Robert Murray speaks to a recent fossil fuels gathering in Texas and praises Representative Lamar Smith for "investigating" scientists
At a Texas Public Policy Foundation event this week where the fossil fuel industry gathered to plot their attacks on the climate, the owner and CEO of coal giant Murray Energy . . .
Why mention coal subsidies when its so much easier to blame the president for the decline of Appalachian coal?
This morning's Intelligencer front page tells us that a group of Democratic senators are trying to "charge companies for pollution":
A group of Senate Democrats are pushing to charge companies for potential carbon dioxide pollution they cause while working on federal lands.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., ranking member of the . . .