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“There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear”

Hey Intelligencer, whatever happened to Bob Murray and Murray Energy?

Local newspaper readers: if you haven’t noticed, Murray Energy and its CEO have virtually disappeared from the pages of Ogden's Ohio Valley “newspapers.” So far in 2020, the Wheeling papers have carried only three news articles about Murray Energy. (For comparison, this is my sixth blog post about the company this year.)

For our . . .

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May 16, 2020

The “war on coal” is over

Today, May 7, 2020, the Wheeling News-Register published a pro-alternative energy editorial

I think this is significant.

The “war” was never really a real war as much as a rallying cry for the coal industry and its supporters. Today, Ogden Newspaper’s Wheeling News-Register, long a mainstay in the industry’s propaganda battle, signaled that it was over with its editorial “Area Can Benefit From Solar Energy.”

It . . .

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May 07, 2020

Forget about clean energy standards and cheap electricity -- we need to get Trump re-elected

Ohio's House of Representatives votes to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants

From Politico:

The Ohio House approved a bill Wednesday to gut clean energy standards and subsidize at-risk nuclear and coal plants after a last-minute push from a Trump reelection official to secure its passage.

Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls Tuesday night to at least five . . .

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May 30, 2019

Forget market forces, it’s still Obama’s fault

Yes, it’s another Intelligencer editorial on coal

First Energy recently announced that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Jefferson County will close in 2022. Of course, this becomes an excuse for yet another Intelligencer editorial promoting coal-fired power plants while at the same time blaming the former Obama administration.

Why will the plant be closing? The editorial tells us:

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September 04, 2018

Last night's debates, media coverage of the "war on coal" and West Virginia's future

While I was writing about last night's West Virginia gubernatorial debate there was another debate going on between the Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates. The statements of Mike Pence and Tim Kaine have been fact-checked here and here and apparently the "war on coal" did play a part in the debate. Here is . . .

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October 05, 2016

Trump and jobs for coal miners

Trump's Monday energy speech

Yesterday's local "newspapers" used an AP report to cover candidate Trump's energy address. Consequently, they missed his comments about reviving the coal industry. (That, or they're saving them for a later editorial.) Other newspapers did cover them. Here is what the Wall Street . . .

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August 10, 2016

Tuesday's Intelligencer editorial tell us: "Energy Statistics Often Misleading"

The editorial is a prime example

The editorial starts by discussing a WalletHub study of state-by-state energy costs. The study found that West Virginia was the 25th most expensive state while Ohio was 17th. What appears to upset the editorial writer, however, is that California is one of the least-expensive states coming in at #45:

As encouraging as the . . .

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July 27, 2016

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