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The planet be damned

EPA administrator and former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler continues his work for the coal industry (with UPDATE)

(Note -- this post was originally published on Tuesday but the notice to subscribers has apparently just gone out today (Thursday) at 9:19 AM.)

Here's the headline from the Washington Post earlier today:

Trump EPA finalizes rollback of key Obama climate rule that targeted coal plants

It begins:

. . .

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June 19, 2019

News from the "war on coal"

A couple of very recent articles from the frontlines

From Lisa Friedman in the New York Times:

E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math

Friedman writes:

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a . . .

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Posted in: coalwar on coal

May 24, 2019

Is it unfair to say that the fossil fuel industry runs this state?

Your West Virginia legislature at work (or in the case of fracking, not at work)

Coal

From WV Metro News earlier this evening:

Senate Finance passes 3-year steam coal tax cut

Senator Doug Facemire (D – Braxton) stated the obvious:

“Are we helping the miners and the counties, or are we just going to stick this money the coal companies’ pockets?” Facemire asked.

The . . .

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March 06, 2019

Has Trump abandoned “clean, beautiful coal”?

In his SOTU address, the president talked extensively about energy but never uttered the word “coal*”

The president’s omission was not missed by the media:

The Washington Post:

The Energy 202: Trump didn't mention coal once during his State of the Union

The Hill:

Trump ditches coal when hyping 'revolution in American energy' in SOTU speech

Clean Technica:

. . .

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February 08, 2019

The Trump administration’s war on coal miners

Tombstones instead of monuments: black lung is back

From today’s New York Times:

Federal investigators this month identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung cases ever officially recorded.

More than 400 coal miners frequenting three clinics in southwestern Virginia between 2013 and 2017 were found to have . . .

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February 22, 2018

I’m sure it’s just a coincidence

Mining execs to meet at Trump hotel where rooms will be $800+ a night

The headline from yesterday’s Intercept:

After Massive Giveaways To Industry, Mining Executives Will Spend Big at Trump's D.C. Hotel

The article explains:

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVES of some of the largest coal and mining companies in the country have chosen the Trump International Hotel in Washington, . . .

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September 15, 2017

Zatezalo part 2: the News-Register praises the nominee (with 9/6 update)

Long-time readers of Wheeling papers, knew this was predictable. This past weekend a former coal company president was nominated to head the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Yesterday we read the glowing article about his nomination; today we read an enthusiastic editorial endorsement in the afternoon News-Register devoid of any . . .

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September 05, 2017

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