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:. . .
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
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 . . .
Your West Virginia legislature at work (or in the case of fracking, not at work)
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 . . .
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 Energy 202: Trump didn't mention coal once during his State of the Union
Trump ditches coal when hyping 'revolution in American energy' in SOTU speech
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 . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .