Consumers and environmentalists be damned: The WV Public Service Commission, with two* of its three members being former employees of the West Virginia Coal Association, votes to keep coal-fired power plants running past 2028
From WV News:
A TRIO OF coal-fired power plants will be able to remain in operation through at least 2040 under a new order issued by the state Public Service Commission Tuesday. Read about it here: https://t.co/UNz4HbQszM— WV News (@WVNews247) October 12, 2021
WV Metro News noted the opposition:
Groups ranging . . .
Governor Jim Justice appoints career coal executive “to ensure fair and prompt regulation of public utilities”
Here’s the mission statement of the West Virginia Public Service Commission:
And here is Ogden's Steven Allen Adams description of Bill Raney:
Raney served for 28 years as president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association. He retired from that role on Jan. 1 and was replaced by . . .
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 . . .