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Cheerleading for Trump

So much for Murray Energy

Last week I wrote about Robert Murray and Murray Energy's attempt to get relief for coal fired power plants from the Trump administration. If you follow the coal industry, this was an important story. As the Associated Press reported:

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry . . .

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August 29, 2017

The future of coal in West Virginia

A couple of times a week I check a Google search page for "coal" that sometimes leads to items for "coal news" on this blog. The search is wide and sometimes gets false hits (coal in Christmas stockings) but I've found that its often a good barometer of what is being said about coal on the Web. While the new Trump . . .

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May 08, 2017

Coal news

A symbolic event with widespread coverage: Britain goes a full day without using coal for electricity

As the New York Times and others reported earlier this week:

Friday was the first full day since the height of the Industrial Revolution that Britain did not burn coal to generate electricity, a development that . . .

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April 28, 2017

A sign of the times

What image comes to mind when you hear the words "public lands"?

As the Huffington Post noted yesterday, it's probably something like this?

Silvrback blog image

That was the photo used on the front page of the United States Bureau of Land Management until Wednesday. Here's what you'll find today:

Silvrback blog image

Yes, that's a large seam of Wyoming coal. To explain the change, the . . .

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April 07, 2017

Trump, coal and West Virginia

Paul Krugman looks at the larger question: why are we so fixated on coal jobs?

Earlier this week economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman columnist had an excellent post about the Trump presidency and the future of coal. His starting point was the president's major address in which he once again promised to bring back coal jobs. As Krugman notes, that's not going to happen:

He is not, of . . .

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March 04, 2017

Playing games with statistics

Another pro-coal editorial

This morning's editorial, "Paying Price for Assault on Coal," joins the long list of previous war-on-coal opinion pieces. Unlike a number of these editorials, however, this one cites some statistics beyond the usual "$1000 electric bills" that is sometimes used to support the editorial's points. Unfortunately, the . . .

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February 15, 2017

News from the war on coal

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the CO2 blows . . . .

Yesterday, from Vox:

China’s war on coal continues — the country just canceled 104 new coal plants

Similarly from Reuters:

In latest move, China halts over 100 coal power projects

On the other hand, from . . .

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January 18, 2017

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