The locals cover the benefits bill for retired miners
Updated September 9
What is left out of the locals' coverage of the benefit bill for retired miners?
On today's front pages, instead of using the Associated Press' coverage (most recently, here) of the effort to pass legislation for retired miners, the local "newspapers" use an article written by their energy reporter and chief . . .
Now that the lie is in place, the locals will reference it again and again
That didn't take long
The first extended analysis of a Mike Myer column that I did for my old blog was back in March of 2014. Myer had claimed an unnamed industry analyst (my hunch was that it was a Murray Energy employee) had told him that China was not the biggest importer of U.S. coal, Germany was. I found that difficult to believe given the country's . . .
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Propagandizing for the fossil fuel industry
The Intelligencer cherry-picks and misrepresents the Harvard study on the cost of miners transitioning to solar
Back on August 10 I blogged about a new study from the Harvard Business Review that looked at the cost of retraining coal miners to work in solar energy. I quoted the study's conclusion:
The results of the study show that a relatively minor investment ($180 million to $1.8 billion, based on best and worst case scenarios) in . . .
A documentary about WV's future?
From the homepage of the documentary "After Coal":
What happens when fossil fuels run out? "After Coal" profiles inspiring individuals who are building a new future in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales.
This hour long documentary brings viewers to the front lines of the transition away . . .
Posted in: coalwar on coalwest virginia's future
Trump and coal
Coal owners, mine inspectors and the cause of bird deaths
On Monday, Donald Trump was on the campaign trail in eastern Pennsylvania talking about coal:
“I have friends that own the mines. I mean, they can’t live,” he said.
Is he talking about Bob Murray. Wow! Who knew?
Trump explained why:
“The restrictions environmentally are so . . .
Posted in: coaldonald trumpwar on coalwind energy
Donald Trump and the future of West Virginia coal
Could a President Trump save coal and West Virginia?
Last week, Donald Trump and the Republican Convention appeared to embrace West Virginians. Great seats (you can't put a price tag on that), a prime-time speech for Senator Capito (which none of the networks carried), and a plank in the party platform committing the Party to the . . .
More on Capito, in-the-know West Virginians, and "the war on affordable electricity"
That didn't take long -- one day to be precise (see the last paragraph of the previous post). This morning's Intelligencer editorial is back to praising West Virginians for being smarter than everyone else and for fighting the good fight on the use of coal:
West Virginians were reminded Tuesday night of why, when it . . .
Posted in: alternative energyclimate changecoalintelligencer editorialrepublican national conventionshelley moore capitowar on coalwest virginians