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Russians used coal as a wedge issue: A closer look at the Mueller report

Hey, but Senator Capito told us that “it’s time to move on”

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As Grist reports:

About a third of Mueller’s long-awaited report, released on Thursday, has been redacted. But enough is left to determine that Russia tried to exploit America’s mixed feelings about coal in order to tip the election in Trump’s favor.

In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, a Saint . . .

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April 23, 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

Forget market forces, it’s still Obama’s fault

Yes, it’s another Intelligencer editorial on coal

First Energy recently announced that the W.H. Sammis Power Plant in Jefferson County will close in 2022. Of course, this becomes an excuse for yet another Intelligencer editorial promoting coal-fired power plants while at the same time blaming the former Obama administration.

Why will the plant be closing? The editorial tells us:

. . .

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September 04, 2018

Choosing winners and losers

Mike Myer knows his audience: Yes, it's another column that scapegoats Obama

Today’s Mike Myer column, "Picking Winners and Losers," is mostly an attack upon the Obama administration’s supposed “war on coal.” Of course, Myer totally ignores the obvious – that market forces, especially cheap natural gas, is the primary cause for coal’s decline. As Joshua Rhodes wrote in Forbes earlier this week:

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June 09, 2018

In case you missed it: Trump on West Virginia and Joe Manchin

An excerpt from yesterday's Times' interview

Yesterday, President Trump gave an impromptu interview to reporter Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times at Trump's West Palm Beach golf club. In the rambling interview, Trump briefly discussed Senator Manchin and West Virginia:

SCHMIDT: Tell me about what you were saying that the Democrats. . . . [Inaudible.] . . . Tell . . .

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December 29, 2017

Propagandizing for the coal industry

A look at the Wheeling Intelligencer’s coverage and celebration of the Trump Administration’s override of the Clean Power Plan

National coverage --- editing an AP report

The front page headline of this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer reads:

Trump Administration To Get Rid of Obama's Clean Power Plan

and what follows is the first two-thirds of the AP story. Of course, what was dropped tells another story that local . . .

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October 10, 2017

The Wheeling papers frame automation as “helping coal worker productivity”

Of course it has nothing to do with job loss; that’s always Obama’s fault

Today’s Wheeling "newspapers" have a front page article, “Technology Helping Coal Worker Productivity in the Ohio Valley”, which looks to have grown out of a Murray Energy PR release. While it appears that the article is about improved worker productivity, it demonstrates what increased mechanization is (and has been) doing to the . . .

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September 18, 2017

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