If you believed that Trump promise, I have a few more about the coronavirus
In 2016, Trump promised to put coal miners back to work but it did not happen as coal employment dropped during his administration. As Quartz summarized yesterday:
The number of people employed by the coal mining industry has fallen 15% since Trump took office in January 2017.
This happened despite the . . .
Today, May 7, 2020, the Wheeling News-Register published a pro-alternative energy editorial
I think this is significant.
The “war” was never really a real war as much as a rallying cry for the coal industry and its supporters. Today, Ogden Newspaper’s Wheeling News-Register, long a mainstay in the industry’s propaganda battle, signaled that it was over with its editorial “Area Can Benefit From Solar Energy.”
It . . .
Passes state's first solar bill
From the Associated Press:
The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they’re making it clear that they don’t want the coal industry to feel left out.
The proposal, which would create a regulatory program for utilities to use . . .
Murray bankruptcy and the continuing decline of the coal industry
Murray declares bankruptcy
From CNBC earlier this morning:
Murray Energy joins growing list of coal companies to declare bankruptcy
Today's Wall Street Journal sees this as a long-term trend:
In Pro-Trump West Virginia Coal Country, the Jobs Keep Leaving
Fixing the blame. . .
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:. . .
Ohio's House of Representatives votes to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants
The Ohio House approved a bill Wednesday to gut clean energy standards and subsidize at-risk nuclear and coal plants after a last-minute push from a Trump reelection official to secure its passage.
Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls Tuesday night to at least five . . .
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 . . .