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The “war on coal” is over

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 . . .

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May 07, 2020

Breaking news: WV Senate reaches 21st century

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 . . .

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February 15, 2020

Coal news

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

. . .

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October 29, 2019

The planet be damned

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:

. . .

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June 19, 2019

Forget about clean energy standards and cheap electricity -- we need to get Trump re-elected

Ohio's House of Representatives votes to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants

From Politico:

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 . . .

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May 30, 2019

News from the "war on coal"

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

Friedman writes:

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 . . .

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May 24, 2019

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

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