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John Oliver on coal and Robert Murray

On Sunday, HBO's John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" had a major segment on coal and local coal owner Robert Murray. Oliver takes on coal and dares Murray, who loves to sue media sources for what Murray believes is unfair coverage, to sue him. It's a well-documented (if a bit long) segment.


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June 21, 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

Rep. McKinley: "The nightmare of the War on Coal is now officially over."

It is? Who won?

Yesterday's West Virginia Record headlined McKinley's words praising President Trump's signing of an executive order rolling back the regulating of carbon emissions. The article also highlights yet another stream of promises from the president:

We're going to have clean coal, really clean coal. With today's . . .

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April 04, 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

Coal news

Look what we found in the swamp to oversee the prosecution of crimes against the environment

From Lee Fang in The Intercept:

Donald Trump Puts Coal Lobbyist in Charge of Prosecuting Environmental Crimes

Fang writes:

A LOBBYIST FOR a utility company that heavily relies on coal-fueled power . . .

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January 27, 2017

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