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Robert Murray speaks to a recent fossil fuels gathering in Texas and praises Representative Lamar Smith for "investigating" scientists

Politicus summarizes:

At a Texas Public Policy Foundation event this week where the fossil fuel industry gathered to plot their attacks on the climate, the owner and CEO of . . .

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November 30, 2015

Is the SEC the new IRS?

Will it become a scary government agency for some coal companies?

For as long as I can remember, the IRS has been seen as one of the scariest of government agencies in our popular culture: "You can mess with the rest, but watch out if the IRS is coming after you. Don't forget, that's who got Al Capone!" I don't know how true it was or is but I do think the IRS is still one of the most . . .

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November 11, 2015

Ignoring western coal

Why mention coal subsidies when its so much easier to blame the president for the decline of Appalachian coal?

This morning's Intelligencer front page tells us that a group of Democratic senators are trying to "charge companies for pollution":

A group of Senate Democrats are pushing to charge companies for potential carbon dioxide pollution they cause while working on federal lands.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., ranking . . .

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November 09, 2015

Additional evidence that the "war on coal" is over

Charles Patton, the president of WV's largest electric utility - Appalachian Power, spoke yesterday at the state Energy Summit. David Gutman in this morning's Gazette-Mail reported what Patton said (emphasis is mine):

Coal consumption is not likely to increase, regardless of whether new federal regulations on power . . .

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October 28, 2015

Are our local "newspapers" really in favor of "affordable electricity"?

You may have noticed that the local "newspapers" have started using "war on affordable electricity" instead of "war on coal." I think that's because they figure that appealing to the pocketbook is more likely to persuade the audience. Beyond their assertions and use of questionable evidence that electricity . . .

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October 12, 2015

Major corporations switch sides in the "war on coal"

(Walmart, Proctor & Gamble, Starbucks and other Fortune 500 companies turn to renewables)

Our local "newspapers" like to place primary blame for the decline of West Virginia coal mining on President Obama and "his" EPA. For any number of reasons, he is a convenient scapegoat -- never mind that market forces and a growing public awareness of the causes of climate change started coal's decline long before his . . .

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September 24, 2015

An editorial on WV job loss

Taking note of the News-Register's assault on economic theory and ethical journalism

Wednesday afternoon's lead editorial, "Taking Note of Assault on West Virginia" references a blog post written by Anna Louie Sussman for the Wall Street Journal last Friday. Sussman's post examines the causes of West Virginia's employment drop. What the News-Register does in its editorial is distort the blog's . . .

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August 27, 2015

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