Kentucky's coal production has fallen sharply in recent years, but unlike neighboring West Virginia, the state doesn't have large shale reserves for natural gas development to counteract the economic loss, National Journal reports.
In the latest move on climate policy, the Treasury Department will no longer contribute U.S. funds for coal projects financed by the World Bank and other international development banks, The New York Times reports.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Miners from West Virginia, Virginia and other states are joining 30 members of Congress in Washington, D.C., to rally against regulatory polices they say are killing jobs in coal country.
Count on Coal's Rally for American Energy Jobs is Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol.
The draft bill unveiled Monday by a bipartisan pair of coal-state lawmakers would not impose an outright ban on Environmental Protection Agency regulation of carbon emissions from power plants. But it would have almost the same outcome in terms of actual carbon reductions, at least in the early going.
The proposal by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., would allow EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to impose only modest initial limits on any new coal-fired plants.
House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing, "EPA’s Regulatory Threat to Affordable, Reliable Energy: The Perspective of Coal Communities." Civic leaders, coal trade group representatives to testify.
Hydraulic fracturing has allowed West Virginia to expand natural gas production, offering the state a chance to boost incomes and long-term resource wealth not offered by coal, National Journal reports.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy has been staging a media blitz to sell President Barack Obama's plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants. This week, the coal industry fights back.
Coal miners and coal companies are taking to Capitol Hill to make their case that Obama's EPA is a threat to their jobs and low electricity costs. They'll be backed by coal-state lawmakers, who will unveil a draft bill to limit EPA powers and will stage their first hearing to air coal country criticism of McCarthy and Obama.
House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing, "EPA vs. American Mining Jobs: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy." West Virginia Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner Edmond Fogels among witnesses.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton leveled fresh criticism of President Obama’s energy policies after a report from the Congressional Research Service found that oil and gas production declined on federal leases, The Hill reports.
Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gained 1 cent to settle at $103.76 a barrel on the Nymex after the Energy Information Administration reported a hike in U.S. inventories last week, while in London Brent rose 24 cents to close at $109.60 a barrel, the highest level in six weeks, according to Bloomberg.
Former President Jimmy Carter signed a letter with other Nobel laureates declaring the proposed pipeline would contribute to global “climate upheaval,” and should be rejected by the Obama administration, Bloomberg reports.
Keystone XL opponents Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., submitted comments to the State Department urging Secretary John Kerry to face up to “the reality of climate change” and reject the proposed project.
Clean energy investment is on the rise again after two years of declines, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimates new money coming into the sector increased by more than $4 billion, or 9 percent, in the first quarter, led by demand for rooftop solar panels.
Bonds may be the best way to raise money for clean energy projects, says a report from the Brookings Institution, although the think tank notes that few developers have used bonds because of difficulties in accessing the markets, E&E reports.
On expectations that the California Public Utilities Commission will adopt its proposed decision barring utilities from charging fees to connect solar systems that use battery storage, SolarCity anticipates returning to file applications to connect the systems in the state, Bloomberg reports.
Only about 200 of Ford's F-150 pickups that can run on compressed natural gas have been sold, FuelFix reports, noting that company officials predict interest will grow once the vehicle gets more established in the market.
California’s extreme drought conditions finally may get residents and communities past the psychological hump that’s been turning them away from recycling wastewater to get drinking water, National Journal reports.
If the U.S. energy boom is to be sustainable, new technology will have to be brought into play to get more out of fracking wells, former Energy Department assistant secretary Charles McConnell told a Houston symposium, FuelFix reports.