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Chamber of Commerce backs bill to rein in Obama carbon rules

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday threw its weight behind a draft bill by two coal-state lawmakers that would undercut President Barack Obama's ability to curb carbon emissions from power plants.

The open letter to Congress by R. Bruce Josten, the chamber's executive vice president for government affairs, calls on lawmakers to support the bill that is to be formally introduced in the coming days by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.

Grimes' coal support a challenge for green groups

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Politico

Environmental groups are weighing supporting Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, a supporter of coal and critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, or passing on the race and the chance to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. one of Democrats' top targets next year, Politico reports.

Poland gives coal a voice during UN climate talks

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — With coal-reliant Poland hosting U.N. climate talks, the fossil fuel industry will get a rare chance to play a more visible role in the global warming debate.

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DOE directs millions of dollars to 'clean coal' projects

The Energy Department on Thursday announced $84 million in grants to 18 research projects intended to bring down the cost of carbon capture technology at coal-fired power plants.

The grants to 10 companies and one university were announced the same day Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was hosting the fifth international ministerial meeting on carbon sequestration.

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EPA pushes back against carbon outreach barbs

The Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution chief on Friday defended the Obama administration's public engagement on planned climate change regulations in an apparent response to criticism that officials are avoiding contact with coal-dependent states.

"In carrying our President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, EPA is conducting unprecedented and vigorous outreach and public engagement with key stakeholders and the general public," asserted Janet McCabe, EPA's acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, in a posting on the agency's website.

Gas boom evades Kentucky as coal production falls

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National Journal

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.

Obama will no longer fund coal projects oveseas

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The New York Times

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.

Clean Energy Action issues report on rising coal costs

Washington, October 30, 2013, 1:00 pm

Boulder-based Clean Energy Action releases report on higher costs for delivered coal and impact on low-cost coal reserve estimates. 

Coal miners head to Washington for rally

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.

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Manchin-Whitfield bill would put brakes on Obama's carbon plan

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.

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