Gas boom evades Kentucky as coal production falls

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

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.

House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on EPA impacts on coal

Washington, October 29, 2013, 1:00 pm

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. 


Natural gas offers West Virginia chance at resource wealth

National Journal

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.

National Mining Association meda briefing on Tuesday rally

Washington, October 28, 2013, 10:30 am

National Mining Association CEO Hal Quinn holds media teleconference on coal miner Capitol Hill rally on Tuesday.

Coal brings the heat to Capitol Hill

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 subcommittee hearing on EPA and mining

Washington, October 10, 2013, 1:00 pm

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.


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