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Shift to wind, solar energy benefits GOP states 6.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by natural gas, which has become cheap and plentiful as a result of hydraulic fracturing. It was the second straight year U.S. investment in renewable ...
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Trump: Bringing coal jobs back to Appalachia 5.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Dallas • Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer. Trump, however, has yet to explain exactly how he will revitalize Appalachia’s coal industry. To pull it off, he will have to overcome market forces and a push for cleaner fuels that have pummeled coal. Coal’s slump is largely the result of cheap natural gas, which now rivals coal as a fuel for generating electrici...
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AP FACT CHECK: Bringing coal jobs back to Appalachia 5.5.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
DALLAS (AP) — Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer.
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The end of coal is bringing a wrenching transition 4.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Mixed feelings from the anti-coal bandwagon as closures wreak havoc on small-town economies.
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White-nose comes West, readers respond to Grand Canyon harassment, and the election out West 2.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
HCN.org news in brief.
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Debate: The race to the bottom: Fossil fuels vs fossil news, Part 4 ... 30.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
­ — Report: Coal demand drops in almost all U.S. states — Gretchen Frazee | PBS News Hour “Coal use has dropped in all but two states since 2007, a new analysis shows — adding to the growing evidence of the fossil fuel’s continued decline. “A U.S. Energy Information Administration report released Thursday shows demand for coal increased in only Alaska and Nebraska. “In Texas, which consumes the most coal, use of the fossil fuel dropped 16 percent from 2007 to 2015. In other major coal-reliant st...
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New renewable energy projects may find opportunity in old transmission lines 29.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A Montana wind energy project plans to make use of existing infrastructure built for coal.
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Can we learn from Europe’s approach to laid-off coal miners? 27.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A more secure safety net for workers in transition means higher taxes, a tradeoff many Americans oppose.
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Bloomberg: U.S. will meet Paris climate goals 22.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
As world leaders gather Friday in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, some have expressed concern that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan on hold. Their concern is understandable, but it’s important to recognize: The federal government is not the primary force in the U.S. fight against climate change, and even if the court ultimately strikes down certain parts of the plan, the U.S. will meet and probably exceed its commitment to reduce ...
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Striking numbers show just how fast we're switching off coal 19.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Last week, even as Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest coal company, declared bankruptcy, the U.S. government issued striking figures showing how much coal production in the United States has declined in the space of just a few years. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, stated that the U.S. production of coal last month totaled 52 million short tons -- which was a 36 percent decrease from levels seen just one year earlier, in March of 2015. Lookin... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Cruz wins all 14 Wyoming Republican delegates 17.4.2016 Durango Herald
Sen. Ted Cruz has nailed down all 14 Wyoming Republican delegates up for grabs at the state party convention Saturday
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Cruz wins all 14 Wyoming Republican delegates 17.4.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Painstaking organization and in-person campaigning paid off again for Ted Cruz on Saturday as he nailed down all 14 delegates up for grabs at the Republican Party convention in Wyoming.
Letter: Who really benefits in this 'best managed' state? 16.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Legislature are proud to be the “best managed” state in the nation. But I’m concerned that their decisions to spend more than $50 million on a coal port in Oakland, Calif., which no one there wants, to protect a coal industry that is in decline (according to the Huffington Post, coal has lost two-thirds of its value in the last five years), and to spend another $14 million attempting to pry U.S. public lands out of the hands of the feds, presumably for profitable d... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Robert Stevenson: Creating better future 16.4.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Responding to Chuck McConnell’s opinion on what he calls “Coal job destruction,” I doubt that any politician sets out to “destroy jobs” as a goal. That’s not a good election strategy. In this case, Chuck notes that concern over carbon emissions from coal burning is at least one factor in reducing jobs in the coal industry, which is, no doubt, true. Chuck, himself, notes that “the proportion of CO2 produced from burning coal is greater than from other fuels.” In that respect, news reports today regarding the Peabody Energy bankruptcy have noted that a key factor in reducing the use of coal is the abundance of less-expensive, and cleaner, natural gas. So it’s not just hypothetical and inexplicable “coal-haters”; it’s also market forces. Plus, let us remember that the root reason for concern over burning coal is the small matter of saving the only planet we are currently able to inhabit. I am not a climate scientist, but virtually all in that field believe we must materially reduce carbon emissions, at risk ...
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Letter: Send Utah leaders down the coal chute 15.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The following coal-producing companies are only a portion of those who have filed for bankruptcy: • Walter Energy Inc., July 13, 2015. • Alpha Natural Resources Inc., August 3, 2015. • Arch Coal Inc., January 11, 2016. • Patriot Coal Corp., May 12, 2016. • And now Peabody Energy Corp., April 13, 2016. Businesses which produce more than 25 percent of all coal production are now in bankruptcy. Only the great leaders of the state of Utah can believe this is an industry to invest in. Please, let’s f...
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Peabody bankruptcy draws attention to mine reclamation 15.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
The bankruptcy of yet another major coal company helps draw attention to plans for financially troubled coal companies to cover the potentially huge costs of filling and restoring to a natural state mines that sooner or later might permanently close amid the industry's downturn.
Coal market bets bankrupt Peabody got it wrong 14.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A year and a half ago, the chief executive officer of America’s biggest coal miner predicted a bottom to the commodities rout that had dragged prices to their lowest level in a decade. Peabody Energy Corp.’s Greg Boyce said in an interview at the time that the fundamentals for coal were better than some feared, that supplies would soon shrink and the industry would head into an “inevitable” rebound. Prices instead continued to slide, production remained high, and on Wednesday, Peabody said it ha...
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Peabody, largest U.S. coal miner, seeks bankruptcy protection 14.4.2016 Denver Post: Business
Peabody Energy, the nation's largest coal miner, filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday as a crosscurrent of environmental, technological and economic changes wreak havoc across the ...
Peabody expects mine operations to continue &#39;as usual&#39; across U.S. operations following bankruptcy filing 14.4.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Editor's note: This story has been updated. Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal company, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, but here on the ground in Northwest Colorado, the question was how the news would affect Peabody’s underground mining operations at Twentymile Coal Company, where the company employs about 300 people. In an email to State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, Mike Blank, Peabody’s director of state government relations, offered reassurances: “I want to reinforce up front that, during this process, we expect to continue to do what we do best: mining coal, loading trains, restoring lands and maintaining our activities in a largely business-as-usual fashion across our U.S operations.” In addition, Blank wrote: “Employees will continue to receive customary wages and salaries, healthcare coverage and other benefits upon court approval, which we expect to come quickly to allow us to continue to operate in the ordinary course.”  Peabody also reported in a news release Wednesday that all of its ...
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Debate: Congressional 'Anti-Parks Caucus' is heavy with Utahns ... 14.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Just in time for National Parks Week, celebrating the 100th anniversary of America’s Best Idea: The Center for American Progress has outed what it calls the Congressional Anti-Parks Caucus. Its members include Utah’s Sen. Mike Lee and Reps. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart. Sen. Orrin Hatch is included in a list of the caucus’ “supporting cast.” — The Rise to Power of the Congressional Anti-Parks Caucus — Jenny Rowland | The Center for American Progress “ ... A Center for American Pr...
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