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Trump Stacks Labor Department with Friends of Big Business 19.9.2017 American Prospect
(Photo: Rex Features via AP Images) Patrick Pizzella testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on his nomination as Deputy US Secretary of Labor on Capitol Hill. When, amid scandal and scrutiny, the bombastic fast-food CEO Andy Puzder withdrew himself as President Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor back in February, worker advocates—who’d run an aggressive campaign to oppose him—let out a collective sigh of relief. As a vocal opponent of higher minimum wages and stronger labor laws, Puzder seemed the very antithesis of the Department of Labor’s mission of protecting workers. Puzder has since moved on, frequenting cable news shows as a Trump booster, and is reportedly writing a book that attacks progressive policies and labor unions. Trump’s second choice, Alex Acosta, a relatively unknown conservative labor lawyer, was seen as a much milder alternative. Since confirmed, even with the fate of several major Obama-era labor regulations in the air, ...
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Trump may strip protections from 10 national monuments 18.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Trump administration’s plan for shrinking and diminishing protections at America’s national monuments appears far more expansive than previously reported, targeting 10 of the nation’s most ecologically sensitive landscapes and marine preserves for diminished protection.

The plan, which the...

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Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump 18.9.2017 Washington Post
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post.
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Environmentalists get win in U.S. coal-climate change lawsuit 16.9.2017 Denver Post: All Political News
Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won't affect climate change because the coal could simply be mined elsewhere.
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New Mexico’s annual tax breaks surpass $1 billion 16.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An examination of New Mexico state tax breaks by the Office of the State Auditor shows that extractive industries such as oil, coal and copper mining together account for the largest share of foregone revenue. The report was presented to state lawmakers Friday by State Auditor Tim Keller and staff. […]
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Who’s looking great again? It’s not America. 16.9.2017 Washington Post
Who’s looking great again? It’s not America.
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Environmentalists get win in US coal-climate change lawsuit 16.9.2017 AP Business
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won't affect climate change because the coal could simply be mined elsewhere....
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Environmentalists get win in US coal-climate change lawsuit 16.9.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won’t affect climate change because the coal could simply be mined elsewhere. Environmentalists have been trying for years to block federal coal leases on climate-change grounds with limited success. […]
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9 killed, 9 trapped in China mine, tunnel accidents 14.9.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

BEIJING (AP) — At least nine people have been killed and nine others trapped in mining and tunnel building accidents in China. The official Xinhua News Agency says nine miners were killed in a gas explosion deep inside the shaft on Wednesday afternoon in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. Eight others were rescued and taken […]
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Mining safety agency proposes relaxing inspection rule for hard rock mines 14.9.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Industry hails greater flexibility, while union officials warn it could jeopardize worker safety.
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Trump says he cares about people in coal country. So why halt a study on their health? 11.9.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
We need to know the effects of mountaintop-removal coal mining.
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Poisonous gas in Quetta's coal mine kills four workers in Pakistan 8.9.2017 New Kerala: World News
Quetta [Pakistan], Sept 8 : Four people, working in a coal mine in Quetta's Sanjdi area, on Friday died of suffocation due to the presence of a poisonous gas inside the mine.
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A two-decade crusade by conservative charities fueled Trump’s exit from Paris climate accord 6.9.2017 Washington Post
Tax-exempt groups lobbied and spent millions fighting climate science and environmental regulation. It was all part of a wave that crested with Trump’s rejection of the landmark international deal to limit greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
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Ex-coal executive to lead nation’s top mine safety agency 3.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump has chosen as the nation’s top mine safety official the former CEO of a coal company that repeatedly clashed with federal regulators when the Obama administration tried to boost industry-wide enforcement following the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Trump […]
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Henderson Mine in Clear Creek County resuming operations, which could delay closure by 6 years 1.9.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Henderson Mine is resuming operations after a sustained decline in the molybdenum market suspended mine development last year. But Clear Creek County is not giving up its plan to create an economy less dependent on mining.
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Say no to Longview coal terminal 1.9.2017 Seattle Times: Opinion

The state Department of Ecology should take a firm stand on behalf of sound science and deny the permit for this unpopular, poorly conceived coal terminal.
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State regulators fine company in West Virginia miner’s death 29.8.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State regulators have cited and fined the operator of a West Virginia coal mine in the death of a shuttle car operator. Pinnacle Mining Co. was penalized following an investigation of the miner’s death, according to an eight-page document made public Monday during a state Coal Mine Health and Safety board […]
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US interior secretary urges mining ban near Yellowstone 29.8.2017 AP Business
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on forested public land near Yellowstone National Park and will consider blocking other mining....
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US interior secretary urges mining ban near Yellowstone 29.8.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on forested public land near Yellowstone National Park and will consider blocking other mining. The Interior Department is undergoing a two-year review launched by Zinke’s predecessor following concerns about two gold mines […]
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West Virginia governor: Coal miner death ‘especially tragic’ 26.8.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MILL CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — A coal miner who died on the job in West Virginia was the brother of one of 12 killed in the Sago Mine disaster of 2006. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that authorities identified the miner found dead Friday as Owen Mark Jones, a fire boss at the Pleasant Hill Mine. […]
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