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Category: Coal Mining
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Fact Checker: Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim 23.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
“I am Alison Lundergan Grimes and this is the Big Sandy power plant in Louisa, Kentucky. They are shutting down half the plant and laying off their workers because Mitch McConnell didn’t fight to get the scrubbers it needs to reduce coal emissions. Instead, Mitch and his wife pocketed $600,000 from enemies of coal, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I approve this message because the difference between Mitch and me is I will fight for these jobs and no New York anti-coal billionaire will ever buy me ...
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Exclusive: U.S. plans to plug coal royalty loophole padding export profits 23.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is drafting rules designed to close an accounting loophole that in recent years has helped coal companies boost export profits and likely cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, people familiar with the plan said. American taxpayers by law are due a 12.5 percent royalty on the sales of millions of tons of coal pulled each year from federal land that mining companies lease. ...
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Fossil fuel divestment campaign targets UCL and BHP Billiton 23.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

University College London under fire for sustainability institute funded by mining giant BHP Billiton, which faces protests at its London AGM

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College Football's Big Ten Conference? Try The Littler Ten 22.10.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
Country music isn't the only American cultural institution rallying in the South. Commentator Frank Deford says the region has triumphed in college football, taking over where Big Ten had ruled.
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2 Senate Democrats explore how to protect coal jobs and the environment 22.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
In June, Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a defender of the coal industry, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, a champion of the environment, decided to set aside differences and learn about how climate change affects each other's state.
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Kevin Copeland: Facts 1st on coal 22.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
A good historian first will research all available information, then cross reference the data in order to concur that factual events indeed took place. This information should not in any way be infused with personal views or beliefs in order to make a political statement that might be construed as actual recorded history. Mr. Bonnifield’s letter to the editor — “Coal mining dying off” in Saturday’s edition of the Steamboat Today — imbued fact, misinformation and his obvious personal political views, without showing an in-depth knowledge of modern mining or the business strategy behind its practice. True, Twentymile, started as a strip mine, owned by Bob Adams in the 1960s, and later by such corporations as Texaco, Amoco, Getty, Cyprus, R.A.G. and, presently, Peabody Energy. The Wadge Coal Seam, mined at Twentymile, naturally dipped deeper (a syncline) beneath the earth (overburden) than could be surfaced mined practically. They then adapted by following the seam underground as a room and pillar ...
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The dirty effects of mountaintop removal mining 22.10.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
FOR DECADES, coal companies have been removing mountain peaks to haul away coal lying just underneath. More recently, scientists and regulators have been developing a clearer understanding of the environmental consequences . They aren’t ...
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Siding Spring observatory under threat from coal seam gas light pollution 21.10.2014 Guardian: Science

Astronomers warn light pollution from planned Santos coal seam gas developments in NSW may force Australias top observatory to close

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Eastern Kentucky's struggles fuel combative Senate race 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Coal seam gas, or clean drinking water. It cant be both | Michael Moore 21.10.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Its vital the communitys long-term need for drinking water is placed before the short-term profits of the mining companies There are few things more fundamental to our health and wellbeing than access to clean air and water. Australia is lucky enough to have some of the highest quality drinking water in the world, due in no small part to the protection of our drinking water catchments. NSW governments from both sides of politics have prioritised the security of the special areas of Sydneys drinking water catchments, where water collects for use by our cities and towns. These special areas of bush and vegetation function like a buffer and filter that stop contaminants and pollution before they can make their way into our drinking water. That is, until now. With the release of the chief scientists Independent Coal Seam Gas Review report, the moratorium on coal seam gas production in the special areas is set to be lifted ...
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Poland sets out plan to split coal assets 19.10.2014 Financial Times: Energy
Government panel to recommend closure of lossmaking pits in industry that employs 100,000
Paul Bonnifield: Coal mining dying off 18.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Dear Editor, All the political bombast and ballyhoo about government regulations killing coal mining in Routt County is simply rancid political pollution. The hard fact is that Twentymile Mine is running out of coal. It has been in production for nearly 50 years. It was a strip mine during the earlier years, but it ran out of strippable coal, and the surface coal miners were replaced by underground miners. The underground mine survived by pioneering a unique long wall system. Throughout the years, millions of tons of coal were hauled down the railroad through Steamboat. Now, Twentymile’s underground mine, like the earlier strip mine, is about to die a natural death. The Dry Creek Mine near Hayden has received extensive development work, including a paved round about in the middle of nowhere. The Dry Creek Mine will never match the glory of the Twentymile mine. The new mine has significantly different mining conditions and management goals. Its intended principal market is the Hayden Power Plant. Shipping ...
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Fossil fuel divestment: climate change activists take aim at Australia's banks 18.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

A national day of divestment will see more than 1,000 bank customers switch their accounts away from the big four banks

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Cliffs Natural Resources takes $6B charge 18.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Falling prices sharply reduced the value of iron ore assets for Cleveland-based Cliffs, one of the largest operators of mines in Minnesota.
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Cliffs Natural Resources to take $6 billion charge 17.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Kentucky Candidates Agree: Coal Is the Future! 14.10.2014 American Prospect
There was a debate in Kentucky yesterday between U.S. Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, and while there was lots of disagreement, one thing both candidates agreed on is that what their state and America needs is more of that sweet, sweet coal. McConnell accused Grimes of being complicit, because she's a Democrat, in "Obama's war on coal," and Grimes protested that she loves coal more than she loves her own mama (though not quite in so many words). Throughout this campaign they've both been so enthusiastic about coal, you almost expected them to pull out a few lumps of the stuff and start smearing it all over their faces while moaning, "Oh, coal, God yes, coal, coal, COAL!!!" Here's a dose of reality: There are only a tiny number of people left in Kentucky who mine coal. According to the state's department of energy: "At the end of 2013, coal mines in Kentucky directly employed 11,885 people." Since there are about 3.4 million people over the age of 18 in Kentucky, that means ...
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Fix railroad system woes, Dayton, Klobuchar, Franken tell feds 14.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
They aired their grievances in a letter to Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel Elliott III.
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Mining companies lobby G20 leaders to back coal as future of energy 14.10.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

PR campaign aims to convince world leaders that coal-fired power offers the solution to energy poverty in developing countries

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Election Guide 2014: Chuck McConnell 14.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Occupation: I earned BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering, and upon graduation, worked designing pollution control equipment. I later worked as an engineer in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles. I became the youngest refinery manager in the U.S. at age 32. After managing the furthest north commercial refinery in North America near Fairbanks, Alaska, I was promoted to president of an ultimately $850 million division of an energy resource company. I was selected CEO of a public company in the energy and water storage industries. After retirement from the energy industry, I managed a small business for my oldest daughter which marketed mountain bikes worldwide. Previous political experience: I have been a leader for several years in political activities in Routt County and at the state level. I served as the Routt County Republican chairman after representing my precinct. While county chairman, I participated in statewide activities where 50 of my fellow county chairpersons from “small counties” across ...
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Election Guide 2014: Tight race develops for Colorado governor 14.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Website: www.bobbeauprez.com Beauprez grew up on a dairy farm outside Boulder and earned a degree in physical education from the University of Colorado. He continued dairy farming with a brother. After the family farm was sold for a golf course development, he purchased an interest in a small local bank that grew into Heritage Bank. He became chairman of the Colorado Republic Party in 1999 and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, serving until January 2007. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Colorado in 2006. Key issues ■ Jobs and the economy: Beauprez thinks over-regulation in Colorado is holding back job creators. He vows to audit existing regulations in the state to determine if they are necessary, or if they are doing nothing more than holding back job creation and stifling growth, Beauprez says. He cites construction defects laws enacted in 2007 as an example, saying the threats of lawsuit here are so “onerous” that new construction of affordable condominiums virtually has ...
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