(AP file photo/Rick Bowmer)

Environmentalists call Kansas coal plant ‘wishful thinking’

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Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned for southwest Kansas said Tuesday that developers of the nearly decade-old project still face obstacles in completing the work despite legislation approved by the U.S. House.
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle)

U.S. coal use rose in Q1, but declined over longer term

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Coal consumption rose in the first quarter of this year, but annual use has declined.
Categories: Coal, General
President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on climate change at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Commentary: Any surprises in President Obama’s speech on climate?

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It has now been more than a week since President Obama gave his much touted speech on climate change at Georgetown University.  Much of what he said was unsurprising. There were however, three notable moments. 
(Bill Montgomery/Houston Chronicle)

Commentary: On climate policy, a consumer focus is needed

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While the President may be reacting to years of congressional inaction on climate-related issues since the failure of cap-and-trade legislation in 2009, the Administration and Congress must thoroughly consider the impacts that regulating or legislating carbon emissions will have on energy consumers. With coal producing over 40% of our nation’s electricity, limiting its potential will […]
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

White House has coal country on the defensive

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After several years of taking a beating from the poor economy, new pollution rules and a flood of cheap natural gas, the coal industry was on the rebound this year as mining projects moved forward in the Western U.S. and demand for the fuel began to rise, especially in Asia.
Categories: Coal
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Sun sets on two more coal plant projects

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A Nebraska company has dropped plans for coal-fired power plants in Illinois and West Texas, saying the fuel can’t compete with natural gas.
Coal at a train yard. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/The Houston Chronicle)

US coal exports in March hit record high, feds say

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Even as Americans want less emphasis on coal than other energy sources, there is big demand for it in Asia, and that spurred a record monthly amount of exports of the fossil fuel from the U.S. in March, government data shows.
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Richard M. Whiting, president of Kinder Morgan Resources

Q&A: Execs discuss Kinder Morgan’s newest ‘toll road’

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners launched a new business this week, investing in coal and other mineral reserves. Richard Whiting, who joined as president of Kinder Morgan Resources after more than three decades in the coal business, spoke with FuelFix about the new business
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Green groups seek higher U.S. coal fees after audit

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The Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council said the U.S. Interior Department should charge companies that mine coal more after an audit found the federal government may be missing out on millions of dollars in payments.
Categories: Coal
(Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Wyo. gov to talk coal exports on trip to Canada

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Looking for ways to export coal mined in Wyoming, Gov. Matt Mead said he will tour port facilities in British Columbia as part of a weeklong trade trip to Canada.
Categories: Coal