Category: Coal

Energy comes up early in presidential debates (Updated)

Just minutes into the debate, the candidates delved into their policies for energy. President Obama mentioned it first, saying he favored increasing domestic oil and natural gas production and noted that had happened during his presidency. Republican challenger Mitt Romney fired back: “All of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private  Read More  More »

Coal vs. natural gas: It’s complicated

The glut of natural gas unleashed by hydraulic fracturing – and the resulting low prices – make it seem like a no-brainer: Ditch coal-fired electric plants, with all their baggage about air pollution and water consumption, and switch to natural gas.  More »

Discussing the `War on Coal’ on Fox Business

Yesterday, I was on Melissa Francis’ show on Fox Business discussing the “war on the coal,” which dovetailed with a column I wrote in May looking at how coal plant operators were trying to blame the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their …  More »

Alpha closing 8 coal mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all

The CEO said the shutdowns and layoffs are a necessary part of ensuring Alpha survives in what has become a difficult U.S. market.  More »

Judge dismisses coal case on procedural grounds

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a coal mine in Southcentral on procedural grounds.  More »

Republicans singing a familiar tune about coal

House Republicans are set to play a familiar theme this week before heading out to campaign for the November election, trying to head off rules from the Environmental Protection Agency to curb pollution.  More »

Progress Energy to retire coal-fired power plant

North Carolina’s main electric company is shutting down a coal-burning power plant near Goldsboro as it shifts to generating power with cleaner natural gas.  More »

The Long Term Tie Between Energy Supply, Population, and the Economy

The tie between energy supply, population, and the economy goes back to the hunter-gatherer period. Hunter-gatherers managed to multiply their population at least 4-fold, and perhaps by as much as 25-fold, by using energy techniques which allowed them …  More »

Carbon County anxious to get coal-to-gas plant

Carbon County officials say they’re optimistic that a Texas company will follow through on plans to construct a plant to turn coal into gasoline by 2016.  More »

Closure of 3 W.Va. coal-fired plants looms

Three coal-fired power plants in West Virginia will soon stop generating electricity under a plan by FirstEnergy Corp. to shutter some aging facilities because of new environmental regulations.  More »

Coal miners not paid for attending Romney event

Coal miners are saying they lost a day’s salary and required to attend an event for Republican Mitt Romney at their Ohio mining, but a company said those claims may be a bit overstated.  More »

Big coal faces steel slowdown amid shale-gas pain

Four of the largest U.S. coal producers made $20 billion of acquisitions last year to reduce their dependence on the domestic power industry. Instead those deals have added to the companies’ pain.  More »