Category: Coal

Arch Coal reports sharply higher 3Q earnings

Arch Coal Inc. said Friday that cost-control efforts helped boost its third-quarter results well above Wall Street expectations. But it cautioned that the coal industry’s challenges will linger into next year.  More »

KBR chief doesn’t expect staff cuts in face of losses

KBR Inc. isn’t planning to cut staff at its resource centers despite struggles in its U.S. construction business and other operational challenges that led to an $81 million loss in the third quarter, the firm’s chief executive said today.  More »

Fossil fuel production to hit record in 2012

A University of Michigan economic professor says the United States will generate more energy from coal, oil and natural gas this year than ever before.  More »

Opinion: Is Obama really waging a war on coal?

Power plant operators are shuttering aging coal facilities at record rates—a trend presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his supporters pin squarely on EPA air pollution rules.  More »

Fuel prices driving inflation

Surging energy prices boosted an otherwise moderate inflation rate during September, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department Friday.  More »

Coal war rages in presidential campaigns

New study says coal plant retirements are more sensitive to market forces, like natural gas prices, than to regulations.  More »

In coal country, a show of solidarity takes root

iIf all goes as organizers plan, huge crowds wearing miners’ stripes and fluorescent “United for Coal” T-shirts will line up Oct. 13 along U.S. Highway 23 from Big Stone Gap, Va., through Paintsville, Ky., and toward Chillicothe, Ohio. They will stretch north on U.S. 119 from Pikeville, Ky., toward Williamson, W.Va.  More »

In coal country, a show of solidarity takes root

Coal country is hurting, and the people who live there want the whole nation to know it.  More »

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 »