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Will Congress Act to Protect Coal Mining Communities?
Today marks the release of the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 . Included in the request to Congress is a package of policies that would go a long way toward helping struggling coal...
King Coal’s Stages of Grief: Acceptance Reaches the Coalfields
My recent “Stages of Grief” blog series compared the emotional debate around the decline of the coal industry to what a person might experience with the death of a loved one. In the last...
Virginia Coastal Protection Act: New UCS Analysis Highlights Opportunity for Carbon Revenue
Virginia’s General Assembly has just started a whirlwind two-month session, and will be considering significant legislation that would help the state raise revenues from a carbon trading...
The Latest Reality Check for Coal: A Surprising Message from West Virginia
A news story posted yesterday in the Charleston Gazette-Mail hit my inbox at least five times this morning. The article acknowledges something we’ve been talking about for quite some time—the reality...
Most States Well on the Path to Comply with Final Clean Power Plan
On August 3, President Obama announced the release of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP), setting the first ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Today, UCS is releasing...
Depression to Hope: King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 5
In my ongoing series looking at the decline of the coal industry, we come to maybe the most painful stage of grief: depression . It’s also the most personal. I can only imagine how someone like...
King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 4: Bargaining for Delay
This week’s post in my ongoing series focuses on the third stage of grief, bargaining . The U.S. coal industry continues to get hammered by a series of terrible earnings reports, an ongoing wave of...
Misdirected Anger on Full Display in the Purported “War on Coal” — King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 3
In my previous post in this series, I wrote about how coal has become uneconomic —and how that has led to great financial risk for companies in the coal mining business. I noted that some analysts...
King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 2: Financial Risk and the Economics of Coal
This post continues my series on King Coal’s Stages of Grief, and focuses on more denial —this time about economics. Yesterday the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that the...
King Coal’s Stages of Grief, Part 1: Facing the Facts
Coming from a coal mining family, I’m well aware of the seemingly vast coal resource underground and how extracting that resource has helped boost local economies, including the one where I...