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A Legacy for the (Stone) Ages

By Luke Popovich

Finally, the president seems to get it. “We are not going to clobber our economy and cost jobs with things like a job-killing carbon tax.”

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Experts Contradict White House Coal Plans

By Luke Popovich

It’s by now no secret that the Barack Obama Administration doesn’t like the coal industry and appears indifferent to those who work in it. While the White House meekly backs away from confronting foreign bad guys — acting like Boy George and Neville Chamberlain to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s Vladimir Putin — it acts like Tamerlane or Attila the Hun when confronting its own people from U.S. coalfields.

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Stayin’ Alive

By Luke Popovich

If industry managers and their utility customers share one belief with equal conviction, it’s that coal is finally out of intensive care but not yet fit to run a marathon. That theme emerged loud and clear from the 22nd Annual Platts Coal Properties and Investment conference last month in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Strong attendance testified to the resilience of the industry and the improving outlook even as gallows humor (“Welcome, survivors”) was the order of the day.

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EPA’s Power Plant Gamble — A Risk We Can’t Afford

The following article by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) describes the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations to control greenhouse gas emissions from coal-based power plants. Their bipartisan bill to restrain EPA regulatory overreach passed the House of Representatives on March 6. This editorial first appeared in The Huffington Post that day.

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The Time Is Right for a New Mine Safety Paradigm

Can the U.S. mining industry achieve its long-stated goal of zero fatalities? If so, what will it take to achieve it? These questions need to be openly and honestly discussed, and now is not too soon.  The reason is simple: mine safety performance, while improving, appears mired in a trough. Annual improvement followed by annual decline has become more the rule than the exception.

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