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Opening the Spigot

Before guests visit your place, you typically clean it up. It’s a courtesy of course. But, truth be told, you don’t want them to see how you really live. I even clean up before my cleaning lady arrives.

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It’s a Coal Age

Despite appearances, I wasn’t around 100 years ago when Coal Age first broke into print. Still it’s amazing to think that any publication these days can hang around and even prosper that long by covering a single industry.

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Blaming the Victim

By Luke Popovich

“Fast and furious” is a name already owned by the Justice Department but it could equally apply to the barrage of slings and arrows launched at the coal industry this summer. In a damaging fusillade that was not entirely unexpected, the administration, the Senate, and finally a federal appeals court, all made coal’s climb out of its doldrums a little steeper.

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Sizing Up the President’s ‘All of the Above’ Energy Plan

By Hal Quinn, President & CEO, National Mining Association 

Recently the National Journal asked NMA CEO Hal Quinn and others to weigh in on the question of whether the administration’s “All of the Above” energy plan is genuine or if there is less there than meets the eye. Here is Quinn’s response, published June 4.

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EPA’s Beyond Coal Campaign

By Luke Popovich

A useful word has crept into policy discussions in this town—it is “orderly,” as in the “orderly exit” of bankrupt countries from the Eurozone, the “orderly default” on big bank loans or an “orderly withdrawal” from Afghanistan. Change, in other words, may be inevitable but it need not be harmful. And when change is disruptive it shouldn’t be destructive. Makes sense.

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