It's economics, not policy, that's hurting the coal industry

Feb 8, 2021
One energy analyst says "the reality is that the marketplace is attacking coal."
While the coal industry isn’t counting on favorable policy from the Biden administration, it’s just hoping to at least remain part of the conversation.
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IEA's World Energy Outlook provides plan for shift to renewable energy

The IEA said, under current conditions, renewables are expected to overtake coal as the primary means of producing electricity by 2025.
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Spain's coal industry is shutting down unprofitable plants

Oct 8, 2020
Spanish energy providers decided that refitting coal plants to reduce carbon emissions and meet EU regulations was too expensive.
With this latest round of closures, at least 1,100 jobs are at stake.
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The U.S. consumed more renewable energy than coal in 2019

May 29, 2020
It's the first time that's happened since 1885.
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Senate confirmation process begins this week for EPA chief

Jan 15, 2019
Andrew Wheeler is expected to face tough questions about his former role as a lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry.
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Aug. 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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New U.S. coal consumption figures show industry’s decline

Dec 5, 2018
Economic forces will determine the future of coal, even if environmental regulations are loosened.
A piece of coal is held up at the Savage Energy Terminal on Aug. 26, 2016 in Price, Utah.
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Are Republicans softening on carbon taxes?

Sep 12, 2018
A few GOP lawmakers are bucking the party line by backing a tax on CO2 emissions.
The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, in 2009.
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Coal plant operating costs are a long-held secret

Sep 7, 2018
A Washington state Superior Court judge may order the release of information a utility says contains trade secrets.
Piles of coal sit in front of PacifiCorp's 1,440-megawatt coal-fired power plant in 2017 in Castle Dale, Utah.
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Can looser regulations save the coal industry from market forces?

Aug 21, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency released details today of its plan to replace the Obama-era rules governing carbon emissions from power plants. The EPA’s proposals differ radically from the old Clean Power Plan. They give a lot of concessions to the coal industry. President Donald Trump has long promised to end what he calls the “war […]
A truck dumps coal at a coal prep plant outside the city of Welch in rural West Virginia on May 19, 2017.
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Trump, Perry propose a lifeline for coal and nuclear sectors that critics say is unnecessary and would be harmful

Jun 5, 2018
The latest directive would allow the Energy Department to use a complex wartime law in the interest of national security.