Economic forces will determine the future of coal, even if environmental regulations are loosened.
A few GOP lawmakers are bucking the party line by backing a tax on CO2 emissions.
A Washington state Superior Court judge may order the release of information a utility says contains trade secrets.
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 […]
Trump, Perry propose a lifeline for coal and nuclear sectors that critics say is unnecessary and would be harmful
The latest directive would allow the Energy Department to use a complex wartime law in the interest of national security.
Tourism economy around natural beauty is starting to replace extractive industries in some former West Virginia and PA coal towns.
When we subsidize coal companies, does that make it back to the people living in coal country? In her reporting for Quartz, economics writer Gwynn Guilford found that the answer may be a loud, resounding “no.” For her article “The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal,” Guilford reported on the […]
The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee voted down a proposal from the Department of Energy offering financial support for power plants that keep a 90-day supply of fuel stock on site (basically coal and nuclear plants). The FERC said the cost to consumers far outweighed any possible grid security benefit of the measure.
While some coal miners continue looking for work in the industry, others look to careers outside of coal for more stability.
General Electric Co. announced today it’s cutting 12,000 jobs in its core power business worldwide, as demand for coal and other fossil fuels softens. It’s the latest move by new CEO John Flannery to cut costs and turn things around at the struggling conglomerate, whose stock plunged 44 percent this year. GE Power is the company’s […]