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With Trump in Office, Coal Mining Town in Kentucky Begins Making Comeback

March 22, 2017

Hazard, Kentucky is one of those small coal-mining towns with one main road snaking through the hollow. Both sides of the road are lined with a handful of retail stores and restaurants. The windows on about half of those stores

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Artisans in W. Va. Use Coal Heritage Connections to Honor the Industry

March 17, 2017

The way Carol Dameron sees it, every time someone buys one of her handcrafted necklaces, they’re buying a piece of history. Not just her history. West Virginia’s history. “I think that’s the allure of our jewelry — the fact that

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Paul Driessen: The Search for Climate Honesty

March 17, 2017

The Greek philosopher Diogenes reportedly carried an oil lamp during the daytime, the better to help him find an honest man. People everywhere should join Congress and the Trump Administration in search of honest energy and climate policies — as

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Ron Hart: Time for Balanced Approach to “Climate Change” Hype

March 8, 2017

Democrats, the self-proclaimed “party for the middle class,” raise the middle-class cost of living by raising energy prices with their regulatory meddling. Regulations cost consumers $1.8 trillion per year, which means higher bills for utilities, gas and transportation for the

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Canadian Mining Firm Nautilus Minerals to Use Robots for Deep Sea Mining

March 1, 2017

In 1974, an enormous ship sailed into the waters northeast of Hawaii. The vessel, built by billionaire Howard Hughes, was set to begin mining mineral deposits in the deep sea — or so the world believed. The deep-sea mining venture

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Tom Clarke Revives Magnetation Operations on the Western Iron Range in Minnesota

February 24, 2017

Tom Clarke has developed a pattern in recent years: finding shuttered, bankrupt companies, buying them for pennies on the dollar and then restarting them at just the right time. He’s done it with coal mines — from Alabama to British

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How Miners Made Their Way to Montana in the 1860s

February 7, 2017

Country singer Charley Pride wasn’t born in Montana, but he lived in Helena and Great Falls and worked for the Anaconda Company, which certainly gives him status as a Montanan. What brought him to mind recently was a song he

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Switching from Coal is Straining the Country’s Power Grid

February 1, 2017

A fundamental shift in how America generates electricity is raising serious doubts about its ability to keep the lights on. Switching from coal to more natural gas and renewables is straining the country’s power grid. The biggest change in the

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Longview Power CEO Jeff Keffer: At Least We’ve Got a Shot Under Trump

January 25, 2017

“The coal industry in general has just been brutalized by the current fading administration,” Keffer said. “There has been no effort to replace the aging coal fleet in this country. I have the concern that unless we build more Longviews

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A Look at Energy Policies Trump Can Immediately Repeal

January 25, 2017

President Trump expects to sign up to 200 executive orders Monday, following the first tranche of orders he signed over the weekend. Turning from Obamacare and mortgage deductions, Trump at some point in his first week in office will begin

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