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Power-starved Africa Develops Appetite for Coal

April 26, 2017

Tanzania, with potential reserves of 5 billion tons of coal, is planning its first coal-fired power plant. Kenya wants to build for its own coal-powered plant, while Ghana and Nigeria are eyeing expanded use of coal for electricity. Landlocked Botswana

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The Surprisingly Clear View of a Modern Coal Miner

April 25, 2017

Coal miners didn’t see the sun all that much back when Joe Brennan went looking with his father and grandfather for anthracite. Brennan, 50, is a lifelong resident of Minersville, Schuylkill County, and still mining coal, but the view from

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Arch Coal’s West Elk Mine Strives Hard to Be a Survivor, Remain Important Part of Community

April 25, 2017

It’s a cloudless early March morning with the sun glistening off new-fallen snow in the upper North Fork Valley. For the workers producing coal inside the West Elk Mine, however, it’s another day of working in the dark underground, under

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Visits Bailey Coal Mine Complex in Washington, Pa.

April 19, 2017

Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, chose a Western Pennsylvania coal mine to start his “Back-to-Basics” tour on Thursday, where he declared that “the war on coal is done.” Dozens of CONSOL Energy miners, in

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Good News for W. Va. Economies Battered by War on Coal

April 17, 2017

It is a common idea among many Americans that coal as a major industrial fuel is dead, or at least dying, and cleaner fuels, like wind and solar energy, and natural gas, are taking over. There is some truth there;

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EPA Asked to Invalidate ‘Endangerment Finding’ in Obama’s Climate Agenda

April 17, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received two petitions asking for official review of a regulatory document that served as critical leverage for the Obama administration to issue global warming regulations. Two groups — Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the

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New Drying Technique Technology Would Make PRB Coal in Wyoming More Valuable

March 31, 2017

New technology can make Wyoming coal burn hotter, potentially helping the-cheap-to-produce Powder River Basin coal become competitive with high quality coal in the east. That’s the promise CBA Environmental made when Powder River Basin coal was used in a demonstration

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Jobs and Confidence Return to West Virginia Coal Country

March 29, 2017

Convoys of trucks with over-sized loads are once again a common site in West Virginia. Daytime trips through the state’s interstate highways reveal truck after truck carrying loads of industrial equipment covered in orange hazard flags and signs to alert

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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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