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This Earth Day, Let’s Accept the Critical Role Fossil Fuel Plays in Energy Needs

December 10, 2018

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day (April 22) has been a strange mix — a celebration of springtime and the great outdoors, combined with doom-and-gloom prophecies of destruction, centering on overpopulation, pollution and capitalism. But because Earth Day is

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Montana Tech’s Underground Mining Class Takes Students Beneath the Surface

December 4, 2018

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, two men hopped out of the Bobcat ATV they’d parked on the western edge of Montana Tech’s campus. The men adjusted their work belts and hard hats then walked through the entrance of what looked

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Eckley Miners’ Village Museum Invites Visitors to See a Coal Miner’s Christmas

December 3, 2018

Area residents took a step back in time to experience the Christmas holiday at the Eckley Miners’ Village Museum on Saturday afternoon. The historical site stayed true to its roots and didn’t try to lure attendees with a modern Christmas

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Trump’s Energy Policies are Paying Off for Workers and Consumers

November 29, 2018

With the liberal media busy looking for excuses to attack President Trump and his administration, you might have missed some good news on the energy front. American energy jobs are being created, gas prices are dropping, energy imports are dropping

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New NETL Director Brian Anderson has Coal in His Blood, and Now in His Job Description

November 29, 2018

Brian Anderson, a tenor, once considered becoming an opera singer. Instead, he got a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, setting him on a trajectory that brought him to the helm of the nation’s fossil fuel research program this

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Poles Divided Over Coal Mining Ahead of Climate Talks

November 29, 2018

Electronics salesman Leszek Jaworowski says he can’t discuss Poland’s coal mining with his father. They end up at loggerheads, just like many families in the southern mining region of Silesia. Unlike his father Edward, Jaworowski defied the area’s centuries-old tradition

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Small Mine Near Phoenix Holds Treasure Unique to Arizona

November 27, 2018

While copper and gold mines have played key roles in Arizona’s history, a small mine on Four Peaks, east of Phoenix, holds a treasure, truly unique to the state. A combination of quartzite, iron, silica, water, heat, and pressure formed

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How One Investor Revolutionized American Copper Markets

November 26, 2018

It is difficult to say with certainty whether he meant to do it or if, as a result of his natural drive and genius for business, it was just a case of one thing leading to another along a path

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Powering Alaska’s Economy With Mining

November 20, 2018

Alaska is on the cusp of economic breakthroughs that will transform its economy and introduce much-needed diversification, made possible by new developments of the natural resources that we are blessed with. The guiding principle is simple: Alaska first, for all

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Pilot-Scale Plant to Extract Rare Earth Elements in Heart of Coal Country

November 13, 2018

Americans use rare earth elements (REEs) every day — without knowing it. In fact, they are crucial to society. Rick Honaker, professor of mining engineering at the University of Kentucky, knows all about these fascinating elements and the modern electronics

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