From Pittsburgh, PA to Denver, CO people of faith across the country are speaking out in support of the EPA carbon pollution standards. But Big Coal continues to spread myths and fear about what will happen when the health of our communities gets in the way of their profits Here are the top five myths they are promoting, and why they are so outrageous. The Top 5 Myths About Coal: Myth #1: Curtailing coal will have a devastating effect on American jobs In…
How to Save Coal Country
Forget Donald Trump's promises to bring back mining jobs. There's a new economic strategy at work in Appalachia.
How (and Why) to Value a Coal Mine
The world’s focus of late has been on the tumbling price of oil. However, coal, which gets far less media attention (except for talk of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change), still is critical to the world economy.
We should discuss soil as much as coal
By Bill Gates I’m done with cow farts. I’ve written about them several times over the last six months, and I bring them up in polite conversation more than I should. In my defense, I…
Murray Energy CEO on What's Smothering the Coal Industry
On Wednesday, Peabody Energy, one of the largest U.S. coal producers, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Robert Murray said this development is a prime example of what has been happening to the coal industry as of late.
How coal miners die on the job
Yesterday, a coal miner in Montana became the 8th coal industry fatality of 2014, while the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has released the report of its investigation into the November…
How will dwindling coal freight affect rail shippers?
The demand for coal from utilities is expected to drop by 50% by 2030, which would lead to a $5 billion revenue loss for railroads, according to Moody's.
Why Montana’s Crow Tribe Turns To Coal As Others Turn Away
While Washington and Oregon tribes are opposing the transport of coal by rail and ship through the Northwest, the Crow tribe in south-central Montana is banking on a new mine opening up on their land and export terminal on Puget Sound to ship that coal to Asia.
Coal companies are going bankrupt. What happens to the pensions they’ve promised miners?
The Trump administration continues to tout its commitment to coal, but it isn’t protecting miners from the industry’s inexorable collapse.
CALIFORNIA: How a local ordinance could clog coal exports
A local ordinance has plunged a working-class Bay Area city into the national debate over coal exports.
As coal industry declines, what will happen to all those retired miners?
The decline of coal has left hundreds of thousands of retired miners, many of them with severe ailments, at risk of losing their health and pension benefits.
How Germany closed its coal industry without sacking a single miner
July 14, 2019 — 12.05am Hans Mohlek stood at the gates of the Prosper-Haniel coal mine in the Ruhr Valley in the west of Germany on a warm summer afternoon earlier this month, looked up and wept quietly The mine closed last December and Mohlek was among the last workers to leave. But what moved him so much on a recent visit with a handful of journalists was not just end of mining at Prosper-Haniel, but the end of a way of life…
The West’s Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant Is Closing. What About Colorado’s Coal Power Stations?
With natural gas remaking the energy landscape, here's Colorado's remaining coal-fired power plants in one map.
Natural gas overtakes coal as top electricity source in the U.S.
Natural gas became the largest source of electricity in the U.S. for the first time this year, according to a report by SNL Energy. Via the Associated Press, approximately 31% of electric power genera...
Wyoming on track to mine 10 billionth ton of coal
CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming is on track to mine its 10 billionth ton of coal this month.
Why U.S. Miners Are Still Digging New Mines as Coal Prices Plunge
As coal prices tumble and bankruptcies rise, a few U.S. miners are still pushing ahead with plans to expand.
Chinese Coal Mining Company Lays Off 100,000 Workers
A Chinese coal mining company has announced it is laying off 100,000 workers, accounting for approximately 40% of its labour force.
Why Is Everybody Freaking Out About Coal-Fired Pizza?
It’s the hottest thing in pizza-making — literally. Cranking up to temperatures of 800 to 900 degrees or more, the coal-fired pizza oven burns more intense
A retired coal miner shares his story and hopes for the future
Throughout the course of the 2016 election, now-President Donald Trump made several promises to coal miners to revive the once booming industry.Over 70 coal mining towns are now abandoned, but still standing as a stark reminder of what the decline of the i
How one small tribe beat coal and built a solar plant
Southeastern Nevada tribe protects tribal land from coal generating station The Culture Walk on Earth Day April 22, 2012, where the Moapa Band of Paiutes and its allies walked 50 miles from the coal power plant to the federal building in downton Las Vegas By Yessenia Funes, Colorlines MOAPA, NV — Tucked between scattered red desert rocks, the Moapa Band of Paiutes dwells on a little over 70,000 acres in southeastern Nevada. It’s a small tribe with a population of no more than…