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Longview Power Plant

The Future of Coal‐Based Generation By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council The future of America’s coal industry may be sitting on a ridge just north of Morgantown, West Virginia, quietly building a reputation at the cutting edge of coal‐based power generation. Commissioned in December 2011 at a cost of $2.1 billion, Longview Power Plant is…

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Coal is One of America’s Greatest National Treasures

By Rep. Liz Cheney (R‐WY), Member of Congress Wyoming is America’s largest coal producing state, mining close to 40 percent of the coal consumed by our nation every year. Common estimates give Wyoming close to 145 billion tons of recoverable coal and 1.4 trillion tons in total coal reserves. This coal is a national treasure.…

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CO2‐EOR: A Win‐Win‐Win for Energy, the Economy, and the Environment

By Janet Gellici, National Coal Council The U.S. has the opportunity to produce billions of barrels of domestic oil and generate new sources of revenue, while simultaneously reducing significant volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (CO2‐EOR) represents the most immediate, highest value opportunity to utilize the greatest volume of anthropogenic CO2…

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Fundamental Change to Prevent an Unchecked Bureaucracy

By Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General of West Virginia Did Congress give EPA the power to make states like West Virginia change the way we get our electricity? And even so, is EPA’s plan to do so even realistic? Those were the questions that my office and other challengers to the so‐called “Clean Power Plan” addressed…

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Finding Common Ground for Energy, Economy and Environment in 2017

Since my predecessor as ACC President, Matt Schicke, wrote to readers in the Issue 2, 2016 of American Coal, a lot has changed for the U.S. coal industry. Among the biggest shifts, U.S. thermal and metallurgical coal pricing have improved from early 2016 levels, and the election of President Donald Trump, a surprise to many,…

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A Turn for the Better

Out with the old and in with the new – 2017 is off and running! In Washington D.C., where the wheels often seem to turn SOOOOOOO slowly, the new administration has shown a sense of urgency in tackling important issues addressed during the campaign. And that includes coal!! After years of a stifling regulatory environment…

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The Imperative for Broader, Bolder Action on Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage

By Shannon Angielski, Coal Utilization Research Council The need to develop and adopt advanced coal or carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and sequestration technologies worldwide seems obvious in consideration of the following climate and socio-economic influences: In December 2015, 195 nations met in Paris, France and agreed to non-binding individual greenhouse gas reductions globally by pledging to hold the increase in the…

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GEM and the Art of Energy Balance

By Jim Marchiori, University of Colorado Life is often a matter of reconciling competing, even conflicting, goals. As we look broadly across the energy sector, we see two such imperatives. One is the compelling need for energy around the world, especially to lift nearly a third of the world’s population out of energy poverty. The…

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The Energy-Election Nexus

By Marita Noon, Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, Inc (Image credit: Trump Cedar Rapids by Max Golberg (2016)  https://www.flickr.com/photos/48542161@N04/28631716595/) The energy environment under the Obama administration offers little to cheer about. More than fifty coal companies have gone bankrupt in the past five years and, largely due to rules and regulations, the industry has…

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Resilience and the Road Ahead

The coal supply chain continues to adapt to the forces of energy markets and regulation. The winter of 2016 failed to materialize, causing demand to plunge and inventories to spike. By spring, additional power sector coal generating capacity was shuttered as compliance plans made while the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mercury rule wound its way through the courts…