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International Thermal Coal – Will Current Trends Continue?

By Dr. Lars Schernikau, HMS Bergbau Group After two strong years for international thermal coal markets, Q1 and Q2 2019 remind us of 2016 again. While high prices during 2018 were beneficial to coal producers, late 2018 and the first half of 2019 were reminders that nothing lasts forever. The downturn demonstrates the fundamental volatility…

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Energy Sustainability Requires Innovation

By Charles McConnell, University of Houston There is an energized debate raging globally around the future of our planet – our energy ecosystem – and our societal way of life. Strong and polarizing views are being voiced. Some of that discussion is based upon forecasts, proposed business and market scenarios, science and technology expectations and…

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What are the Cheapest Sources of Electricity?

By Michelle Bloodworth, America’s Power What are the cheapest sources of electricity? The answer might surprise you. Nationally, coal retirements total some 40 percent of the coal fleet – 126,000 megawatts (MW) – that operated less than a decade ago. These retiring coal plants are being replaced by new natural gas-fired generation, new wind and…

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Why are Coal Industry Contract Workers Undercounted in Employment Data?

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council How many people work in the U.S. coal sector? It depends on who you ask. For example, according to 2019 data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are 53,000 people working in coal mining. These are direct employees actively involved in the daily production of coal.…

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I Am Coal: A Profile of Sunrise Coal’s Karan Thacker

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council In March 1980, Karan Thacker was looking for a job. Her family was having a hard time making ends meet on her husband’s salary alone. At the time, the country was in the middle of an extended recession and there were few choices available for someone with only a…

Coal in a New Carbon Age

By Janet Gellici, National Coal Council The United States is embarking on a “New Age of Carbon” which will usher in significant opportunities for our nation’s abundant coal resources beyond conventional markets for power generation and steelmaking. Coal, and the carbon it contains, is on the crest of powering a wave of innovation in advanced…

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Coal, the Environment and Bridging the Gap

By Mark Gordon, Governor of Wyoming It’s no secret that Wyoming’s Powder River Basin has seen declines due to market conditions. The continued low price of natural gas, flat or relatively low load growth and the increased deployment of renewable generation are all factors that have contributed to coal’s reduced market share. Industry and government…

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Reflections on the Environmental Legacy of George H.W. Bush

By Betsy Monseu, American Coal Council With former President George H.W. Bush’s passing late last year came images and reflections on his life and leadership. Photos, videos and postings show his extraordinary level of personal outreach. That was key to the success and political accomplishments of “Bush 41”. As Union Pacific Railroad carried him to his…

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Energy and the New Congress: What to Expect Through 2020

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), serves as the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. An increasingly rare voice on Capitol Hill – a centrist, pro-energy Democrat -- he has a unique perspective on the current situation in Congress. While Manchin is the senior senator from a…

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“Hillbilly Elegy”: A Memoir of a Family and Culture

Reading author J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” is like a Sunday afternoon drive from my home in Huntington, West Virginia, to my hometown of Harts – 70 miles and a world away. Vance paints portraits of men and women who populate my memories. How could it not be so? After all, the author is a distant…

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Reduce Conveyor Maintenance Time Through Better Access

[Neponset, IL] – Virtually every vehicle on the road today is designed with a hood that can be easily opened for access to the engine, so mechanics can perform routine service and diagnose / address problems that arise during its lifespan.  Conveyor systems should be designed in much the same way, with convenient points along…

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