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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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Coal Was Mined Here: A Profile of Modern Reclamation

By Jason Bostic, West Virginia Coal Association The Evolution of Reclamation Practices Like the coal industry, reclamation practices have evolved over time. As the coal industry advanced, using more efficient means of production, including a greater reliance on surface mining techniques, so too the practices of reclamation have advanced. Early reclamation of underground mining areas focused on…

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Power Reset – Optimizing the Existing Coal Fleet

By Janet Gellici, National Coal Council The nation’s abundant, affordable and diverse domestic energy resources underpin economic prosperity. The existing coal power plant fleet is a critical component of the nation’s energy portfolio, providing a foundation of reliable and resilient electricity in today’s dynamic and rapidly evolving energy system. The historic stability of the nation’s energy…

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Teaching Coal: Educating a New Generation

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council What makes someone a good teacher? One of the most common elements of excelling at something is passion for what you are doing. For a teacher that translates into passion for the subject and for the process of teaching and engaging with students. But good teaching is much more than…

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The Economic Impacts of CCUS Tax Credits

By Roger H. Bezdek, Ph.D., Management Information Services, Inc. (MISI) Carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) may be a technology whose time has come and gone, and come back again. Analysts and policy-makers have belatedly realized that any ambitious decarbonization goals are simply not feasible without CCUS. Even advocates of the “Green New Deal” have (grudgingly)…

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Meet Dr. Brian Anderson – NETL’s New Director

By T.L. Headley, American Coal Council  Brian Anderson, Ph.D., was recently named the new director of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg made the announcement of Anderson’s appointment November 11, 2018. Anderson’s move was only a mile-and-a-half down the street. He…

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Will ACE Prove More Resilient than the CPP?

By Terry M. Jarrett, Healy Law Offices, LLC The controversy continues over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) years-long attempt to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants. The question is, can the agency’s latest effort withstand legal scrutiny? The EPA’s quest to regulate CO2 emissions from coal plants began with the Obama administration’s Climate…

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A Cup Half Full: Answering the Question “Why Coal and How Coal?”

U.S. coal exports are booming; domestic generation is easing; global metallurgical coal demand is strong; American natural gas and renewables are tough competitors; new coal plants continue to be built in large numbers particularly in Asia; opponents call for divestment from fossil fuels; recent policies represent potential opportunity. Just another year in the dynamic coal…

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Regional State of the State: Association Leaders Look to the Future

Recently, I spoke with the leaders of four of the nation’s state coal associations and asked them to discuss their experiences over the past few years, to assess the current status of the industry in their states and regions, and to share their views of the industry’s future strengths and opportunities. Those interviewed included Phil…

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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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