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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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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)…