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Editorial: WV is on its own in solving economic problems from coal's decline
Williamson Daily News

The future of a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle — and the economic activity that comes with it — is in the hands of the ...

Coal tax credits
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

As expected, Virginia Democrats have killed a critical funding source that was designed to help spur economic development in Southwest Virginia.

Miners' union backs shift from coal in exchange for jobs
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., adjusts his face mask as he arrives for votes on Biden administration nominees, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, ...

CSX 1Q profit dips 8% but railroad sees economy growing
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Volume was up about 1% over last year's first quarter, but revenue fell across automotive, chemical and coal shipments. CSX said its expenses ..

ExxonMobil, other oil giants, looking to commercialize carbon capture
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Energy giants such as ExxonMobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell are pushing carbon capture and storage—where carbon is gathered and buried ...

Abandoned coal mine reclamation fees to be extended for 7 years
County 17

“A healthy coal industry means that the nation has a healthy abandoned mine cleanup program.” The AML fund plays a pivotal role in ensuring ...

'Developing renewable energy' should co-exist with coal industry: Marles
Sky News Australia

'Developing renewable energy' should co-exist with coal industry: Marles. 20/04/2021|4min. Labor has recognised coal as a significant step in ...

Manchin supports pro-union legislation, economic incentives to help coal communities
Martinsburg Journal

"Our forecast indicates that the worst may be over for the state's coal industry," the report stated. "We forecast that the second quarter of 2020 will mark ...

Roberts, Manchin are energized by coal

... member, said: “American coal miners have the backbone of the coal industry for generations, to produce energy we've relied on and still rely on.

Record coal burning in China, post-COVID rebound will feed a rebound in global carbon emissions ...

Chinese coal consumption is poised to hit a record this year, according to a closely watched global tracking organization, a bump up that contradicts ...

Illinois solar production improving, coal hanging on

But the rise in solar energy is causing concern in coal country Southern Illinois. "My concern is 50 years down the road, what happens to these panels?" ...

Secretary of state says countries investing in new coal 'will hear from US'
The Guardian

Antony Blinken says Biden administration will challenge those failing to cut reliance on coal as Scott Morrison emphasises costs of action.

New Virginia law sets up stakeholder process to diversify coal region's economy
Appalachian Voices

Governor Northam has signed into law a bill, passed by the General Assembly during the 2021 session, that ends decades-old tax credits for the coal ...

DOE to invest US$6 million in products from coal waste
World Coal

While both coal from existing mines and coal wastes are acceptable feedstocks for these innovations, the use of coal wastes (e.g. tailings, ash, etc.) is ...

Mississippi Power plans to shutter coal, gas plants
E&E News

Shuttering the coal and natural gas units will have a greater significance, however. Southern has a net-zero carbon goal for 2050, and the Biden ...

Shunning coal is not a realistic short-term goal
Mining Review

Thermal coal mining projects (new and expansions) and all associated mine-site activities (including planning, development, processing, rehabilitation ...

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