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Retired coal miners seek Congress's help to preserve their pensions
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON — Dave VanSickle spent most of his life underground cutting and loading coal. Some days were grueling, but he got through the worst ...

Coal Industry Plans to 'Go Green', Aims to Reduce Emissions of Planet-Warming CO2 80% by 2050

President Donald Trump acknowledges coal miners during a Make America Great Again rally at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, Aug.

Miner Killed In Harlan County Accident Identified
LEX18 Lexington KY News

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the site following the accident. All mining operations ...

Report: Tribes Need Feds Help To Recover From NGS Shutdown
Fronteras: The Changing America Desk

Both the Navajo and Hopi Tribes rely heavily on lease and royalty revenue from the coal industry. In response to the shutdown, the Navajo Nation will ...

Coal Community Prepares For Future With Potential Plant Closure
Wyoming Public Media

He's worked at the Kemmerer coal mine as a truck driver, laborer and driller for 35 years, until he retired. The mine, along with the power plant it feeds, ...

Powering Down: Ohio Community Reckons With Coal Plant Closure

Coshocton is joining the growing list of Ohio Valley communities where coal plants are powering down. “It's an integral part of the community,” Denise ...

Weekly US coal train loadings fall to seven-week low: STB
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

US coal train loadings fell to a seven-week low in the week ended May 24, on a decrease in loadings from the Powder River Basin and Illinois Basin, ...

China's saber-rattling on rare-earths trade has US officials looking for options
Ars Technica

This tariff has squeezed the bottom lines of the owners of the only US rare-earth mine at Mountain Pass, Calif. Mountain Pass ships its ore to China for ...

Ukraine sees 9.2% reduction in coal production in first four months of 2019

In particular, thermal coal production in the first four months fell by 5.3% y-o-y, to 8.59 million tonnes, Ukraine's Energy and Coal Industry Ministry said.

Unions face urgent challenge to transition from coal
Green Left Weekly

When the data points to a decline in the coal industry — the result of aging mines, automation, the ramshackle corporate embrace of renewable ...

Rare-earth elements could be big business for West Virginia

(WOWK News) West Virginia may be about to land a huge new windfall, from the coal industry. When coal is extracted, there is a waste product ...

Energy secretary says US can make oil, gas, coal cleaner
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than ...

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