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Coal Is Fueling China's Data Center Boom

China's data center sector is heating up. “The rapidly growing market is largely driven by data-intensive industries such as cloud computing, ...

Company gets permit to build coal-to-liquid-facility in Mason County; more than 250 jobs expected

"It's truly state-of-the-art," Chris Hamilton said. "To be able to turn coal into fuel here in West Virginia can go a long way towards establishing U.S. ...

Coal industry staying strong
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRUSHFORK — The 23rd Bluefield Coal Show opened Wednesday morning with .... of the breakfast and publisher of Coal News Inc. and the online industry website Coal Zoom. .

EDITORIAL: Coal industry's decline is inexorable, probably irreversible

In a talk before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the president of the United Mine Workers of America said, “Coal's not back. Nobody ...

Coal Show finishes as huge success
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — The 2019 Bluefield Coal Show ended Friday afternoon, and by all accounts it was a huge ... “There is a two-page staff (of volunteers) to run all this,” he said. .... Contact Charles Boothe at

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit.

Bluefield Coal Show officially opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — The 2019 Bluefield Coal Show officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ... Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, was also on hand for the ... 

Occidental CEO calls for new US laws to boost carbon capture

She urged attendees to call on Congress to support legislation to facilitate the permitting and development of carbon capture sequestration projects ...

US Department of Energy Announces $110M for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (press release)

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option for fossil-based energy sources—such ...

West Virginia DEP OKs construction permit for coal-to-liquids facility in Mason County

MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A proposed coal-to-liquids facility in Mason County has been granted a construction permit by the West ...

The Blackjewel coal miners protest continues

HARLAN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Blackjewel Coal Miners protest in Harlan County continues. Saturday the attorney representing the miners, Ned ...

Idle Mines Portend Dark Days for Top US Coal Region
NBC4 Washington

Wallet is looking for a job and using his downtime to sell "We Will Rise Again" T-shirts to benefit families of out-of-work coal miners. He's also lobbying ...

China's coal industry to usher in 5G era
Shine News (press release)

Shanxi has more than 900 coal mines and produces about 900 million tons of coal annually, with some 300,000 coal miners working long hours ...

Global coal mining market report 2019
World Coal has released the Global Coal Mining Market Forecast to 2022, which provides strategists, marketers and senior ...

Thermal coal in Asia: the real risks for investors
World Coal

Japanese project lenders are increasingly isolated globally in their exposure to coal power. Amid greater shareholder scrutiny on climate risk, their ...

Coal industry staying strong: CONSOL Energy CEO brings positive message to Coal Show opening
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRUSHFORK — The 23rd Bluefield Coal Show opened Wednesday morning with CONSOL Energy President and CEO Jimmy Brock bringing a ...

Divesting coal is 'weak': Hostplus CIO
The Australian Financial Review

Hostplus CIO Sam Sicilia has put himself in the firing line of superannuation fund members and climate activists by declaring that divesting coal shares ...

Russian coal port handling rises 8% in Jan-Aug

(Montel) Russia's seaports handled 117m tonnes of coal in the first eight months of the year, up 8.4% on the year, amid export terminal upgrades and ...

China's benchmark power coal price edges up
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

China's benchmark power coal price rose slightly during the past week as production control and increased consumption helped inflate coal prices.

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