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Solving the pension crisis
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

“We have 13,000 coal miners who will lose their healthcare and 92,000 coal miners who will ... Contact Charles Boothe at

EU Climate Plan Would Sweeten Deal for Coal Countries
The New York Times

BRUSSELS — The European Commission introduced on Wednesday its centerpiece climate strategy that, if approved, would pivot the world's ...

Coal mining employment falls, wind energy capacity rises

Coal mining employment has declined in the past decade as coal demand has fallen, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Japan given 2nd "Fossil" award over no change in coal push
Kyodo News Plus

Tokyo maintains coal is a cost-effective power generation solution, and that new technology installed in place of aging, less efficient power stations ...

Social transition and why it matters in coal mine closure
Mining Technology

Coal remains a significant contributor to the economies of the world, and backbone of many local communities, so simply closing coal mines can ...

COLUMN-Australia energy market operator turns Scrooge on coal lobby: Russell

LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Australia, which vies with Indonesia for the title of the world's largest coal exporter, is planning for an ...

Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks
Houston Chronicle
CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Coal ash is leaking from a dump complex at the largest coal-fired plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority ...

Japan Has 'Complex Feelings' in Overcoming Coal Addiction

Japan needs to overcome what United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres labeled a “coal addiction,” and the issue is causing mixed feelings ...

Report: US coal mining industry continues to lose jobs

About a minute ago. U.S. coal mining employment has fallen 42% since 2011, most dramatically in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the Appalachian ...

Unions Join Companies to Oppose Richmond Coal Ban
East Bay Express

A coalition of residents, health professionals, and environmental groups has campaigned for more than a year for Richmond to ban exports of coal and ...

Alabama has 300 years of coal reserves

Monday, a new academic study showed that coal has a tremendous positive impact on Alabama's economy. M. Keivan Deravi, Ph. D., of Economic ...

Gore calls out China for financing coal power plants
Yahoo News

MADRID, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Former U.S. vice president and longtime climate campaigner Al Gore urged China on Thursday to stop financing coal ...

China's benchmark power coal price drops slightly
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

The Bohai-Rim Steam-Coal Price Index (BSPI), a gauge of coal prices in northern China's major ports, stood at 550 yuan (about 78 U.S. dollars) per ...

Solving the pension crisis: Sen. Manchin vows to pass Bipartisan American Miners Act
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Wednesday that legislation in the Senate will be stalled until a bipartisan bill to save coal ...

Democrat Micheal Bloomberg calls for an end to fossil fuel subsidies
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal are one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions warming the planet. Scientists say their use needs to ...

NorthWestern Energy seeks to buy more of Colstrip coal plant in Montana
The Spokesman-Review

HELENA – NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it will seek regulatory permission to acquire part of Puget Sound Energy's share of the Colstrip Power ...

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