Trump's rollback of coal rules electrifies Wyoming workers

Posted April 06, 2017

Thanks to the large number of hydroelectric dams in the region, the Northwest relies on coal much less than the nation as a whole. They've lived with this regulation as an ever-present threat even after its implementation was stayed by a federal court. Second, by swapping coal for cleaner natural gas.

The coalition said it will not back down in protecting its constituents from Trump's actions.

It was a pathetic scene, coal miners flanking President Donald Trump as he signed an order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan.

A report prepared by the Sierra Club and Greenpeace published last week found there was a 48 percent decline in the number of planned coal units in India and China and a further 62 percent decline in construction starts with the drop mainly attributed to changed policies in China and India. Now, they are in full retreat. The industry can finally compete again without having both of its arms tied behind its back by an overzealous U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior. Meanwhile, natural gas, along with wind and solar power, are taking up a larger chunk of the energy production landscape in the USA and around the world, as both environmental protection standards and consumer demand lean toward clean energy alternatives. From fuel efficiency in automobiles to replacing coal-fired plants with natural gas or solar arrays, saving money goes hand-in-hand with cutting emissions.

To understand just how risky the CPP would have been, simply look at the facts.

Shipments of US metallurgical coal, used in the production of steel, have recently shown up in China following a two-year hiatus in part to offset banned shipments from North Korea and temporary delays from cyclone-hit Australian producers. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who was confirmed as attorney general last month, and as the Republican staff director for two Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittees.

Hundreds of aging coal-fired power plants have been retired or retrofitted.

Consumers across the country would have paid through the nose for this folly.

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And, with a surge in cases of fatal black lung disease among miners in Appalachia, anyone who truly cares about miners would preserve the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which helps coal miners get black lung benefits. Texas's median-aged coal plant is somewhat young, at 35 years old, but the state generated more than 13 times as much wind power in 2016 as it did in 2005, according to EIA. The average American household would have paid an additional $680 per year compared to electricity costs in 2012. These are staggering numbers.

"My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth".

China has led the world as the leading exporter of coal equipment since 2000.

The Trump administration has thankfully restored some common sense to our energy policy.

Recalling the interactions he has had with miners from across the country during his campaign and since he took office, Trump said he knew all about the struggles that they have endured.

Sometimes it's easy to overlook near misses, damage avoided. But we would be wise not to make that mistake with the war on coal.

In 2009, when Barack Obama entered the White House, coal provided 52 per cent of USA electricity.

Mountaintop removal has leveled majestic landscapes in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.