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Fred Palmer Discusses Plan for "Saving US Coal"


Recently, Fred Palmer discussed the plan for "Saving US Coal" with Bill Reid, Publisher and Managing Editor of CoalZoom.com. 

Fred Palmer

CoalZoom: We’re with Fred Palmer, senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide, to talk more about the “Saving US Coal” campaign. Fred, you’ve partnered with internationally respected scientist, Craig Idso, in the “Saving US Coal” project. Let’s get down to some details about the plan please?  

Fred Palmer: In early January, Craig Idso and I, through the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change {CO2 Center}, will file and prosecute a petition at EPA to repeal CO2 Endangerment while securing positive findings of benefits to the Human Environment from enhanced atmospheric CO2 concentration. As an inherent part of our strategy and messaging, we will put the benefits of coal to electricity and coal conversion front and center. In doing so we will focus on human health and welfare resulting from it, showing always more people living longer and better because of coal, not in spite of it.

In further support of the Petition and as an educational tool, the Center will produce a series of videos in the Greening of Planet Earth, Confirmed series, establishing beyond doubt the validity of the positive CO2 science set forth in the original 1990s videos, the Greening of Planet Earth and the Greening of Planet Earth Continues. The Petition will also detail the ongoing CO2 Endangerment threat to the operations of remaining coal plants along with the opportunities that will be forever lost in new, coal conversion technologies if the CO2 Endangerment Findings are not repealed.

The promise of advanced Coal conversion technologies includes the prospect of substantial inroads by coal into the oil, carbon fiber and materials markets, with a return over time to record US coal production well over 1 billion tpy. CO2 Endangerment forever blocking the complete development of these technologies will be advanced as another reason for CO2 Endangerment repeal.

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"Saving US Coal" Video No. 3 - The Fortuitous Link Between CO2 Emissions and Economic Growth

This video segment discusses the proven fundamental link between CO2 emissions and economic growth. As countries have embraced and increased their production of fossil energy, their citizens have been amply rewarded with increased economic development and prosperity.  


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Coal May Not Be King, But It Isn't Dead Yet

Depending on how you look at it, coal’s current place in power generation likely rests between the West Virginia Coal Association’s sweet refrains of the theme song “Coal Is West Virginia” and the death knell opponents have been sounding since the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal” helped fuel a more rapid decline.

Even coal’s loudest champions know it is a challenging marketplace and future.

Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, told Senior Staff Writer Charles Young that it is a “difficult time” for the industry as reflected by bankruptcies of some of the largest producers like Murray Energy.

Dr. John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, who is viewed as one of the most logical voices on all things to do with the state’s economy, said the coal industry is “roughly stable.”

As Young points out in today’s story, coal’s current condition and its future are cloudy because of the continual mixed messages that come from production and market conditions.

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Contura Energy: Exemplary Work in Reclamation

The Earth is a critically important resource, and it is up to us to respect and care for it. That’s why the mining industry takes such pride in its reclamation efforts. After mining has finished, mining companies restore the land to wildlife areas and wetlands, recreation areas and farms.

88 Strip of Paramont Contura, LLC, an affiliate of Contura Energy, Inc., is a surface coal mine that takes its reclamation responsibilities seriously. As part of the mine’s reclamation, a Virginia state route was made safer and straighter by widening and partially relocating the road. 88 Strip also includes more than 340 acres of land reclaimed with grass and tree cover. And the land has excellent drainage control; since 2006 when the permit began, there have been no water quality violations.


For this and many other reasons, 88 Strip was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Reclamation Award in the coal category. This is an award presented by the National Association of State Land Reclamationists (NASLR) who host conferences nationwide on reclamation activities. And the company is proud of their accomplishment; Jason Whitehead, executive vice president and COO, said:

“As evidenced by this and other past awards, 88 Strip continues to be an exemplary reclamation site. The widespread success of this location is due to the outstanding professionals at Paramont Contura who take great pride in their work and strive daily for excellence. The entire Contura team is proud of their accomplishments.”

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com. 

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Thanksgiving in Coal Country

While media continue to look for new and exciting ways to attack this president, one that doesn’t hold water is the criticism that, despite his promises, he hasn’t delivered anything meaningful for coal country.

To be clear: there are significant challenges facing today’s coal industry. Immediate action must be taken to rebalance and restore competition to the markets. And the anticipated PJM Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) could be a good – albeit incomplete – start, restoring integrity to wholesale markets and addressing the threat to grid reliability and resiliency posed by the loss of essential coal capacity.

But there are equally valid reasons why, when mining families gather for their Thanksgiving meals this week, this administration’s actions will clearly be on their list of things for which they are thankful.

Under the Obama administration, a perfect storm of a regulatory attack coupled with market factors resulted in a 40 percent drop in coal employment.  With employment declines in a near free fall, the Trump administration took charge and stopped the losses, with modest increases in some areas. Direct coal mining jobs remained above 82,000 for each of the first two years of this administration. Not to mention the additional 300,000 indirect jobs supported by coal mining.

To continue reading, click here to view the full article on CoalZoom.com. 

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