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MINExpo® is the Place to be in September

Looking for mining solutions, want to talk to technical experts or can’t wait to see cutting-edge equipment up close and in person, MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2021 is the place to be this September 13–15, in Las Vegas.  

More than 660,000 square feet of mining equipment, 11 exhibit halls full of innovation and more than 1,200 companies ready to do business is what MINExpo® offers. This video gives an idea of what to expect

· Purchase equipment, parts and services from current suppliers and discover new partners.

· Get up close, in one place, to the latest in sensors, advanced instrumentation, AI, robotics, automation, mobile technology, electrification, data analytics and more.

· Collaborate with technical staff on the show floor to address your operational issues and challenges.

· Participate in expert-led sessions that address today’s challenges and prepare for future success.

Whatever is needed and more is available from suppliers and new companies looking to do business in coal mining. As the only large mining show taking place in 2021 and well into 2022, don’t wait to register. 


NMA is committed to following the latest guidance from the CDC, state and local authorities, as well as the Las Vegas Convention Center, to create a dynamic industry event with safety as its top priority.


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WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Says We Have Huge Challenges Ahead

“We have some huge challenges in front of us,” said Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Attorney General, in addressing the joint meeting of the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and West Virginia Coal Association held at the Marriott Morgantown at Waterfront Place, Morgantown, West Virginia last month. “This is the endgame now and we have a lot of work ahead of us.”


Patrick Morrisey

West Virginia and Georgia are leading the National Legal Coalition to try to block the Biden Administration from renewing WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rules. Morrisey said that he thinks that he is on very strong legal ground but just because the legal ground is strong, doesn't mean that the Biden Administration is going to try to slow down. Regarding WOTUS and the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investor relations rules that are pending at the Securities Exchange Commission, there is a level of aggression coming out of the Biden Administration that makes the Obama administration look like little kids.

These guys are taking positions on policies that go way beyond what Obama could have ever dreamed about and that leaves them really vulnerable in the courts. But it also means that they're going to deploy the same strategy as Obama, which is even if you know that something's not likely to be upheld in court, you push really, really hard, and you try to use the market forces to collapse coal. 

That's their goal and obviously, this time, it's not just coal. It's coal, oil, and natural gas, you name it in terms of a fossil fuel, they're going after it. Morrisey is working with his colleagues on the legal initiatives and the litigation, whether it's the investor markets and the public relations, to let people know that the legal premise behind a lot of the Biden initiatives is not there. This should be a win in court. The question is going to be when. That's going to be the fight, but it's going to require everyone to continue to step up. A large coalition is needed not only involving the fossil fuel industries, but also the manufacturing sector. To date, many of them have been really sitting on the side with respect to some of these Biden initiatives, because they're afraid. They need to engage early and often to have a chance to push back. 

Morrisey intervened on the Mitchell power plant because it's critical to keep Mitchell viable, and extend the date out from 2028 to 2040. We care a lot about the miner jobs, we care about the economic viability, but it goes way beyond that. If you look at the Biden climate plan. It's stunning in terms of its aggressiveness. They are trying to wipe out all coal fired power plants by 2030. They are trying to reduce natural gas capacity in half, by 2030. They are trying to move 100 million people over to electric cars by 2030 and to completely electrify the grid. 

In West Virginia, we're still 90% coal. Imagine the kind of changes that West Virginia would need to make in order to achieve any of these goals. The level of destruction is something that we haven't seen before though the premise behind this is faulty. President Biden does not have the authority to do the things that he'd like to do. He wants to make the EPA into the almighty, all powerful regulator, but it lacks that legal authority. West Virginia has led a nineteen-state coalition, where it filed the petition of the US Supreme Court, and is arguing that the EPA does not have the authority to settle such major questions with respect to emission standards. 

There's a clear and present danger and that's why the petition was filed. Once again, Morrisey thinks that we have a lot of legal support behind us. But just as it was very difficult to obtain the last stay, it's going to be really hard to obtain it this time. He is hopeful that it's going to be in September 30 to October 10 or so that we'll find out whether the petition at the US Supreme Court is granted. If we prevail on that petition, we do a huge amount of hurt on the Biden Administration's ability to move their climate change agenda. 

The help of industry is needed to continue to make some of the economic arguments about why this is a real threat right now. Morrisey needs raw data with respect to what that climate change proposal will mean, not only for West Virginia, Appalachia, but for every state in the nation in terms of the number of jobs that are lost. We have to further build on the economic effects on the power grid. We know that there's going to be less capacity that's needed. We just have to look at what's been going on in Texas, and in California to know of the importance of having adequate supply available. 

Coal serves that function right now. From a President Biden perspective, it need not serve that function in the future. We have to make sure we're educating people about that, and put together the meat and bones of the economic analysis. That analysis will make a difference as to whether we could prevail at the US Supreme Court.   

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Carbon Capture Plans Move Forward In Senate Committee’s Energy Infrastructure Bill

In a push to develop carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology, legislation outlining such measures has been included in a larger Energy Infrastructure Act approved by a bipartisan U.S. Senate committee.

The infrastructure bill, including 48 amendments, cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), by a 13-7 vote on July 14. It would invest $100 billion in a broad range of energy technologies and initiatives.

“If the world wants less carbon in the atmosphere while preserving jobs, the answer is sequestering carbon,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), co-sponsor of the carbon capture bill with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).

“This bill represents the largest government investment in CCUS infrastructure in U.S. history,” a press release from Cassidy’s office states.


How carbon capture, storage and transport would work. (Energy Futures Initiative)

The Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act aims to build a network of carbon capture facilities, transport pipelines and geological storage locations, its sponsors said. It also proposes: flexible, low-interest loans for CO2 infrastructure construction, development of saline geologic carbon storage systems, and increased funding for Environmental Protection Agency grants to state and local governments for carbon capture projects.

“If passed and signed into law, the SCALE Act will help develop CCUS infrastructure as a critical means of reducing emissions of CO2 — or carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas — while creating regional economic opportunities and thousands of jobs. ” Coons said in a press release.

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has set a goal of a 50-52 percent reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas pollution from 2005 levels in 2030.

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Charting a Course Towards Globally Replicable Emissions Reduction

As much attention as domestic climate and energy policy are given, few policymakers seem willing to grapple with global energy trends and reality. Senator Joe Manchin is not one of them. As the senator has repeatedly pointed out, the energy transition and the move away from fossil fuels simply isn’t happening in much of the world.

In fact, with economic recovery picking up pace globally, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that electricity demand is coming roaring back, expected to jump 5% this year and 4% next, and demand for fossil fuels is surging with it. Coal – still the world’s leading fuel for electricity generation – is seeing its demand grow again as well. After declining by 4.6% in 2020, coal generation is projected to increase by almost 5% in 2021 to exceed pre-pandemic levels. The IEA predicts coal demand could set an all-time high in 2022.

The IEA is bringing irrefutable data to the story Senator Manchin has been telling. So it was of particular interest when IEA executive director Fatih Birol posted a photo last week of himself with Senator Manchin on the senator’s boat, captioned “…fascinating evening discussing U.S. domestic energy priorities & the role [the U.S.] can play in global clean energy transitions.”

It’s not hard to imagine that a good bit of that conversation focused on U.S. leadership in developing and deploying carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology. If there’s one topic we can be sure these two leaders agree on, it’s CCUS and its importance to tackling the global emissions challenge.

In fact, it’s harder to find a bigger backer for U.S. leadership on CCUS than Senator Manchin, who recently took Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm to his home state of West Virginia to showcase the promise and opportunity provided by U.S. leadership on advanced fossil fuel technologies. As Senator Manchin has said time and again, you can innovate your way to a cleaner climate, but you cannot eliminate your way. In other words, simply phasing out fossil fuels here will do little to address the bigger global challenge. He’s abundantly aware of coal’s staying power overseas, the youth of Asia’s coal fleet and the hundreds of new coal plants already under construction or in the pipeline.

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Preserve US Coal Through Coal + Biomass and CCUS for 24/7 Electricity and CO2 Supply

By Fred Palmer, President & CEO, NewEra Carbon, Inc., Senior Consultant, Net-Negative CO2 Baseload Power, Inc.

A “clean electricity” standard requiring CO2 reductions at 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2035 is expected by many in the pending Senate Reconciliation Bill. Even more alarming is that such a bill may not need the typical 60-vote threshold. At the discretion of the Senate parliamentarian, under the Byrd Rule, a simple majority vote may be deemed sufficient. This is alarming. Recall that then President Obama with Vice President Biden set the reduction standard at 80% by 2050, with the scientific concern over climate as acute as it is now.


Fred Palmer 

In that context, and if then passed, acceptance in the House is near certain. The near-term time line for CO2 emission reduction reported to be included in the bill is not attainable for deployment of new coal or natural gas technology to lower CO2 emissions by 80%. If passed and implemented by EPA, the consequence would eliminate coal for electricity generation across the country. Natural gas will take a major hit as well. 

As a substantive, real and attainable answer now, pursuing Net-Negative CO2 Baseload Power represents a powerful vision for the future, an answer now to preserve US coal plants and also an acceptable ESG strategy. Such an approach combines coal with biomass, (70-80% coal; 30-20% biomass) utilizing carbon capture utilization and storage.


Steve Winberg

Social development through coal energy using this technology is likely the lowest cost and is the cleanest path in a near zero CO2 emission world. Wind, solar and nuclear can never be net negative. In addition, the tremendous forests of West Virginia, Wyoming and other coal states become a tremendous asset linked with coal for our energy future. 

From an ESG standpoint, deployment of Net-Negative CO2 technology meeting societal future electric needs is a huge positive. In an economy electrifying coupled with positive human development metrics for coal to electricity going back to the beginning, the conclusion is that coal has been and now will remain an essential fuel through Net-Negative CO2 Baseload Power. 

That story must go to the White House, federal agencies and Congress. It also must go directly to financial institutions one on one with business facts backing it up. This 21st Century Coal approach becomes the ultimate ESG answer, not just here in the U.S., but around the world.

To buy the time that is needed to develop and deploy infrastructure and technology, advancing the vision while funding is secured, we must focus on the clear reliability value of the current coal fleet right now focusing on both the plants themselves, the transmission systems that carries the power and the existing production infrastructure represented in coal communities. 

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