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World Coal Association Statement - IEA Energy Technology Perspectives Report

The World Coal Association Chief Executive, Michelle Manook welcomes the IEA Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 report and issues the following comments:

The World Coal Association and its members support the development and deployment of clean energy technology solutions to reduce emissions. The coal industry has a demonstrated track record of innovating and responding to economic and environmental challenges and it will do so again.

The reality is that coal plays a vital role in the global energy mix. It is a catalyst for economic development, acting as an enabler for several industries, including steel and cement, and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

A concerted and coordinated effort from governments, investors, and industries is required to accelerate deployment of these critical technologies and inform sensible transition policy and incentives. The clean energy transition must be inclusive of all fuels and all clean technologies.

With the right policy leadership and agnostic settings, the clean coal industry can continue to contribute meaningfully to achieving both economic and environmental goals. While we have seen significant advances, we need a scaling up in the deployment of all clean technologies, including clean coal technology. This is particularly important in the developing economies that will continue to rely on coal to support their economic growth.

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Atlantic Coking Coal: Offers Strengthen

Cautious optimism towards European steel demand recovering further in the fourth quarter has encouraged some traders to start pushing up their offers for US coking coal this week.

But at least one mill was heard to have still secured September loading high-volatile B coal below $90/t fob Hampton Roads this week, pointing to the continued presence of a supplier or miner still holding considerable stocks.

The Argus daily fob Hampton Roads assessment for low-volatile coking coal held steady at $106/t today, while the high-volatile A price rose by $1/t to $109/t fob Hampton Roads, buoyed by signs of further supply tightness to come. The high-volatile B price edged up by $2.50/t to $97/t, reflecting the continued gap in price ideas between buyers that have secured September loadings at $88-92/t this week and fourth-quarter offers from traders reaching towards $100/t.

While steel prices in Europe are rising, the pressure of raw materials costs remains on mills as iron ore prices rise. "The mills are trying to ramp up coil prices but their margins are still not improving enough. Everything has been eaten up by iron ore," said one mill. The Argus ICX 62pc index rose by $2.60/dry metric tonne (dmt) today to $128.70/dmt cfr Qingdao, up from $99.95/dmt at the start of June, while the 65pc index was up today by $2.05/dmt to $140.90/dmt.

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American Resources Strikes Acquisitions to Bolster its Metallurgical Coal Footprint

American Resources Corporation (NASDAQ:AREC) has spent the past several years consolidating assets to build out its metallurgical carbon platform. It is staffed by a team of former private equity executives and consultants with a sentimental attachment to Appalachia and its coal, who are keen to stage a turnaround in how business is done there.

The company distinguishes itself from struggling rivals - many of whom have plunged into bankruptcy - by their low-cost, efficient operations.


A quest for new ways to improve the intricate work of supplying various grades of coal to steel producers has been on the to-do-list for American Resources' management since its founding partners made their first investment in the industry in eastern Kentucky back in 2006.

American Resources operates five complexes located primarily within Pike, Perry, Knott and Letcher Counties in Kentucky and Wyoming County in West Virginia. The company’s primary focus is on supplying steel mills and electric arc furnaces with metallurgical Carbon, PCI and specialty alloy metals along with metal products.

The company has gobbled up a number of struggling coal operations across Central Appalachia. Its takeovers include McCoy Elkhorn Coal, Dean Mining LLC, ICG Knott County, Wyoming County Coal, Empire Kentucky Land, the PointRock Mine and Perry County Resources.

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National Mine Rescue Association Announce Requirements for 2020 Post # 5 Mine Rescue Contest

Prior to the contest date, teams need to provide an email to contest officials, which can be used to deliver the team’s contest results for their working of the field problem, maps, and written exam. This will accommodate remote review of the team scores and allow for their appeals to be emailed back to the final appeal judges for final review. The email that the team receives will have the return email address with it.

At the team’s designated time assigned by their working order, the team will need to report to the parking lot outside of the recreation building at Mylan Park, (where lock up has been held in the past). Teams #1 through #8 will need to report to their assigned parking location at 7:00 am. Teams will be allowed to park their trucks or trailers, prepare their apparatus and equipment to be ready for use. When teams arrive an official will announce the team member whose number was pre-drawn to take the written exam. That team member for teams #1 through #8 will report to the lobby area at the front of the Administration Building take the written exam at their assigned time. They will be given 15 minutes to take the written exam. While those team members are taking the written exam the other team members for Teams #1 through #4 need to get ready to report to the field. After the written exam is completed, that team member will return to his team and get ready to report to the field. Teams #5 through #8 will need to be ready when their number to compete is called.

Teams will be escorted to their field by a guard and given 4 minutes to set up. A 60-minute time limit will be permitted to work the field problem, and a 10-minute warning will be given to the team prior to the time elapsing. Once the clock is stopped by the team, a judge will walk the field with the team captain (or his designee) and mark the final vent map.  Then another judge will gather the Team and CCA (or B/O) maps and SD cards, and take pictures of the maps, then store them in a proper storage area. The field time should be noted and a picture of the clock taken prior to resetting the clock.

Once the team has had the maps and SD cards taken, and the final vent map signed, a judge will escort that team back to the parking lot, where they can load up their equipment and leave the Mylan Park Area returning to their remote lock up location where they will await emailed results of their score cards. The escort Judge will announce to the team that their 20 minutes will be started to leave the area and if the team does not leave Mylan Park in 20 minutes they will receive an additional 5 docks for not following Written instructions under Rule 50 and additional 10 docks for not following local contest rules. This includes any of that team’s spectators also.

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CO2 and a Warmer World - Two Positives for Mankind

By Fred Palmer, J.D. Senior Fellow-CO2 Policy, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change and Head of Saving Us Coal


Fred Palmer

One month ago in August scientists at my alma mater, the University of Arizona (UofA) released a research paper seeking to nail down the temperature of the last Ice Age, referred to as the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) of 20,000 years ago. Their answer is that the Ice Age temperature was 6 degrees Celsius (11F) colder than today. The link to the news story on the study from UofA is provided here.

It used to be that we worried about the return of an Ice Age, or a Little Ice Age, but no more. When Clinton/Gore took office in 1993 the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History had a major display right as you walked in the door on the proposition that the world is in an interglacial and at risk from a future Ice Age. The horrors of that to human life, and of a lesser Little Ice Age, were there for all to see. And of course, with good reason as a warmer world will always be more hospitable to people than a colder world’s ice ages and little ice ages show beyond argument. But as the Gore anti coal and fossil fuel agenda took hold in Washington, Smithsonian removed the return of an Ice Age feature and the topic is now buried in a more generic, and alarmist, climate section.

Gore may not acknowledge it, but there is no doubt the last Ice Age was “adverse to human health and welfare”, in the words of the US Clean Air Act. Some 20,000 years ago, New York City was covered by 10,500 feet of ice, with much of the upper US Midwest likewise blanketed. Northern Europe was ice bound with no humans living there, either, as devastating, atmospheric CO2 content was a de minimus 180 parts per million (ppm) compared to over 400 ppm today.  The literature tells that all plant life from the extreme Ice Age cold was threatened with extinction due to depressed atmospheric CO2 content, plant life needing 150 ppm of CO2 to survive.

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