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  • Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken

    August 22, 2017 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. One executive says the decision breaks a personal promise from President Donald Trump. Companies say plants are overburdened by environmental regulations and market stresses, and were seeking relief... more »
  • EPA seeks to derail cleanup of coal power plant pollution

    April 18, 2017 11:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court in Washington to postpone consideration of 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut emissions of toxic chemicals. The agency said it... more »
  • EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants

    April 14, 2017 2:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration wants to trash Obama-era rules to limit water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency administrator announced the change this week. Administrator Scott Pruitt sent a letter to a coalition of energy companies that lobbied against the 2015 water pollution rule. The rule... more »
  • China's coal consumption falls for 3rd year in a row

    February 27, 2017 11:34 PM

    BEIJING - China says that its coal consumption fell in 2016 for a third year in a row. Preliminary data released Tuesday by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that coal consumption fell by 4.7 percent. The bureau says the share of coal in China's total energy consumption mix fell... more »
  • 8 dead, 3 missing after central China coal mine blast

    February 13, 2017 9:24 PM

    BEIJING - Eight people are dead and three missing after an explosion inside a coal mine in central China. The blast occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Zoubao mine in Hunan province. Eighteen people escaped, according to a Tuesday statement from China's national safety regulator, the State Administration... more »
  • Chinese coal mine caves in, killing 9 workers

    January 17, 2017 10:03 PM

    BEIJING - Nine people have been killed in the partial collapse of a coal mine in northern China. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the people killed were doing maintenance work inside the mine shaft at the time of the accident. Rescuers were able to save one person,... more »
  • Texas, 12 other states sue to block Obama coal mining rule

    January 17, 2017 8:29 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas and 12 other states have asked a federal court to block final rules from President Barack Obama's administration designed to reduce coal mining's impact on streams. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned a Washington-based appeals court for an injunction Tuesday. Paxton said in a statement that... more »
  • Coal mine explosion in northern China kills 17, traps dozens

    December 3, 2016 11:20 AM

    BEIJING - Chinese state media say a coal mine explosion in a northern region has trapped 36 people, killing 17 of them. The official Xinhua News Agency says 17 people have been confirmed dead after Saturday's explosion at a coal mine run by the Baoma Mining Co. Ltd. in Inner... more »
  • China state media say all 33 miners found dead

    November 1, 2016 11:39 PM

    BEIJING - Chinese state media say all 33 coal miners trapped underground in a gas explosion earlier this week have been found dead. Two miners survived Monday's explosion but rescuers working around the clock found no others alive. All bodies have been recovered and rescuers were shown bowing their heads... more »
  • Losing out to China, workers embrace Trump

    September 15, 2016 11:17 AM

    EDITOR'S NOTE - This is part of Divided America, Associated Press' ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society. HANNIBAL, Ohio - Crushed by Chinese competition and feeling betrayed by mainstream politicians, workers in the hills of eastern Ohio are embracing Donald Trump and his... more »
  • Obama administration halts new coal leases

    January 15, 2016 11:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review. The question is whether fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect coal's impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday... more »
  • Clinton releases plan to help coal country adapt to climate

    November 12, 2015 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton has a $30 billion plan to help coal country adapt to climate policy. Clinton says her proposal will protect health benefits for coal miners and their families and help them retrain for new jobs. The Democratic presidential front-runner says the plan would help coal-dependent communities... more »
  • Sierra Club sues EPA over haze from Louisiana coal plants

    September 22, 2015 6:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Sierra Club, a national environmental group, is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force the regulator to make sure Louisiana's coal-powered plants cut down on haze-causing pollution, and thereby clear up the skies above precious wilderness areas in Louisiana and Arkansas. The lawsuit was filed... more »
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    July 28, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEWPORT NEWS, VA - As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President... more »

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