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Hundreds of Utah coal miners speak out on proposed federal reforms

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Frustrated coal miners, coal company executives and truckers who haul coal swamped a daylong public meeting Thursday on proposed reforms to the federal coal lease program, urging a three-year moratorium on new coal leases be overturned and reform efforts dropped.

“Growing up, I never thought the biggest threat to my job would be my government,” said Phillip Jensen, an engineering tech for Utah American Energy.

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War on the West: Environmentalists target fossil fuels on Federal lands

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The War on the West may soon take an even uglier turn. According to a new report by the environmentalists and the academics they control, ending all fossil fuel leases on federal public lands could reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide by 100 million tons.

What would this mean? An unprecedented attack on the US energy market unlike anything we have seen in recent history.

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War on coal: Wyoming loses nearly 500 coal jobs

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KTVQ in Billings, Montana is reporting that nearly 500 coal jobs are set to disappear in Wyoming, the least populous of the 50 states.

Peabody Energy cites “weak market conditions” as the reason it will lay off 235 employees from the North Antelope Rochelle Mine in the Powder River Basin.

And  Arch Coal announced it will lay off  243 workers, or 15 percent of its workforce, at the Black Thunder mine.



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Obama Halts New Coal Mining Leases on Federal Land

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This article was written by Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D. and was originally published here.


In a move seen by many critics of President Barack Obama as a continuation of his administration’s “war on coal,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell ordered a three-year moratorium on new coal leases on federal land.

Existing coal leases on public land would not be affected by the rule.

In her January 17 announcement of the rule, Jewell cited concerns over coal’s supposed contribution to climate change as the reason for the moratorium, saying the Interior Department will conduct a new analysis of how the extraction and burning of coal could make global climate change more likely.

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