Lawmakers Say EPA Riders Out of Budget Deal

By: Friday April 8, 2011 1:42 pm

Darren Goode at Politico gives support to the Democratic contention that the 2011 budget fight is entirely down to abortion, because the EPA riders have been ditched: An evolving deal to avoid a government shutdown would include a study of the economic effect of environmental regulations rather than Republican riders to block EPA rules on [...]

EPA Blocks Major Mountaintop Mining Project

By: Thursday January 13, 2011 11:33 am

I’m not entirely well-versed on the Administration’s policy on mountaintop mining, but to the extent that I do come across the various proposals, they have vacillated back and forth a bit. Last April it seemed like an EPA rule on the practice, which entails blowing off the top of a mountain to extract resources, allowing [...]

Regional Differences Threaten Clean Energy Economy, Entrench Status Quo

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 1:48 pm

Many Americans, a majority according to a lot of polls, believe that America should move to a clean energy future. However, broken down regionally, that support would dissipate. In many states, the incentives for keeping the system as it is predominates. That’s particularly true in coal-dependent West Virginia, where the state is suing the federal [...]

EPA Basically Bans Mountaintop Mining

By: Friday April 2, 2010 7:28 am

The EPA, on the same day that they announced rulemaking on new CAFE standards, issued a set of guidelines that would seriously curtail mountaintop coal mining in the United States. While the EPA would deny this, it represents a reversal from earlier in the Obama Administration, when some permits for mountaintop and surface mining were [...]

Robert Byrd Denounces Coal Industry Fearmongering (Not A Typo)

By: Friday December 4, 2009 12:28 pm

Longtime West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, perhaps more allied with the coal industry than any politician living or dead, has penned a remarkable op-ed considering who he is. Saying that “the time has come to have an open and honest dialogue about coal’s future in West Virginia,” Byrd doesn’t exactly call for the end of [...]

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