West Virginia Repeals Law Made By Coal Industry To Help Coal Industry

By: Monday February 23, 2015 7:15 am

Lawmakers in West Virginia repealed the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Act, which forced utility companies to use more alternative fuels, early this month. The law, passed in 2009, mandated West Virginia to get 25 percent of its electricity from alternative and renewable energy sources. However, the law defines “alternative energy resources” as natural [...]

Some Democratic Governors Also Shaky on Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 9:35 am

All the Dem operatives and commentators ensuring that every state will “eventually” (an indeterminate length) opt into the Medicaid expansion makes the case that they will see what a good deal it is for the states and simply have to comply. Greg Sargent looks at some numbers from the Urban Institute showing that states would [...]

Manchin Threatens to Withhold Vote on Increasing Debt Limit

By: Monday March 21, 2011 9:52 am

There’s no question that Joe Manchin will be a thorn in the side of the White House and national Democrats for the next two years and possibly longer. He won his election running away from the Democratic Party – even though he received more help from liberal writers, who did much to define his opponent [...]

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 [...]

WV-Sen: The Democratic School for Negotiating to Get What Your Opponent Wants

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 6:15 am

I mentioned this in yesterday’s Roundup, but I’m still marveling at it, just as an example of how not to run a negotiation. Democrats in West Virginia originally wanted to follow the law by waiting until 2012 for a special election to replace the late Robert Byrd. Republicans howled about the deception of an interim [...]

WV-Sen: Special Election in Doubt

By: Monday July 19, 2010 8:20 am

The best laid plans of mice and legislatures…. Joe Manchin had an idea. The timing of Robert Byrd’s death meant that he could call for a quick-strike election in 2010 instead of waiting for 2012. Because of Manchin’s current popularity and his name ID, he could basically walk into a Senate seat. Not to mention [...]

Water Is Wet, and a West Virginia Senator Opposes Coal Industry Regulations

By: Friday July 16, 2010 2:45 pm

New West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin opposes any cap and trade legislation before the Senate, CQ reports. It’s behind a paywall, but here’s a brief piece: Carte Goodwin, the former general counsel to Gov. Joe Manchin III, gave his position in response to a question at the news conference in Charleston, W. Va., announcing his [...]

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 [...]

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