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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 9:35 p.m.

U.S. eyes West Coast military bases for coal, gas exports

The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Trump’s rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

Northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for the effects of the rollback on regulation of coal power plants. An EPA analysis concludes the plan would lead to …


Washington likely to sue EPA over new coal rules

Washington plans to sue Trump administration over proposed loosening of coal regulations.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 5:46 p.m.

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

The Trump administration is advancing a proposal that would replace President Barack Obama’s principal attempt to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with a new rule expected to go easier on …


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 12:33 p.m.

Trump orders ‘immediate steps’ to boost coal, nuclear plants

President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prepare “immediate steps” to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Sen. Maria Cantwell says governments should not be on the hook for coal mine cleanups

WASHINGTON – Congress should end a practice that puts the federal government and states at risk of paying for expensive coal mine cleanups when mining companies go bankrupt, according to …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 7:41 p.m.

Report: Coal’s tipping point near, but climate goals are not

Declines in coal power plant construction in China, India and the U.S. are projected to push the heavily-polluting fuel over the edge – but not fast enough to meet international …


Why people really want to move to Idaho but are fleeing its neighbor, Wyoming

Idaho is the fastest-growing state in the union.


Wyoming to cooperate on coal with other states, province

Western coal states and a Canadian province have signed an agreement to collaborate on coal research as part of an effort to help the struggling industry adapt to pressures over …


Rich Landers: ‘Environmentalists’ eventually forced out of their closets

What would you do if something threatened your favorite mountain? While most people don’t do much more than complain and feel sorry for themselves when facing demise off something so …


Coal returns as flashpoint in global climate-change fight

While more than 20 nations, led by Britain and Canada, pledged to stop burning coal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her country’s use of the fuel and the need to …


Outside view: Let’s lead on clean energy

The region must be a leader in recognizing and embracing the future rather than clinging to old and harmful modes of energy.


In shadow of Germany’s climate conference, a village disappears to make way for coal

The demolition of Immerath – making way for the expansion of mega-mines that will produce billions of tons of carbon emissions in the coming decades and leave a deep gash …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Spokane voters reject fines for coal, oil trains traveling through downtown

Proposition 2 was failing with only 41 percent of votes cast in favor of the measure, which had been criticized as illegal and potentially embroiling the city in costly legal …


State reject lease plans related to coal-export terminal

A state agency has rejected a request to use state-owned aquatic lands for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Coal-export terminal backer sues state over permit denial

A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the project a key permit.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Oil, coal train fines in Spokane go to voters with legal path unclear

On the question of whether Spokane can – or should – fine the owners of rail cars transporting certain crude oil and coal through downtown, both sides say they’re on …


Odd bedfellows fight Trump move on coal, nuclear

The Trump administration says coal is back and nuclear energy is cool. Not at the expense of natural gas, wind and solar, insist an unusual coalition of business and environmental …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Washington state deals blow to plan for Longview coal export terminal

The Department of Ecology rejected a water quality permit that Millennium Bulk Terminals sought because the proposed facility near the city of Longview would have caused “significant and unavoidable harm” …


Washington rejects permit for coal-terminal project

The state of Washington has denied a key permit sought by a company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from Western states to Asia.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Crews clean up coal, derailed train cars in NW Montana

Crews are removing 31 mangled rail cars and more than 3,500 tons of coal along a 200-foot section of riverbank on the Cabinet Gorge Reservoir in northwestern Montana.


Environmentalists get win in U.S. coal-climate change lawsuit

Handing a major victory to environmentalists, a court cast doubt Friday on a longstanding U.S. government argument that blocking federal coal leasing won’t affect climate change because the coal could …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

GSI opposes ballot measure fining rail shipments of oil, coal through Spokane

Greater Spokane Incorporated has officially come out against Proposition 2, a ballot measure that would fine rail shipments of oil and coal through Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken

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 …


Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels

The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …


Power plant operator reverses course, says it’s staying

The operator of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Western U.S. says it intends to keep running the 2,100-megawatt plant after declaring last year that a new …


Matt Nykiel: Do Avista customers face Colstrip risk?

Avista owes it to its customers to recognize the reality of the Western energy markets and start a real conversation about how to transition off coal and to cheaper, cleaner …


Montana coal production improves with export boost

Coal mining in Montana is up this year as the export market improves.


Colstrip gets $4.6 million in federal aid to retrain workers

The U.S. government has awarded $4.6 million to the state of Montana to help retrain hundreds of coal workers who will soon be out of jobs because of a partial …


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

Trump wants to steer UN climate cash to building coal plants

The U.S. will seek to use a United Nations fund designed to aid nations hard hit by climate change to promote the construction of coal-fired power plants around the world.