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UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

States, tribe seek to suspend coal sales on U.S. lands

A coalition of U.S. states, environmentalists and an American Indian tribe asked a federal judge on Wednesday to revive a moratorium on coal sales from federal lands that was imposed …

UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Iconic plant’s end spells doom for struggling coal industry

A coal plant in western Kentucky has shut down, marking a defeat for coal, President Trump and other top politicians who tried to keep it open.

UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Washington regulators deny Avista request for ratepayers to cover additional power costs after Montana coal plant closure

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a 2-1 ruling Friday that prevents the utility from charging its customers $3.2 million in additional power costs after a coal plant in …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Montana coal power plant closing two units built in 1970s

One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. will close two of its four units by Saturday as the Montana facility edges toward an eventual total shutdown.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

NorthWestern Energy seeks to buy more of Colstrip coal plant in Montana

NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it will seek regulatory permission to acquire part of Puget Sound Energy’s share of the Colstrip Power Plant for $1 as some utilities look to unload …

China’s climate paradox: A leader in coal and clean energy

China burns about half the coal used globally each year. Between 2000 and 2018, its annual carbon emissions nearly tripled, and it now accounts for about 30% of the world’s …

Mine shutdowns in top U.S. coal region bring new uncertainty

GILLETTE, Wyo. – At two of the world’s biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn’t even get toilet paper on credit.

UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

EPA defies climate warnings, gives coal plants a reprieve

The Trump administration has carried out a sweeping about-face on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Operator: Two units of Montana coal plant to close this year

The company that operates a coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana said Tuesday it will close two of the plant’s four units about 30 months ahead of schedule because of …

UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

Third-largest U.S. coal company files for bankruptcy

The nation’s third-largest coal company by production volume filed for bankruptcy Friday as utility companies increasingly turn to gas-fired generation and renewable energy for electricity.

Montana congressman confronts Inslee over coal-fired power

Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is accusing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee of “extinguishing” the livelihoods of residents in a Montana town by seeking to ban coal-fired electricity in his state.

UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019

Wyoming governor vetoes coal-export terminal lawsuit bill

Wyoming governor vetoes bill that would have allowed state Legislature to sue the state of Washington over coal exports.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

TVA defies Trump, votes to shut down two aging coal-fired power plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors voted to shut down two aging coal-fired power plants, defying a tweet from President Donald Trump on Monday urging the agency to keep …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019

First U.S. coal plant in years to open where no options exist

One way to boost coal in the U.S.: Find a spot near a mine with no access to oil or natural gas pipelines, where it’s not particularly windy and it’s …

Wyoming lawmakers look to sue Washington state over coal

Wyoming lawmakers are looking to sue Washington state over coal. The Casper Star-Tribune reports lawmakers will try to set aside $250,000 to sue Washington, bypassing Wyoming’s attorney general and hiring …

Trump EPA proposes rolling back another Obama-era coal rule

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed another rollback Thursday aimed at easing controls on emissions from coal-fired power plants, this time for new ones, even as warnings mount from the agency’s …

Coal question looms large as climate talks begin in Poland

Negotiators from around the world opened the United Nations’ annual climate change conference Sunday in a Polish city built around mining coal, widely seen as a main culprit behind global …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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 …