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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.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Coal-fired plants top polluters in Europe

Coal-fired power stations are responsible for the most pollution in Europe, with Britain among the top polluters, the European Union says.


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Perry says coal-fired power plants important in US future

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday that coal-fired power plants are important for the country’s future, and he suggested that energy supply will spark demand.


Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

The world’s biggest coal users – China, the United States and India – have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for …


Andy Van Hees and Arlene Burns: Remember Mosier: Stop fossil fuel transports

The one-year anniversary of the oil train derailment in Mosier is a potent reminder that Spokane and all communities along the tracks are at risk.


Idaho officials approve utility’s plan to close coal plant

State officials have approved an Idaho utility company’s plan to close a coal-fired power plant in Nevada about 10 years sooner than planned and raise monthly bills for customers.


A look at how Trump’s climate moves affect the coal industry

President Donald Trump says withdrawing from a global climate change agreement will boost the U.S. economy, but existing market forces have had far more of an effect on the fossil …


Chris Bryant: Trump can’t stop climate progress

A majority of Exxon Mobil Corp shareholders (including several large asset managers) voted on Wednesday to force it to disclose how climate change would affect its business.


U.S. surrenders leadership on climate

American business leaders urged Trump to stay with the Paris Agreement. By withdrawing, the United States gives up its leadership role.


Despite Trump, growth in clean energy expected to continue

President Donald Trump may abandon U.S. pledges to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming, but that step seems unlikely to stall the push to adopt cleaner forms of …


BNSF appeals review of Washington coal terminal project

BNSF Railway has appealed an environmental review of a coal-export terminal in Washington state, arguing it miscalculated or overstated the risk of cancer for some residents.


BNSF appeals review of Washington coal terminal project

BNSF Railway has appealed an environmental review of a coal-export terminal in Washington state, arguing it miscalculated or overstated the risk of cancer for some residents.


UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Review: Coal terminal would boost pollution, safety issues

A new environmental study says a coal-export terminal proposed in southwest Washington would have major impacts on local communities, access to tribal fishing sites and rail safety.


Solar energy illuminates coal’s demise

The bottom line is that clinging to the ancient religion of coal does nothing to make America great again.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

Lawmakers: Congress close to deal on coal miners’ benefits

Congress is close to a deal to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire Sunday, coal-state lawmakers said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:40 p.m.

Knezovich, railroads tout rail safety as Spokane coal, oil train activists close in on ballot measure

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of Union Pacific and BNSF said Thursday they’re working to ensure coal and oil moves safely through downtown Spokane and first responders are ready in …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Exxon and Shell step up to defend Paris climate accord

As President Donald Trump contemplates whether to make good on his campaign promise to yank the United States out of the Paris climate accord, an unlikely lobbying force is hoping …


Trump’s EPA chief wants ‘exit’ from Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump’s top environment official called for an “exit” from the historic Paris agreement Thursday in what appeared to be the first time such a high-ranking official has so …


Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants

The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants …


EPA head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told workers at the nation’s largest underground coal mining complex the “regulatory assault” on the coal industry is over.