In the news today and from the weekend…
- The WV Herald-Dispatch carries an op-ed in which the author argues that West Virginia coal will play a key part in America’s energy future.
- Quartz reports on the similarities between the western U.S. and Saudi Arabia’s economic reliance on fossil fuels.
- High Country News reports a group of conservation organizations have challenged a new copper mine’s operating permit in court in Montana.
- E&E Greenwire reports a state judge yesterday ruled in favor of a Virginia uranium mining moratorium that has already survived scrutiny by the nation’s highest bench.
- Politico Pro reports the Pentagon is funding projects at three U.S. mines that could offer a fix to America’s dependence on rare earth minerals from China.
- Mining.com reports deep sea mining could hold the key to supporting minerals supply chains, but scientists are uncertain whether that should be done.
- E&E Greenwire and The Hill reports House Democrats today passed a $1.3 trillion spending package that puts them at odds with the Trump White House over Department of Energy funding priorities and would block permitting for the Pebble mine in Alaska.
- E&E News PM reports bipartisan legislation introduced in the House today would allow a direct payment option for the 45Q carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) tax credit.