The Associated Press reports that a Utah cooperative has enough power-purchase agreements to begin pursuing a license for what would be the first small modular reactor in the U.S.
Have you noticed that every time the weather changes for the worse, “climate change” is to blame? If it floods, it’s due to climate change. If there is a drought, it’s due to climate change. If it’s extremely hot, it’s due to climate change. If it’s extremely cold, it’s due to climate change.
Well, Scott Adams is a great satirist, and below is his hilarious take on the climate change hysteria. Enjoy (click on image to enlarge)!
Thanks to the The Southern Illinoisan for publishing my new op-ed on the challenges of delivering reliable power during times of peak usage in the Summer. These challenges are the result of the retirement of base load coal and nuclear plants coupled with the increasing reliance on intermittent wind and solar energy.
In the news today…
- The Farmington Daily Times reports the governor of New Mexico is committing $40 million in assistance to San Juan County, the Navajo Nation and displaced workers if the San Juan Generating Station closes in 2022.
- Yale Climate Connections carries an op-ed in which the author argues that economics, not regulation, is the reason coal is in decline.
- The Casper Star Tribune reports Blackjewel has yet to finalize a new financing proposal that would bring its coal mines back to full operation.
- E&E News PM reports looming economic threats face 26 U.S. counties that are “coal-mining dependent” according to a new report.
- The Ohio Valley Resource reports declining coal tax revenues place coal-reliant counties in Appalachia at risk of fiscal collapse, according to new research.
- S&P Global reports power plant owners with plans to retire the most coal-fired capacity in the next several years said they would not change course based on the Trump administration’s ACE rule.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a Department of the Air Force request for information concerning the capacity and processing capabilities of the domestic rare earth mining industry could boost U.S. production.
- The Hill carries an op-ed in which the author argues that those who oppose the proposed Twin Metals Minnesota mine do not have the facts to back up their position since a formal proposal has yet to be submitted.
- E&E Greenwire reports two uranium mining companies have hired the same lobbying firm in their fight for domestic uranium trade protections.
- Enter Stage Right carries an op-ed by Paul Driessen and Ned Mamula who argue that vital minerals are available in the U.S. and permitting laws should be streamlined to encourage domestic mining.
- Politico Pro and Inside EPA report EPA has sent its final rule to repeal the WOTUS rule to the White House for interagency review.
- E&E Daily reports Sen. Rand Paul has revived a legislative package that would reduce the reach of EPA’s New Source Review permitting program for power plants and other industrial facilities.
- E&E Energywire reports a coalition of power industry groups launched a legal fight over a federal regulation opening wholesale electricity markets to energy storage technologies like batteries.
- Reuters reports China’s coal output for June hit a record high as miners ramped up production to ensure supply ahead of peak summer demand for electricity.
In the news today…
- The Washington Post reports black lung disease is on the rise and that the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund is on unstable ground.
- The Journal reports the public comment period on the environmental analysis concerning the expansion of the Hesperus coal mine in Colorado is now open.
- The Lexington Herald-Leader carries an editorial in which the author argues that the coal industry is hurting its workers as it struggles to stay afloat.
- The Associated Press reports New Mexico regulators have decided on a course for how they will handle the closure of the San Juan Generating Station.
- Argus reports DOE has selected six projects to receive more than $14 million in federal funding to develop new coal-fired power plant technology.
- Bloomberg Environment reports coal-fired utilities aren’t getting the flexibility they had hoped for in the ACE rule.
- Utility Dive reports Sen. Bill Cassidy has asked DOE to focus on carbon capture efforts for natural gas instead of coal and is co-sponsoring a bill to that effect.
In the news today…
- The Casper Star Tribune runs an editorial which argues that Blackjewel owes an explanation to its workers and Wyoming over the sudden closure of two coal mines.
- The Lexington Herald Leader reports a former employee filed a class action lawsuit against Blackjewel for breaking federal labor law regarding wages and benefits.
- Vox carries an editorial which argues that the coal industry is drying up in both Appalachia and Wyoming and that the coal workers are being left behind.
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports a federal appeals court in Cincinnati has ruled in favor of union power plant workers, supporting their claim for $5.5 million in back wages.
- Reuters reports at least half of the Democrats running for president have said they were interested in UMWA’s invitation to tour underground coal mines and speak with miners about the future of coal.
- The Environmental Working Group carries an editorial which argues that efforts to help the coal industry are futile and states should stop passing legislation to prop up coal and instead focus on transition funding.
- Argus reports U.S. generators will use less coal for the rest of this year than expected because of low gas prices and increased renewable supply.
- E&E Energywire reports BLM’s Colorado office is holding two hearings for coal mine expansions on the same day, which environmentalists claim was planned to stop public commentators from being present at both meetings.
- The Nevada Current carries an editorial which argues that Nevada’s mining tax policy for minerals is a farce and needs to be reformed.
- E&E Energywire reports a report by Greenpeace finds that deep-sea mining for minerals risks severe damage to the environment and suggests recycling minerals as an option for minerals supply in products like electric cars.
In the news today and from the weekend…
Rare Earth Metals:
- DefenseNews carries an op-ed by Jeff Green, president of the J.A. Green & Company government relations firm, in which he comments on China’s threatened restriction of rare earths to U.S. defense contractors and argues this has been a security vulnerability for years.
- InsideEPA reports EPA is only projecting small cuts in greenhouse gases from the ACE rule but is confident about the utility sector’s market-based shift toward lower emitting sources.
- InsideEPA reports EPA critics are questioning EPA’s cost-benefit analysis for its ACE rule, charging that the agency’s official projections of modest benefits could be inflated and the rule might even result in higher carbon emissions.
- Washington Examiner reports Democrats are calling for a “just transition” of coal miners to other professions in the wake of Blackjewel LLC filing for bankruptcy.
- The Lexington Herald Leader reports Blackjewel will not be reimbursing miners’ paychecks until the company can resume its normal operations.
- WVPB reports a federal bankruptcy court has granted a request by Blackjewel to borrow $5 million to stay afloat on the condition that its president and CEO, Jeff Hoops, resigns.
- Washington Examiner reports House lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill to support carbon capture research.
- E&E Greenwire reports EPA plans to overhaul the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program in the coming months.
- E&E Energywire reports new CEQ guidance rolling back key elements of an Obama-era instruction document could open legal vulnerabilities in NEPA reviews.
- Axios reports the president will give a speech on his administration’s environmental efforts today; this is viewed as odd by many given his track record repealing environmental regulations.
In the news today…
- E&E Greenwire and Politico Pro report investigators found no evidence that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pushed NMA to weigh in against the Paris Agreement, although testimony from witnesses was conflicting.
- Politico Pro reports EPA said it has “concerns” about the Pebble Mine’s environmental impacts and criticized the Army Corps of Engineers’ environmental review as lacking critical information about the planned Alaskan copper and gold mine.
- Inside EPA reports EPA is proposing to decline financial responsibility requirements for the electric power generator sector under the Superfund law, saying the existing regulation of coal combustion residuals (CCR), the financial stability of the sector and other factors suggest a low level of risk that does not warrant a mandatory federal regulatory requirement.
- The Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) carries an op-ed from Chuck Laine in which he argues EPA’s ACE rule will help reduce emissions and hold down energy costs.
- US News reports tribal nations and environmental groups are afraid of a possible reversal of a ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
- The Hill reports 700 workers will be sent home when two Wyoming coal mines close due to bankruptcy.
- E&E Climatewire reports the Powder River Basin has seen extreme lows, despite it supplying 40 percent of the nation’s coal today.
- E&E Energywire reports New Mexico’s biggest utility wants to replace its stake in two coal-fired power plants with natural gas fueled plants.