In the news today…
- E&E Daily reports a coal mine on the Navajo Nation has sat idle, with no reclamation accomplished since it ceased operations last August, according to the House Natural Resources Committee.
- S&P Global reports the U.S. coal sector is taking another beating as exports to two key markets, Asia and Europe, plunged in the first five months of this year.
- Politico Pro and E&E Climatewire report federal law enforcement officials charged Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and five lobbyists and advisers on Tuesday in a years-long bribery scheme aimed at securing a $1.3 billion bailout for an Ohio coal and nuclear power company.
- Argus reports generators in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) footprint dispatched more coal-fired power than any other fuel last week for the first time this year.
- E&E Daily reports an assortment of interests are stepping up pressure on Capitol Hill to include assistance for struggling clean energy sectors in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package that lawmakers are hoping to enact in the coming weeks.
- Politico Pro reports a coalition of 21 Democratic attorneys general filed a suit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over its rule to limit states’ authority to use environmental concerns to block pipelines, coal export terminals, dams and other infrastructure projects.
- Politico Pro reports there are signs China is falling back on its old playbook of pumping cheap credit into fossil-fuel heavy energy projects like coal to help the economy recover from a historic first quarter contraction.