Coal Industry

New Study Says Pace of Coal Plant Closures Insufficient to Stop Climate Change

Mar 22, 2018
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Coal plant closures are expected to outpace new construction for the first time in the modern era by 2022, but that still might not be enough to meet international emission reduction goals intended to fend off the worst anticipated impacts of climate change.

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On this West Virginia Morning, coal retirees are joining forces on a bill with teamsters, iron workers and other unions in an effort to shore up ailing pension plans. Democrats want to see retirement benefits included in the omnibus spending bill needed to prevent a government shutdown.

As Becca Schimmel reports, 43,000 retired miners in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia depend on a pension plan that could be at risk without congressional action.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to end the Clean Power Plan is the Trump administration’s latest attempt to support the struggling coal industry. The Department of Energy is also pushing a new way to subsidize coal power. But as Glynis Board reports, a new study suggests that market forces -- not regulations -- will still make more coal power plants in the region vulnerable.

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Several organizations throughout Appalachia will see federal grant money. Funds are designed to help strengthen coal-impacted economies.

 

The Appalachian Regional Commission announced nearly $2 million additional dollars this week for regions in Appalachia that have been affected by job losses related to the declining coal industry.

 

West Virginia Governor's Office

Gov. Jim Justice released a letter to state employees about his efforts to separate himself from his business dealings while in office.

The letter issued Monday came after an editorial in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that said many state employees may have a difficult time performing their jobs knowing Justice has holdings in many industries, including his coal mines in southern West Virginia, that are inspected by state-employed mine safety officials.

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State officials expect a $353 million deficit for the current budget year as revenues from unearthing coal, oil and natural gas continue to drop.

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The unincorporated town of Comfort, West Virginia, is made up of two gas stations and an elementary school. All three sit along a winding, two lane road that on any given day is peppered with trucks carry loads of coal. Coal they picked up at the Kanawha Eagle mining complex a few hundred feet down the road, but the last several years have been tough for the industry and now fewer and fewer of those trucks roll through. 

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On West Virginia Morning, everyone will have a chance to review and comment on the state’s education standards on a new website.  Ashton Marra has that story.  And Liz McCormick reports on the All Good Music Festival which is returning to West Virginia today.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.