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American Coal Council Statement on Paris Accord Withdrawal

C:\Users\thead\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\ACC Logo Balanced.jpgWASHINGTON DC (June 2, 2017) – The announcement by President Trump of the decision to withdraw from the Paris accord is consistent with his earlier statements of concern about the agreement. After meetings with the G7 last week and further consideration by his administration, he expressed continuing concern about the harm it would cause the United States.

President Trump put in context the staggering cost of the Paris accord to the U.S. economy which he estimated at $3 trillion, and the insignificant impact it would have on global carbon dioxide emissions.

The President made clear that the American people, the economy and jobs – including coal jobs – are his top priorities. The Paris accord would put America at a competitive disadvantage and our nation’s abundant energy resources under lock and key. He reiterated continuing plans to reduce job-killing regulations and bring jobs, plants and factories back.

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Trump celebrates coal mine opening in Pennsylvania

A new coal mine touted by President Trump held its grand opening Thursday in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Trump, who mentioned the mine last week in a speech announcing his withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement, recorded a video message for the opening ceremony for Corsa Coal Corporation’s Acosta Mine in Somerset County.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be speaking with you on this great, great day. The miners of Pennsylvania are mining coal again,” Trump said in the video shown at the event with miners, executives and dignitaries, according to the Tribune-Review.

“Washington may be 180 miles down the road, but I want you to know each and every day, I’m fighting for you and all the forgotten men and women of America,” he said.

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Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview Reaches Important Milestone with Release of Final EIS

Image result for Millennium Bulk Terminals-LongviewLONGVIEW, WA – Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview reached another significant milestone for its proposed coal export terminal today when Cowlitz County and Washington State's Department of Ecology (DOE) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The completion of the FEIS concludes a thorough independent Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) study, under a regulatory process that began in February 2012.

“Today we are celebrating the completion of another strong step forward,” said Bill Chapman, President and CEO of Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview. “This independent state study shows we can achieve our goals to bring more family-wage jobs to Longview while meeting the high standards for environmental protection in Cowlitz County and Washington State,” 

Facts and Figures:

• 2,650 direct and indirect jobs
• $680 million worth of private investment in Cowlitz County
• $43.1 million in state and local taxes during construction
• $5.4 million in state and local taxes each year when fully operational
• Supported by 15 labor unions and endorsed by Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce
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Steel, Rail & Coal Industries Will Be Watching U.S. Infrastructure Plans Closely

Image result for infrastructure graphicBy TREFIS TEAM, Contributor
- President Trump has embarked upon a renewed push for realizing a key campaign promise — the rebuilding of American infrastructure, focusing on transportation infrastructure. The President has outlined plans for a $1 trillion overhaul of U.S. transportation infrastructure. While the implementation of such a plan would certainly create jobs, the realization of this plan is by no means a given, with the issues of financing and legislative enactment of the infrastructure plan being major obstacles.

…While the infrastructure plan is far from a sure thing, the steel, coal and rail industries are no doubt watching closely. Significant infrastructure investments would boost the demand for steel in the U.S., and the stock prices of steel companies have risen considerably since Trump was elected, in anticipation of higher demand for steel driven by the proposed infrastructure plan as well as measures being taken to counteract pricing pressure from steel imports. These factors have spurred a recovery in steel prices, as illustrated by the following chart depicting our forecast for U.S. Steel’s flat-rolled steel realized prices.

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Coal Jobs Matter a Lot ... in Coal Country

BLOOMBERGTrump needs to come through on bringing coal jobs back to Appalachia
- You know the standard line these days on coal: It’s economically insignificant, employing fewer people nationwide than the Arby’s fast-food chain. It’s been on a long decline, pushed aside in electricity generation by cleaner natural gas and renewables. And it’s not coming back - people need to get over it and move on.

There’s something to these arguments. I’ve made versions of most of them in past columns. In May, coal mining companies employed only 51,000 people in the U.S. -- less than not only Arby’s but also Southwest Airlines, Morgan Stanley and Bed, Bath & Beyond (just to name a few corporations in a similar size range). That amounted to just 0.03 percent of total non-farm payroll employment, and while the coal industry creates jobs beyond just the companies digging for coal, it has clearly become a tiny factor in the overall labor market.

Some of that tininess is new, though: As recently as January 2012, coal mining employment was 89,700 - the highest it had been since the mid-1990s. And while even then coal mining didn’t amount to much on a national scale, it was quite significant in some of the states (Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois and Pennsylvania are the big five coal producers, in that order, and another 10 states produce in significant quantities) and especially the counties where it is mined. In the 10 counties with the most people working in coal mining in January 2012, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industry accounted for a much more noticeable 3.8 percent of payroll employment. Throw out the three largely urban counties with a lot of other stuff going on, and it’s up to 21.9 percent of employment. Coal mining pays a lot better than most of the other work one can find in a rural area, so its share of total wages was even higher: 39.4 percent in the first quarter of 2012.

C:\Users\thead\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.Word\ACC Logo Balanced.jpgEditor’s Note: The numbers reported by BLS appear to be extremely low, and leave out many categories of workers who should be counted as coal miners. An example of this disconnect is found in the direct numbers reported by mines to the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. Their data, published on page 73 of the 2015 Statistical Report and Directory of Mines, indicate that as of the beginning of 2016, West Virginia alone had more than 48,000 people working key coal mining and support roles. BLS, however, reported the number to be about 20,500 (including both mining and logging).  

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New Tech Could Bring Coal Power Roaring Back to Life


The Japanese are showcasing new technology that drastically cuts emissions and increases efficiency of coal-fired power plants, which could threaten the viability of importing natural gas.

Osaki CoolGen Project

A new experimental power plant in Osakikamijima burns coal under high temperatures to convert it into a gas, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 30 percent while also increasing plant efficiency. The project also has a fuel cell facility to extract hydrogen from gasified coal and force it to react with oxygen to generate power.

The new technology “ 30% more efficient in power generation than the most advanced coal-fired power generation plant in Japan and reduces the generation of CO2 by 30%,” Kenji Aiso, president of Osaki CoolGen which operates the plant, told the Nikkei Asian Review Tuesday. 

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EPA Chief: Climate pact should focus on exporting US technology

-The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Friday that the Trump administration will remain “engaged” in international climate talks following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told reporters at the White House that any future climate deal should focus on exporting United States technology to the rest of the world.

Pruitt’s comments came after numerous world leaders representing the European Union, Italy, Germany, France and other nations refused to renegotiate the Paris pact or sit down for a new agreement should Trump push to pursue one.

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Spring issue of the American Coal Magazine Now Available

WASHINGTON DC – The Spring 2017 issue of the American Coal magazine has been shipped and is now available. It has also been sent in a convenient email flip-book format suitable for your hand-held devices.

The new issue features articles from Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, writing about the importance of coal to the western states and the value of federal leasing for job creation.

Rep. Cheney is joined by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Janet Gellici of the National Coal Council, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority’s Jason Begger, Longview Power’s Jeff Keffer, and Jim Truman of Wood Mackenzie on topics ranging from steps Congress and states can take to prevent future wars on coal, development of carbon capture and use technologies, and the outlook for metallurgical coal.

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