NEWS: How coal, energy could tip the scales for presidential candidates in battleground states

Amy Joi O’Donoghue August 1, 2016 The Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — A national trade organization said Utah is among 13 key battleground states where the bid for the White House should factor in the “political importance” of coal-fired electrical generation and its continuing role in the nation. “It …

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NEWS: Oakland proposes ban on coal handling — potentially derailing Utah port investment

Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune June 24, 2016 Citing potential impacts of coal dust on public health and safety, Oakland city staffers are recommending that elected leaders of this Bay Area city ban coal storage, effectively derailing Utah’s hopes of moving its coal through an export terminal proposed for a …

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NEWS: Groups demand federal probe into Utah role in coal port

Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune June 20, 2016 Several environmental groups on Monday sent a joint letter to federal authorities asking them to investigate Utah’s plan to sink $53 million of federal mineral royalties — revenue that should be dedicated to local public works projects — into a deepwater terminal …

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Op-Ed: In our opinion: Transitioning from coal to solar — Utah in the crosshairs

Deseret News Editorial May 31, 2016 Deseret News A public meeting this month on plans to adjust the manner in which federal coal mining leases are managed drew protests from miners and others who say the government has an agenda to destroy the coal industry. The same week, state officials …

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NEWS: Miners fear federal coal reforms jeopardize rural Utah

Brian Maffly The Salt Lake TribuneMarch 19 2016 The nation’s emotion-fueled debate over coal mining’s future passed through Salt Lake City on Thursday, when federal officials hosted a listening session to gather comments that will guide broad reforms for how federal coal is managed. As far as miner Jason Nichols …

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Episode #40: Gary Sernovitz, “The Green and the Black”

Sernovitz talks to Matt about his new book, The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy. A self-proclaimed “liberal oilman,” Sernovitz mounts a strong defense of fracking (see a NY Times op-ed he wrote here), arguing that replacing …

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