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“The short-term outlook continues to

see natural gas gaining in its share

of electric power generation.

With a

warmer summer expected in 2018, EIA

expects electric generation from June

through August to top last year’s levels

by more than 2 percent. Of total electri-

cal generation over the summer, natural

gas will account for 36 percent, 2 percent

higher than last year, while coal’s share

will drop by 2 percent to 30 percent.”







courted coal min-

ers and cast doubt

on whether fossils

fuel contribute to

climate change, but

that hasn’t translat-

ed into hostility for

renewable energy – particularly off-

shore wind.

The administration is look-

ing to renewable energy sources to help

create energy dominance that will guar-

antee America is a leading global energy

exporter and can’t be held hostage by

foreign energy-producing powers. On

designated federal lands and offshore,

this means an equal opportunity for all

sources of responsible energy develop-

ment, from fossil fuels to the full range

of renewables. As we look to the future,

wind energy -- particularly offshore wind

-- will play a greater role in sustaining

American energy dominance.”

– Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

“We’re dealing with

folks whose inter-

ests for the country,

we believe, are much

more aligned with

our interests, which


Let’s encourage

investment; let’s use

our energy resources

responsibly as possible for the benefit

of the public as well as the world; let’s

use our metals and minerals resources

as well so we’re less dependent on for-

eign sources. Their focus is very much

aligned with us and what we contribute

to the country and society. The mining

of coal, metals and minerals brings the

US cheap energy and commodities that

fuel the economy, along with good paying

jobs and other benefits.”

– Hal Quinn, president, National Mining


“Coal is on an upward swing after the

challenges of the global financial cri-

sis of 2007.

What’s happened over the

last 18 months is the industry is really

gathering itself together. New mines are

opening up, new mining proposals are on

the table, and mines that were in ‘care

and maintenance’ have been revamped

and are producing again. The reality

is there are hundreds of new coal-fired

power stations coming online in Asia

over the coming years. These countries

are going to be using coal for a long,

long time. We’ve been using coal for a

long, long time. Third world countries

are hellbent on bringing their countries

and their societies up to the level that

we’re on. They want what we’ve got and

I don’t blame them. We can’t deny them

that. They’re going to use coal for every-

thing from running water and sewerage

to lights, and coal will continue to be the

“Our job is not to co-

erce markets. Our job is

not to come in and say

this type of fuel is good

or this fuel is not good.

The EPA’s regulations and

guidelines should follow

behind industry choices,

not dictate them. What we

are in the process of doing is providing regulatory certainty. Then we need to look

forward and say what authority do we have. We cannot allow this incredible resource

to be stranded in the ground. There is just so much energy here.”

–(l to r) Sen. John Barrasso, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Sen. Mike Enzi.

future for power generation across Asia

and India.”

–Kenny Barry, project manager, Wallarah

2 project manager.

“While America chases windmill

dreams and solar powered night-

mares the rest of the world is run-

ning on coal.

That’s good news for the

US because we just happen to have the

largest coal reserves in the world. World-

wide coal demand is surging and it ap-

pears the reports of the American coal

industry’s death were greatly exagger-

ated. Contrary to the liberal narrative of

a global downturn, the US coal industry

has been making a comeback under

the Trump administration. According to

the Energy Information Administration’s

newest numbers, American coal exports

rose 61 percent in 2017. This resurgence

is being fueled largely by a growing de-

mand in Asia. Major Asian economies

like Japan, South Korea and India have

growing appetites for coal, and Asia ac-

counts for 85 percent of new coal power

development in the world’s top 20 coal

producing countries.”

– Steve Sherman, Townhall

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