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“China is in the midst of a coal build-

ing boom.

As of late last year, the coun-

try had nearly 150 gigawatts worth of

coal power plants in the development

pipeline, roughly equal to the European

Union’s total capacity, according to Glob-

al Energy Monitor. The plants can oper-

ate for 60 years or more, so anything

built today could continue pumping out

greenhouse gases for decades beyond

the 2060 deadline.”

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“There are three major areas where

DOE (The Department of Energy) is

investing to help secure a place for

Appalachian coal in America’s energy


The first is DOE’s Coal (Flexible,

Innovative, Resilient, Small and Trans-

formative) FIRST initiative -- DOE-led

research and development will enable

coal power plants of the future to pro-

duce zero, or even net-negative, carbon

emissions, while operating more reliably

and enabling quick and flexible delivery

of electricity. In addition, Coal FIRST is

developing technologies to convert coal

to hydrogen, which could make coal

power generation’s carbon emissions

net-negative and can be used for elec-

tricity generation and transportation, or

be stored for later use. The second is

the development of carbon capture, use,

and storage technology. DOE’s carbon

utilization investments are making sig-

nificant advancements in turning carbon

dioxide, from coal and other sources, into

high-value products such as plastic. DOE

is investing in the rapidly evolving “coal-

to-products” industry, which will use the

value of carbon to expand the coal value

chain. NETL reports high-value products

like building material, carbon fiber, and

3D printing materials from coal feed-

stocks. Underway are efforts to extract

critical minerals to make high-tech prod-

ucts, batteries, and critical defense infra-

structure from coal and its byproducts.

—Dan Brouillette, United States

Secretary of Energy.

“Given a chance to compete, don’t

count out the coal industry or coal


The coal fleet remains the over-

looked and undervalued foundation of

the nation’s electricity grid, underpinning

affordability, reliability, and fuel security

across the country. When coal genera-

tion comes to the rescue this winter to

keep the lights on, let’s hope The New

York Times can spare a few thousand

words to tell that story. We know a few

miners who’d like to help.”

– Count on Coal.

“Today’s action ends prior overreach

that eroded the primacy of the states

under SMCRA. Outdated regulations

previously resulted in both an unneces-

sary duplication of efforts between state

and federal authorities, and an improper

weaponization of the process, pitting

state regulatory authorities against their

federal counterparts with mining opera-

tors finding themselves in the middle.

These changes better align the regu-

lations with the true statutory intent of

SMCRA, which is to provide the states

with exclusive authority to regulate coal

mining under a state program that is ap-

proved by the Secretary of the Interior.

This kind of regulatory clarity will ensure

that the coal industry – which provides

affordable energy for Americans who

have been hit so hard this past year, and

is vital for the steelmaking that will be in

high demand for infrastructure projects –

is able to support our nation’s economic

recovery post-pandemic.”

Rich Nolan, President and CEO of the

National Mining Association (NMA), is-

sued the above statement on the Office

of Surface Mining Reclamation and En-

forcement’s (OSM) revisions to ten-day

notice (TDN) regulations under the Sur-

face Mining Control and Reclamation Act