Coal CEO Wants Court Date Moved So He Can Attend The RNC

WASHINGTON — Robert Murray, the chief executive of coal giant Murray Energy Corp., is suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency over new rules limiting emissions from power plants. But his lawyers have asked a federal judge to postpone his trial date so he can attend the Republican National Convention this July.

Global mercury emissions down 30 percent as coal use drops: USGS

WASHINGTON Global emissions of mercury from manmade sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Wednesday. The greatest decline of the toxic pollutant was in Europe and North America, offsetting increases in Asia, the agency said, citing an international study.

U.S. Announces Moratorium On New Coal Leases On Federal Lands

Citing concerns over pricing and pollution, the Obama administration is set to unveil a moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands Friday. The change won’t affect existing leases – which generated nearly $1.3 billion for the government last year.

Bid to mine more coal on U.S. federal lands tests Obama’s green agenda

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama’s State of the Union pledge to better manage fossil fuel development will face a test within days, when federal officials rule on whether to open public lands containing more than 600 million tons of coal to more mining. Interior Department officials are due to decide Jan.

U.S. taxpayer due to subsidize Koch-controlled coal mine

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The Obama administration is set to refund as much as $14 million in royalties to a coal company run by billionaire investor William Koch that says it is entitled to the money since the now-shut mine on federal land was costly to operate.

Obama wants to charge for climate change in fossil fuel leases

President Obama wants companies leasing oil and coal rights on federal land to pay more for the effects those fuels have on climate change. In his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama said the prices charged for oil and coal ought to reflect the cost of the greenhouse gases from burning them.

Arch Coal files for bankruptcy

Arch Coal Inc., one of the U.S.’s largest coal producers, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday in a bid to trim $4.5 billion in debt from its balance sheet to counter decreased demand and falling prices for its products. The St.

Vermont governor asks lawmakers to divest from coal, ExxonMobil

The governor of Vermont wants his state to end its investments in coal companies and oil giant ExxonMobile Corp. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) told lawmakers Friday in his State of the State address that climate change makes it even more important to move away from fossil fuels and investments in them.