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Rural Blog: Study shows how coal’s fall has hurt Appalachian suppliers, may threaten rail network

A 45 percent drop in Appalachia’s coal production from 2005 to 2015 has put other industries in the region at risk, says a study commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Tennessee and identified the “coal industry ecosystem” in the region, mainly the industry’s supply chain of goods and services. “As...

Rural Blog: Appalachian coal production, jobs at lowest levels on record, EIA report says

Coal production in the U.S. has reached its lowest level since 1986, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The region hit the hardest is Appalachia, where production is at its lowest level since 1978, the year EIA began collecting data, Jodi Delapaz reports for Agri-Pulse. (EIA graphic: Average number of employees by mine type) Coal production in 2015 was down 10.3 percent...

Bill Straub: Coal’s demise is no surprise, yet Mitch McConnell’s false prophecies still poisoning debate

Captain Nemo would have to pilot the Nautilus significantly lower than 20,000 leagues if he ever wanted to plumb the depths of the unholy cynicism constantly being provided by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. It appears the senator’s plan for dealing with the hazards associated with global climate change is very simple – burn more coal. Now to some that may sound like ordering the dam...