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Trump tells ‘dreamers’ to rest easy, targets criminals 22.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally can “rest easy,” President Donald Trump says, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview Friday with The Associated Press, said his administration is “not after the […]
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Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners’ benefits 22.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state Democrats threatened to shut down the government over the issue in December, but they […]
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Report: Trump may 'do little' to revive coal 20.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Trump administration policies to revive the struggling coal industry may “do little” to restore coal-mining jobs in Utah, the Utah Foundation reported Wednesday. In the second of a series of three reports on Utah’s coal industry, the nonpartisan public-policy research organization determined that political changes will not reverse decades of decline due to a shrinking demand for coal and worker-replacing technology, such as voracious longwall mining machines. Foundation report author Shawn Teige...
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The Trump Administration Is Apparently Terrified of Actually Making a Decision About Paris 20.4.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Donald Trump's aides have abruptly postponed a meeting to determine whether the US should remain in the Paris climate agreement , with an unlikely coalition of fossil fuel firms, environmental groups and some Republicans calling on the president to stick with the deal. Trump's top advisers were set to meet on Tuesday to provide the president with a recommendation ahead of a G7 meeting in May. However, a White House official said the meeting had been postponed due to conflicting schedules. It is unclear when it will now take place. Trump has already signed executive orders to start the demolition of the clean power plan, throw open federal land to coal mining, and halt new vehicle emissions standards but has so far not acted on his campaign pledge to "cancel" the Paris compromise . His aides are understood to be split on whether the US should stay in the voluntary agreement, which was ...
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Coal museum sees future in alternative fuels; Trump does not 20.4.2017 Seattle Times: Opinion

While Trump suggests boosting the coal industry, columnist Thomas Friedman notes that a coal museum is using solar to save money.
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Top Trump advisers at odds over Paris climate deal 19.4.2017 Washington Post
The White House postponed a meeting Tuesday to hash out differences over whether to stay in — or ditch — the deal.
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EPA seeks to derail cleanup of coal power plant pollution 19.4.2017 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants....
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Briefs: Savage, Rubi Life, business school 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Savage buys two Virginia companies that process coal ash Savage, an industrial-services company in Salt Lake City, has bought two Virginia environmental reclamation and fuel-supply businesses. Terms were not disclosed in Savage’s April 1 purchase of Gobco, LLC and Power Fuels, LLC. Gobco removes piles of waste-coal from abandoned mines and restores impacted lands, streams and forests. The waste coal is then taken to a Power Fuels terminal, where it is blended with commercial coal and used to ge... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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How about turning a coal mine into a solar farm? 19.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Frankfort, Ky. • A former strip mine would be converted into a solar farm under a proposal announced Tuesday by an Appalachian coal company that says it wants to place hundreds of thousands of panels in the Kentucky mountains. The Berkeley Energy Group, EDF Renewable Energy and former Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen said they are looking at two mountaintop removal sites just outside of Pikeville in the heart of Kentucky’s coal country. It’s the latest example of efforts to diversify the ene...
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What to do with a former coal mine? Make it a solar farm 18.4.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An Appalachian coal company wants to turn one of its former strip mines into a solar farm. The Berkeley Energy Group, EDF Renewable Energy and former state Auditor Adam Edelen announced Tuesday they are looking at two mountaintop removal sites just outside of Pikeville in the heart of Kentucky’s coal country. […]
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Why don’t all jobs matter? 17.4.2017 Seattle Times: Opinion

Even as Trump was boasting about saving a few hundred jobs in manufacturing here and there, Macy’s announced plans to close 68 stores and lay off 10,000 workers.
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The War on Regulation 17.4.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here .  A cornerstone of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign was his declaration of war on regulation and the agencies that write it. He has promised repeatedly to get rid of 75 percent of rules now on the books. More recently, Steve Bannon, the chief policy guru in the Trump White House, defined the mission of the war more accurately as “deconstruction of the administrative state.”  Ten days after taking office, Trump issued an executive order to accomplish his regulatory pledge by requiring agencies to kill two rules for every new one they propose, and has held a press event to announce further attacks almost every day. Another major tool is the legislative veto of so-called “midnight” rules issued by the Obama administration in its last five months in office and the passage of “regulatory reform” legislation that would make future rulemaking very difficult. All of these changes are a dream come true for ...
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More coal is rolling out of the pro-Trump Western Slope, but is it adding up to any jobs? 16.4.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Two coal trains a day are rolling out of the North Fork valley destined for the foreign market, but laid-off miners aren't being called back to work.
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Going Solar in West Virginia 14.4.2017 American Prospect
The only reminder Robert Atkins has of his coal days are a hardhat and a heart-shaped scar on his right hand, a souvenir from a voltage explosion in the mines. Starting right out of high school with a shovel and sledgehammer, Atkins was pulling down a six-figure income by the time he was 23, working 70-hour weeks in the mines as an underground electrician. He didn’t imagine that in just four years he’d be laid off, with a newborn daughter to take care of. Much less that soon after, he’d be a crew chief overseeing solar panel installations. “If you’d told me I’d be working in solar, I would’ve never believed you,” Atkins says. “I always thought I’d bounce from coal job to coal job until all the mines closed and I had to leave.” Atkins is one of a small but growing number of West Virginians who’ve said goodbye to coal mining and who’ve staked their future on an industry still distinctly out of place in the state: solar power. West Virginia’s government makes no major investments in commercial solar ...
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EPA head tells coal miners 'regulatory assault is over' 14.4.2017 AP Business
SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the &quot;regulatory assault&quot; on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business....
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EPA to coal miners: 'regulatory assault is over' 14.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Sycamore, Pa. • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told dozens of Pennsylvania coal miners Thursday that the “regulatory assault” on their industry is over, and that the environment can be protected without hurting business. “We’re going to do it the American way, grow jobs and show the rest of the world how it’s done,” Pruitt said before going on a mine tour about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. “The regulatory assault is over,” he said, referring to tightened environmenta...
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In coal country, environmental regulations are creating jobs 13.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Though President Trump speaks about how environmental regulations kill jobs, in some areas, the regulations help create them. In coal country, restoring streams is steady work.
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EPA head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’ 13.4.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SYCAMORE, Pa. (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told workers at the nation’s largest underground coal mining complex the “regulatory assault” on the coal industry is over. He was referring to tightened regulatory standards under former President Barack Obama that are being rolled back by President Donald Trump under an executive order […]
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'Saturday Night Live' returns with Alec Baldwin as Trump and Bill O'Reilly 9.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

“Saturday Night Live” returned this weekend after a three-week break. Comedian Louis C.K. served as host while the band The Chainsmokers were musical guests.

But perhaps all anyone will be talking about is Alec Baldwin’s political commentary in the form of his 15th and 16th times on the show as...

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Nuclear plant owners expand search for rescue to more states 9.4.2017 AP Business
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The natural gas boom that has hammered coal mines and driven down utility bills is hitting nuclear power plants, sending multi-billion-dollar energy companies in search of a financial rescue in states where competitive electricity markets have compounded the effect....
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