Blame government, not the market, for dwindling coal industry

Blame government, not the market, for dwindling coal industry

By Issac Orr / Heartland Institute Renewable energy advocates free and competitive markets are to blame for coal-fired power plants being replaced by natural gas and wind generation. The problem is, there is no such thing as “free-market electricity generation,” because electricity markets are warped by a series of state and federal government policies. These market-distorting policies include […]

Navajo plant gives Donald Trump chance to save coal industry

Navajo plant gives Donald Trump chance to save coal industry

An aging power plant in remote Arizona could offer the Trump administration a unique opportunity: the chance to back up its rhetoric about saving the U.S. coal industry with concrete action. The federal government could be the last, best hope to save the Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired facility on Navajo Nation land near the […]

The real cause to destructive forest fires in the West

The real cause to destructive forest fires in the West

Paul Driessen / Heartland Institute First the Obama EPA came for coal mines, coal-fired power plants, miners, workers, investors, and all who depend on reliable, affordable electricity. Then the EPA, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other agencies came after oil and gas drilling and fracking, and the workers, industries and families that need […]

Heartland Institute experts blast EPA’s Methane Rule

Heartland Institute experts blast EPA’s Methane Rule

From the Heartland Institute The Environmental Protection Agency today released its new standards to cut methane emissions from both new and existing sources in the oil and gas sector. This is part of President Barack Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” and aims to cut methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. […]

Obama halts new coal mining leases on federal land

Obama halts new coal mining leases on federal land

By Bonner R. Cohen / Heartland Institute In a move seen by many critics of President Barack Obama as a continuation of his administration’s “war on coal,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell ordered a three-year moratorium on new coal leases on federal land. Existing coal leases on public land would not be affected by the rule. […]