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Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Montanans are gearing up for the latest round in the coal wars, with industry supporters trying to protect jobs while environmentalists seek a shift to renewable energy.

July 20, 2014 4:00 am Photos

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Delays plague Tongue River Railroad efforts

Delays plague Tongue River Railroad efforts

U.S. coal industry efforts to tap into the growing export market are struggling to gain traction, as bureaucratic hurdles and resistance from environmentalists slow proposed mines in the Northern Plains, ports on the West Coast and now a proposed coal railroad in Montana.

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Cordero Rojo mine to ship billionth ton of coal

GILLETTE, Wyo. — One of the largest coal mines in the U.S. is about to ship its billionth ton of coal.

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Coal still dominant in N.D. despite other sources

WILLISTON, N.D. — New Environmental Protection Agency regulations will likely not shake North Dakota's reliance on coal when they take effect.

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Guest opinion: Don't sell off Montana's future to China

There’s trouble brewing in Montana. People who don’t live here, and who don’t really care what happens to our state, are trying to take advantage of us. If we don’t speak up now, we’ll be paying the price for decades to come.

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Western governors' views on proposed EPA rules

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Ten western governors met Tuesday with Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, to talk about cleaner power plant rules proposed by the Obama administration — including cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from coal. A sampling of what some gove…

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Guest opinion: New EPA rules would hurt coal-producing states

The Obama administration unveiled new regulations on June 2 to restrict the amount of carbon dioxide produced by existing power plants. While we agree that America needs to balance energy needs with environmental concerns, the timing of this effort could hardly be worse for the struggling U.…

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Cloud Peak starts work on Crow coal reserve

Cloud Peak starts work on Crow coal reserve

A Wyoming coal company plans to begin exploratory drilling this week on a 1.4 billion ton coal reserve on the Crow Indian Reservation.

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Under attack, coal maintains its political muscle

Under attack, coal maintains its political muscle

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The coal industry is shedding thousands of jobs and facing the government's most severe crackdown on carbon emissions yet. But king coal still flexes its political muscle in Kentucky and West Virginia, where Republicans and even Democrats try to out-coal one another by cozyi…

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State faces environmental, traffic hurdles in Longview

CASPER, Wyo. — Now in the throes of election season, Gov. Matt Mead hit the campaign trail this week. But the governor, who faces two challengers in August’s Republican primary, did not shake hands in Cheyenne or pose for pictures in Sheridan.

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Mead concludes coal pitch in Washington

Mead concludes coal pitch in Washington

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposed $643 million coal export project is a good fit for the Longview-Kelso area, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said on the second day of his visit here to pitch the project.

June 05, 2014 7:47 am
Mead visits Longview to support coal terminal project

Mead visits Longview to support coal terminal project

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead visited Longview on Tuesday to support the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export dock, which would ship Wyoming and Montana coal to Asia.

June 04, 2014 8:41 pm Photos

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Rep Steve Daines

Rep Steve Daines

Don Sterhan, left, and Rep. Steve Daines chat before Daines’ press conference on Montana coal at the Billings Chamber of Commerce in Billings on Wednesday.

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Steve Daines

Steve Daines

Rep Steve Daines talks about Montana coal at the Billings Chamber of Commerce in Billings on Wednesday.

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Obama plan sets up coal as Montana campaign issue

Obama plan sets up coal as Montana campaign issue

President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution has opened a new front in Montana’s U.S. Senate race as the general election campaign kicks off between Democratic Sen. John Walsh and Republican Rep. Steve Daines.

June 04, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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CO2 rule meets quick resistance in Wyoming

CO2 rule meets quick resistance in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said Monday he will "fight for coal" if he has to amid proposed new regulations that would cut greenhouse emissions from power plants.

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Interactive: How much coal does the U.S. use?

Interactive: How much coal does the U.S. use?

Explore where reliance on coal-generated power is greatest in the U.S.

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Union workers worry as EPA prepares to regulate carbon emissions

Montana Energy Quarterly: Union workers worry as EPA prepares to regulate carbon emissions

The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant is back in operation with the completion of repairs to fix a burst steam tube that forced a plant shutdown last February.

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Expected federally set carbon limits already causing concern in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Anxiety reigns in Wyoming, America’s top coal-producing state, ahead of President Barack Obama’s expected announcement of new carbon dioxide limits for coal-fired power plants.

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Guest opinion: New thinking needed to solve energy problems

Albert Einstein said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

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