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Coal decline hits fuel's Western stronghold

Deseret News -- SHERIDAN, Wyo. — Hundreds of millions of tons of coal, packed into seams up to 60 feet thick, are still to be had beneath the rock-strewn hillsides speckled with snow that rise up along the remote Montana-Wyoming border.

Yet for Mike Cooley, the days of drilling explosives into the ground to blast the fuel from the earth are over, long before he ever expected. The 41-year-old thought his job as a "powderman" at the Decker strip mine would take him into retirement.

Now he's looking for new work, after he and 58 other miners were laid off from Decker in recent weeks to add to several hundred jobs reported lost in the past year from the nation's largest coal-producing region.

As a dispute over West Coast ports hobbles the industry's ability to reach booming markets in Asia, cheap nat


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52MPG
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It all comes down to Economics.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:50:25 PM

Another case of legitimate markets being hampered by bottlenecks. Too bad coal can't be piped.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:39:18 PM

Booming markets in Asia, will probably be drying up! China's gov't has officially admitted that they now have a serious air quality problem! The recent smog in Beijing and elsewhere in China, where the air was so thick with particulates, that they now, must admit it is killing their people! They are demanding cleaner air, suspect this will no longer be fueled by cheap dirty coal, but by natural gas!
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They can thank Obama
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Ralph Charcoal is made with wood and has no coal in it.
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KMA Washington. Bought and paid for, you are.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 12:45:12 PM

Politics
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 12:40:56 PM

Why is the United States so behind the times on coal production?
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I prefer to grill with coal instead of propane. Matter of fact, I'm a better cook using charcoal instead of gas.
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Its called cheaper natural gas that is also better for the enviroment!
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watch and see.
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it may be painful, but you gotta change with the times.
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And the people are breathing cleaner air.
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No $3.50 diesel has killed coal. That adds roughly $17.50/ton to the cost of mining and shipping Wyoming/Montana coal and the mines have all ready "high graded" the cheapest coal to mine. CPS San Antonio figures that the price of diesel would have to drop $2/gallon to make coal price competitive with natural gas as a fuel. That doesn't consider environmental costs. Coal is dead with sub $5 natural gas regardless of environmental regulations. Remember coal plants need 10,000 btus/kwh vs 6500-7200 btus per kwh for NG. Efficiency is the name of the game and coal can never catch up.

[Edited by: nsdp at 1/26/2013 11:57:56 AM EST]
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Here we see again, another example of where its clear that the Politicians control it all. They are not on our side. A 5+ year delay on things, the article states towards the end due to this BS:

"But Ambre's plans to build and expand West Coast ports to load the fuel onto ships have become entangled in political opposition and bureaucratic red tape, forcing the company to push back its timeline to begin operating."

That about sums it up. Same crap is going on in the Fracking Industry. Misinformation is all over the place. We've become the land of the fooled vs free. You can bet your paycheck that this current administration WANTS it this way.

~ DrillintheUSA ~
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drillintheUSA
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+1 enviroChemist:)
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One promise Oboy made, and has fulfilled, kill the coal industry.
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nat gas rocks!
the coal isn't going anywhere. who knows, maybe some day we'll be more responsible?
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it is a shame that politics are setting them up to fail
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"Driven by Asian demand, experts say, coal is projected to challenge oil as the world's top energy source within the next four years. The sole exception will be in the U.S."

Thanks Obozo, for killing a source of cheap energy availlable to Americans and more American Jobs
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Interesting
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Thanks to this administration for killing coal jobs....
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With changes there is also a cost. By changes to energy alternatives and other fossil fuels, the other fuels once used, like coal, is going to cost a number of people things. This is a bad time for unemployment.
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yes
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Keep us posted
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Too much big government intervention
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Coal is cheap and there's plenty of it.
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Regime doing what they promise to cosl industry, destroy it!!!!!!
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Coal was the cheapest energy source, until the Obumer set his sites on it.
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Again, Too much government in our private lives.
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Wow! 58 more out of job.
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Clean coal; lovely oxymoron. Time for coal to join the whale oil industry and the buggy whip manufacturers association as historical relics from the past before we knew better.
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Aother of the many reasons that Obama is killing this Country
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We need to find another way to use coal.
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More job losses due to Government policies and intervention!!
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Nothing new here. Obama promised this, at least he is keeping that promise.
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One of our richest sources of energy, vilified by Obama.
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We need more coal dust!
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Another example of the EPA and bureaucrats killing jobs and industries in the US. The market is crying for coal and we can't supply because of lack of port capacity.
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you want clean air, you have to sacrifice something.
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Who wants beautiful snow covered mountain tops?? Black is better?
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Thanks to Obama.
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This was promised to use over four years ago and we voted for it. We got what we asked for.
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What is stoppiong this deal is the "PEOPLE" of Washington and Oregon don't want to trade miles of shoreline now used for recreation and parks for coal ports that will end up shipping a product to Asia that will end up being detrimental to our air quality here and also make global warming even worse than it is now. I feel sorry for those who may lose their jobs but we need to move forward, not backwards.
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sad
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 7:15:57 AM

Unfortunate for miners in those areas, but it is an economic reality when markets shift

Haven't there been more jobs created by Natural Gas exploration and extraction than those lost in the coal industry which was already in decline ?

Hope all the coal mining employees can be placed in equivalent income producing jobs soon.

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Go to the fracking industry...
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Yup
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Another 4 years of Obama and there will be even less of a coal industry than there is now. His war on coal is well documented.
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