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Capozzola: Obama Issues Last-Minute Rule, Wants to Finish Off U.S. Coal Industry

The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) is out with a broad new “stream rule” that could potentially designate as much as two-thirds of U.S. coal reserves off-limits to mining. In fact, a study of the rule suggests that at least one-third of America’s remaining coal jobs could be put at risk due to the restrictive nature of the rule.

U.S. President Barack Obama waves before is goes to board Air Force One as he departs following talks with European leaders on November 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Obama is on his last trip to Europe as U.S. President. (Photo by

Obama Downplays Trump Trade Agenda—Despite Making Similar Promises in 2008

As candidate Obama grasped in 2008, the United States possesses bargaining power when it comes to trade negotiations. And so, not only has President Obama failed to utilize such an advantage during his own presidency, but he’s now preemptively weakening the hand of the incoming president.

A group of coal miners wave signs for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as they wait for a rally in Charleston, W.Va., Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Obama Administration Announces Handout to Coal Communities as Election Looms

With the plight of coal communities suddenly factoring in a tight election, however, the Obama Administration made a curious announcement: it will ring up “nearly $28 million in investments to grow the economy in the nation’s coal-impacted communities.” The new package is intended to complement a previous $38.8 million package for coal communities announced in August.

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CNBC Misleads on Renewable Energy

A CNBC story says: “Renewable energy moved past coal in 2015 to become the biggest source of global electricity capacity.” The key word there is “capacity.”

Stablemen warm theirselves by burning horse excrement while waiting for customers at the famed tourist attraction Jiayuguan Pass, in China's northwestern province of Gansu, 13 October 2005. A yawning gap between rich and poor in China is seriously threatening social stability, the United Nations said in a report on December …

In Defense of Gas and Coal for the Developing World

Part of what makes First World living so easy by comparison to the Third World is ready access to electricity. Food is refrigerated, houses are heated. Faucets deliver clean, treated water. Waste and sewage disappear through underground plumbing.

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Climate Alarmists Gain Stature by Demonizing Opponents

The presumption seems to be that as long as one actively embraces and promotes the theory of man-made global warming, that person is absolved of guilt in the matter. Such people have shown themselves to be loyal to the climate cause. They can rest easy because they’re involved, they’re doing something.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., presides over a subcommittee hearing Dec. 9, 2014.

Is it Hypocrisy or Ignorance that Drives Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse?

Sheldon Whitehouse’s Rhode Island constituents are currently benefiting from these same fossil fuels. In recent Facebook posts, Whitehouse has been quick to celebrate the shipping, construction, and manufacturing projects that are now bringing good-paying jobs to Rhode Island. It appears, however, that Whitehouse either doesn’t recognize, or willfully disregards, the obvious linkage between fossil fuels and these industrial achievements.

People exit Nintendo's flagship store, July 11, 2016 in New York City.

Overheating: NYC Imposes $200 Fine for Stores With Open Doors

The City’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Julie Menin explained that many businesses open their doors during the summer to “lure customers inside with cool air.” Benin says the practice adds a “harmful cost to our city’s environment” and is “a waste of money for the business.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, questions Attorney General Eric Holder on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 7, 2012, during the committee's oversight hearing on the Justice Department.

Lamar Smith Has Valid Reasons for Investigating NOAA

Under his authority as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Lamar Smith has chosen to investigate the research methods of the taxpayer-funded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Environmental activists play with a giant globe on the streets in a rally demanding more action to battle climate change during the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw November 16, 2013. REUTERS/KACPER PEMPEL

Rebutting Climate Alarmism with Simple Facts

What to do if you don’t believe that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing a global warming catastrophe? Here are some ready-made responses, the next time someone questions you.

An iceberg is pictured in the western Antarctic peninsula, on March 04, 2016.

When A Third Becomes 97 Percent: A Con That Changed the Western World

In the actual study in question, only one-third of the 11,994 academic papers studied could be construed as arguing for man-made warming. The other two-thirds may have focused on other factors, perhaps the unprecedented increase in solar activity seen over the past century.

CSX Transportation coal trains sit in a rail yard on June 3, 2014 in Printer, Kentucky. New regulations on carbon emissions proposed by the Obama administration have reportedly angered politicians on both sides of the aisle in energy-producing states such as Kentucky.

Killing Coal Means Burying America’s Steel Industry Too

Hillary Clinton recently vowed to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” It wasn’t a nice thing to say, considering the many thousands of hard-working men and women whose livelihoods are tied to the U.S. mining sector.

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GOP Candidates Get it Wrong on China When Bashing Trump on Trade

Notably, Trump’s campaign website prominently states that a Trump administration would declare China a “currency manipulator” on day one in office. This is logical and commendable— and it’s exactly what Mitt Romney vowed in 2012. It also reflects the earnest promises that Barack Obama made in April 2008 at a forum held by the United Steelworkers union. (Yes, Obama promised tough action on China’s currency during the 2008 campaign. But he never followed through.)