2021 Coal News

FEBRUARY 2021
February 18, 2021

Why Biden’s New Dawn of Net-Zero Is Looking Like a Dark Day for Labor

Last Labor Day, candidate Joe Biden made an impassioned pitch to leaders and members of the AFL-CIO, America’s largest labor federation. Stressing that “the great American middle class was built by unions,” he jabbed his finger in the air for emphasis as he promised, “I’m going to be the strongest labor president you have ever had,” drawing a smile from his longtime ally and friend, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. READ MORE »

February 16, 2021

Another Reminder of the Under-Appreciated Role of the Coal Fleet in Keeping the Lights On

As ice storms and record low temperatures gripped many states over the past several days, grid operators struggled to meet soaring electricity demand and were forced to curtail power to millions of customers.[i] Although we will certainly learn more about these events in the coming days, we do know that frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies left much of the generating capacity in these regions unable to provide much-needed electricity. This is an unfortunate reminder of the importance of fuel diversity and the role the nation’s coal fleet still serves in supporting a reliable and affordable electric grid. READ MORE »

February 15, 2021

Coal to the Rescue Again

The polar vortex is back in all of its frigid fury. On Tuesday, the majority of 10 states woke to temperatures below zero and the bitter cold is here to stay through at least the middle of the month. READ MORE »

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