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FILE - In this March 28, 2017 file photo, a dump truck hauls coal at Contura Energy's Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo. After the first round of major Powder River Basin coal layoffs and bankruptcies in 2015 and 2016, the buzzworthy response was Wyoming and Campbell County would have to adjust to a

After disastrous year, no 'new normal' for Powder River coal

Feb. 17, 2020 11:54 AM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — After the first round of major Powder River Basin coal layoffs and bankruptcies in 2015 and 2016, the buzzworthy response was Wyoming and Campbell County would have to adjust to a “new normal” for the commodity. The times of posting nearly 450 million-ton annual PRB...

West Virginia Senate passes solar bill with nods to coal

Feb. 14, 2020 2:11 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they're making it clear that they don't want the coal industry to feel left out. The proposal, which would create a regulatory program for...

Ecologists hail freezing of funds for new Polish coal plant

Feb. 14, 2020 10:41 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A European group fighting climate change on Friday hailed the decision by two Polish energy companies to suspend financing for the construction of a new coal power plant. Climate Action network said suspension of funding for the Ostroleka C plant in eastern Poland should lead to the...

Michigan Capitol, state buildings closed due to lack of heat

Feb. 12, 2020 3:49 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Many government buildings in downtown Lansing have been closed due to a lack of heat following an issue at a power plant. The Capitol building closed Tuesday, after the Senate and House canceled voting sessions over the heating problems. Many legislative hearings also were canceled. ...

Editorial Roundup:

Feb. 11, 2020 2:00 PM EST

The Munster Times. February 5, 2020 Women face violence, death, as justice system fails them A gunshot rang out in the parking lot of a Hammond gas station Tuesday in a suspected domestic dispute. A greater warning shot has been fired, over and over, in recent years regarding how our justice system responds to...

Coal shipping in Twin Ports drops while wind cargo surges

Feb. 11, 2020 1:37 PM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior recorded its lowest level of coal cargo in three decades during the 2019 shipping season, but says it handled a record amount of freight carrying components used for generating wind power. The decline comes as demand for renewable energy sent a record...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 5, 2018 file photo, steam rises in the air from the brown coal power plant Schwarze Pumpe in the Lusatia, (Lausitz) area in Germany. Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell sharply last year, putting the country's 2020 climate goal within reach again.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

Global energy-related carbon emissions flat in 2019

Feb. 11, 2020 9:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Global energy-related emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide remained steady last year, with declines in rich countries balancing out a rise in poor nations, according to data published Tuesday. The International Energy Agency said emissions of the main man-made greenhouse gas stayed at 33...

Wyoming governor pledges to protect, promote fossil fuels

Feb. 10, 2020 6:24 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has enough savings to take time and be thoughtful about future spending cuts, particularly for education, amid declining revenue from fossil fuels, Gov. Mark Gordon said Monday in his second annual State of the State address. Yet Gordon promised not to dither amid what he...

FILE - In this April 23, 2019, file photo Indiana Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, speaks during a session at the Statehouse, in Indianapolis. The Republicans who dominate state government say they're giving educators more respect, pointing to a proposal that would end the mandatory use of student test results in teacher evaluations. .(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Cellphone ban, pregnancy accommodations face Indiana debates

Feb. 10, 2020 1:37 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers returned Monday to the Statehouse after deadlines last week on advancing bills for action during the last half of this year’s legislative session. The Legislature has already approved a plan for spending $291 million in unanticipated state tax revenue on several...

North Dakota power plant mulls solutions amid financial woes

Feb. 8, 2020 10:54 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that operates the largest coal-fired power plant in North Dakota is looking for solutions to overcome financial challenges amid the low cost of electricity in the power market. The Bismarck Tribune reports the Minnesota-based Great River Energy told employees at a meeting...