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Bluefield Coal Show Opens

The Bluefield Coal Show opens on Wednesday morning with the opening Breakfast at 8:30 am. Thousands of members of the coal industry have arrived in Bluefield with over 7,000 expected over the three days!

The show “A Coal Show for Coal People” is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias with a new general chairman, Bob Ramsey. Ramsey is president of Peters Equipment and Ramsey Industrial and was named the new chair of the coal show in October 2018.


Bob Ramsey

“It’s now here after many hours of work by our great volunteers,” said Ramsey. “We are very excited about the new items in the show and there is great enthusiasm for the show amongst the many folks who work hard to make it all happen. People are arriving for the show in great numbers!” said Ramsey, who said that an industry leader is speaking at the breakfast and then opening the show.

“This year’s keynote speaker is Jimmy Brock, President and CEO, CONSOL Energy,” said Bill Reid, Chair of the newly named Media & Exhibitors’ Breakfast, and Managing Editor, CoalZoom.com and Coalminerexchange.com. “We are thrilled to have such an eminent and highly regarded coal personality join us and everyone is looking forward to hearing his views on the future of the global coal industry.” Earlier this year, CONSOL announced plans to open the new Ittman metallurgical coal mine in Wyoming County, West Virginia in 2021.

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U.S. Department of Labor Awards $400,000 in Brookwood-Sago Grants for Mine Safety Education and Training

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the award of $400,000 in funding through its Brookwood-Sago grant program to support education and training to help identify, avoid and prevent unsafe working conditions in and around the nation’s mines.

The Fiscal Year 2019 grants focus on powered haulage safety (such as reducing vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, increasing seat belt use, and improving belt conveyor safety), emergency prevention and preparedness, examinations of working places at metal and nonmetal mines, or other programs to prevent unsafe conditions in and around mines. Funding will enable grant recipients to develop training materials, provide mine safety training or educational programs, recruit mine operators and miners for the training and conduct and evaluate the training.

Established by the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act of 2006, the program promotes mine safety in honor of 25 miners who died in 2001 in Brookwood, Alabama, at the Jim Walter Resources #5 mine, and in 2006 in Buckhannon, West Virginia, at the Sago Mine.

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Coal Miner: Shuttering Mines in U.S. Will Hurt 50,000 Americans, But Not 5 Million Chinese Miners

Cecil Roberts, sixth-generation coal miner and now the president of United Mine Workers of America, said Wednesday at the National Press Club that shutting down all of the coal plants in the United States would do nothing to make the planet carbon-free when China’s massive use of coal is ongoing.

Roberts said while climate change believers — including the Democrat presidential candidates — want to shut down fossil fuel production, including coal-fired plants that produce electricity, the plan doesn’t take into account global coal production.

Cecil Roberts

Photo by Penny Starr, Breitbart News

“How are we going to get China with five million coal miners to act on climate change versus 52,000 coal miners in the United State?” Roberts asked.

Roberts said in addition to China’s massive number of coal miners there are two million more in other countries.

He also said that there are 2,000 coal mines operating around the globe and 1,600 new coal mines are opening.

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The Energy Policy Disconnect Grows Wider

Lost in the noise of what candidates and pundits want for the nation’s energy future is what Americans want. While the rollout of candidates’ energy plans has turned into a game of one-upmanship on who can ban the most sources of energy or spend the most taxpayer money in the least amount of time, the public isn’t reading from the same sheet of music.

Environmental progress is a priority for Americans, but the vast majority of voters aren’t looking for a radical, overnight transformation of our energy systems.

Recent polling from Morning Consult found that 70 percent of Americans want the U.S. to pursue an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes natural gas, coal, renewables and nuclear power. The very same polling found that a majority of Americans support government action to upgrade the nation’s coal fleet.

Affordability and reliability of the nation’s energy supply remain primary concerns even if most candidates seem oblivious to them. As the U.S. Energy Information Administration has reported, one in three American households are facing challenges in paying energy bills. Those challenges can include foregoing necessities like food or medicine to keep the lights on or to keep a house comfortable during sweltering summer heat. There’s also the recognition that the competitiveness of entire industries, and the millions of jobs they support, depends on the affordability of the nation’s energy supply.

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Biden Repeats Hillary Clinton's Biggest Campaign Mistake During CNN Climate Town Hall Meeting

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren offered proposals during Wednesday’s climate change town hall on CNN that mirrored what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described as her biggest mistake during her 2016 campaign.

Biden and Warren both attacked coal mining and fossil fuels during the 7-hour long forum, suggesting that eliminating one of the largest sources of energy in the United States would substantially help the environment.
“We’ve got to shut down” all coal-fueled power plants, Biden asserted during his portion of the town hall.

Warren similarly offered, “I think the way we get there is we just say [to fossil fuel companies], sorry guys, but by 2035 you’re done.”

However, Clinton notably wrote in her post-election book “What Happened” that she thought her biggest mistake on the 2016 campaign trail was promising to put coal plants and coal miners out of business.

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