White House has coal country on the defensive - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

White House has coal country on the defensive


COLSTRIP, Mont. (AP) -- After several years of taking a beating, the coal industry was on the rebound this year as mining projects moved forward in the Western U.S. and demand for the fuel began to rise, especially in Asia.

But almost overnight, coal is back on the defensive, scrambling to stave off President Barack Obama's renewed push to rein in climate change.

The administration's proposal would put facilities like Montana's 2,100-megawatt Colstrip electricity plant in regulators' cross hairs. That could have spin-off implications for the massive strip mines that dot the surrounding Powder River Basin and provide the bulk of the nation's coal.

Colstrip burns about 10 million tons of coal a year, serving customers as far away as Washington state, and produces as much carbon dioxide as roughly 3 million cars.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVVA.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Audrey Sluss at (304) 324-0659. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.