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Shelby DeMars

Coal. File photo.
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The Trump administration today introduced a new EPA rule meant to preserve the U.S. coal industry, despite opposition from environmentalists.

Gone are Obama-era EPA targets that would have pushed states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by reducing dependence on coal in favor of natural gas and renewables.

The EPA’s new replacement rule instead allows states to determine how, or if, coal-fired plants should be upgraded to reduce emissions.

Environmental advocates argue the rule doesn’t reduce CO2 emissions enough.

Thursday’s resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt draws decidedly different reactions from Montanans. And the man who will take Pruitt’s place is proving to be just as divisive.

A Coal Mine in the Powder River basin.
U.S. Geological Survey

The nomination of a new regulator of surface mines in the United States is receiving praise from pro-coal groups in Montana but criticism from environmental groups in the state.

President Trump nominated Steve Gardner Thursday for the position of Director of the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement.

Coal. File photo.
Flickr user oatsy40 (CC-BY-2)

President Donald Trump Thursday ended a key Obama-era coal mining regulation. Montanans' reaction to the repeal of the Stream Protection Rule covered the gamut from elation to frustration. 

Otter Creek Coal Mine Plans Suspended

Mar 10, 2016
Coal train
(PD)

Arch Coal company is suspending plans to develop a major coal mine in southeast Montana.

The controversy over the water compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes continued this week when the head of the Flathead County Republicans alleged that groups supporting the compact failed to fully disclose their lobbying activities.

Clean Campaigns, A "Clean Platform" And Clean Coal

Jul 11, 2014

This week in Montana politics:

The A.P. reported that District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock rejected Sen. Art Wittich's attempt to dismiss campaign finance complaints filed against him. The ruling clears the way for the case against Wittich to proceed.

A Path Forward for Energy Production

May 29, 2014

I’m Shelby DeMars with Count on Coal Montana, a coalition advocating for increasing Montana’s coal production to provide new jobs and opportunity for our state, and to supply the world with affordable energy.

I’d like to talk about two of the most serious problems facing us today: climate change and energy poverty.   Both are big, difficult challenges, and they’re so inextricably intertwined that we can’t discuss one without the other.

First, what are the facts?