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Energy / Coal

IEA Says Coal is Still the Fuel of Choice

Oct 14, 2013 at 17:14 | Daniel J. Graeber

Two years ago, Saudi Arabia started mulling the prospects of shale natural gas as it faced the possibility of running short on energy supplies. The largest oil exporter in the…

A Billion-Ton Coal Miner You’ve Never Heard Of

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:22 | Editorial Dept

One thing I’ve noticed in the resource business: big never goes out of style.If there’s a large in-ground resource, someone will always be eying a way to exploit…

Coal Use Falling, Proof of Progress to Low-Carbon Future

Oct 03, 2013 at 16:52 | Matt Smith

Although it is easy to get caught up in the vastness of the volume of fossil fuels we continue to consume, we are increasingly being presented with positives as we…

China’s Plan to Reduce Coal-Fired Electricity Disastrous for Global Climate

Sep 30, 2013 at 16:40 | Rory Johnston

China consumes upwards of four billion tonnes of coal per year—as much as the rest of the world combined. However, rising public opinion opposing terrible air quality in major Chinese…

Endgame? New EPA Regulations Threaten U.S. Coal Industry

Sep 16, 2013 at 14:27 | John Daly

Coal was the fuel that fired the industrial revolutions in the U.S. and Europe. Market share for the material has plummeted in the U.S. over the past decade, which has…

The World’s Best-Positioned Junior Coal Play?

Sep 13, 2013 at 15:59 | Editorial Dept

I’ve said previously that India is going to be the biggest story no one’s heard yet in thermal coal. Last week came some of the first public recognition…

Putin Set to Revive Russia’s Coal Industry

Sep 06, 2013 at 17:54 | John Daly

In a holiday somewhat overlooked in the West, on 25 August, Miners' Day, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent to the Russian Federation’s coal industry workers and veterans a congratulatory…

India’s Largest Crime Organization Steals Coal from the Rich to Give to the Poor

Sep 06, 2013 at 17:47 | James Burgess

In the state of Jharkhand, eastern India, most families used to survive by foraging in local forests, or growing crops on farmland, but after 40 years of coal mine expansion,…

Turkey’s Declining Coal Industry

Sep 05, 2013 at 17:00 | Eurasianet

Coal mining is among the more hazardous occupations in Turkey, underscored by a mishap earlier this year that claimed eight lives. But economic necessity is keeping the country reliant on…

The Price Tag for Clean Coal

Aug 29, 2013 at 08:50 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I wanted to get the low down on clean coal (KOL) to see how clean it really is, so I visited some friends at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The modern…

The Hidden Opportunity in Asian Coal

Jul 12, 2013 at 14:05 | Editorial Dept

If there was ever a contrarian play, it’s the coal sector today.Major coal producers like Peabody Energy (NYSE-BTU) are trading below the levels they saw during the height…

Coal Gasification: Turning the Commercial Corner

Jun 28, 2013 at 16:58 | Editorial Dept

Underground coal gasification (UCG) has been around for a very long time, but just as it was about to surface as a potentially commercially viable alternative to traditional coal mining,…

Shale Boom Sees Cheap US Coal Head to Europe and Asia

May 16, 2013 at 16:50 | Stuart Burns

We have heard a lot in the press – and indeed we have written ourselves – about the impact of shale gas and, more recently, shale or tight oil, on…

Global Markets Hot for U.S. Coal

May 09, 2013 at 17:11 | Charles Kennedy

US coal giants have been hit hard, unable to compete with natural gas at home, but overseas this market is getting hotter by the minute. Illinois is a…

Coal Is the Fuel of the Past and the Future

Mar 18, 2013 at 12:48 | Llewellyn King

Hal Quinn, president of the National Mining Association, says coal in 2016 will again be the world’s favorite carbon fuel, pushing out petroleum as the world's largest source of energy.

New System to Produce Energy from Coal Releases 99% Less CO2

Feb 11, 2013 at 17:05 | Brian Westenhaus

Ohio State University engineers are testing a clean coal technology that harnesses the energy of coal producing heat while capturing 99% of the carbon dioxide produced in the reaction. …

As Coal Use Continues to Grow, China's 'Blackest Day' is still to Come

Jan 30, 2013 at 17:03 | Wolf Richter

The “Blackest Day,” is how The Economist called January 12 when the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Beijing rose to a record 755. It was “Beyond index” on a…

Sell US Coal to China and Watch Carbon Emissions Fall

Jan 16, 2013 at 16:49 | Futurity

Exporting coal from the western US to China could actually lower overall greenhouse gas emissions, an energy economist argues.Western US coal companies looking to expand sales to China…

China Invests in Ukraine Coal Gasification

Jan 08, 2013 at 16:27 | Charles Kennedy

Thanks to a $3.65 billion deal with China Development Bank Corporation, Ukraine will gradually work towards the gasification of coal to reduce its dependency on natural gas by about 4…

China to Dominate the 2013 Coal Market

Jan 03, 2013 at 16:30 | John Daly

China is the world's largest coal producer and consumer and currently accounts for about half of the global coal consumption.The U.S. Energy Information Agency noted in its

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