The Republican National Convention paid a lot of lip service to US coal in general, and the coal state of West Virginia in particular, but it seems that words are all the industry can expect from a Donald Trump administration. The Republican candidate for President already has oil-and-gas fan Kevin Cramer (R – North Dakota) on his energy advisory team, and last week he was rumored to be eyeballing fracking mogul Harold Hamm for Energy Secretary.
Cramer dug the knife in a little deeper in an interview last week. He dropped more than a few hints last week that a Trump administration will give free rein to the natural gas marketplace, and leave coal twisting in the wind.
The Appalachian coal state of West Virginia has emerged as a hotspot for Republican votes, and RNC 2016 planners rewarded its delegates with juicy front-row seating and a prime-time speaking slot for West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
Capito nailed both President Obama and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for killing off coal jobs in West Virginia. Industry analysts, though, widely agree that the real culprit behind the loss of coal jobs is the shale gas fracking boom, which has followed a decades-long trend toward mechanization in the coal industry.
Clinton in particular took a lot of heat:
The only thing we can trust Hillary to do is to double down on the same failed Obama policies that are hurting Americans that I just described.
We know she will double down on an economic agenda that’s led to the lowest workforce participation in decades.
We know that she will double down on the war on coal.
Capito assured Republican voters — and particularly, West Virginian voters — that Trump would come to the rescue:
We must carry this momentum to elect Donald Trump who speaks directly to Americans who have been devastated by the Obama administration. West Virginians know he understands their problems, shares their concerns and by golly is going to do things much differently.
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Florida Power & Light has proposed purchasing a 330-MW coal-fired plant it has contracts with for the next nine years, shutting it down and saving customers $129 million in the process, SNL Energy reports.
FPL filed its plan this week with the Public Service Commission. Last summer, regulators approved a similar plan at another coal-fired plant the utility wants to mothball.
Closing down the Indiantown Cogeneration facility, which is currently owned by Calypso Energy Holdings, would halt more than 657,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, FPL said.
Some of the worst flooding in West Virginia "in 100 years" has left at least six people dead, including one child.
Tens of thousands of residents were left without power and many roads were impassable following Thursday's pounding rain, officials said. The hardest hit counties include Greenbrier, Nicholas, Fayette, Kanawha and Webster. In Greenbrier, a flaming house could be seen floating down a creek.
"Just high water everywhere. People can't get out; they can't get in," one resident told CBS News.
Three people have died in Kanawha County, two people were killed in Greenbrier County and a boy died in Wheeling, officials said. Additionally, a 4-year-old boy remains missing after being swept away in Jackson County, according to the Gazette Mail.