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Alleged $9.6B Cost of Cleaning Up Coal Emissions Dwarfed by $14B in Direct Subsidies (and 11,000 Lives It Saves)

Alleged $9.6B Cost of Cleaning Up Coal Emissions Dwarfed by $14B in Direct Subsidies (and 11,000 Lives It Saves)
The EPA scored a huge court victory recently, with the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) is within the its realm of enforcement. Estimates show that almost 60 percent of the coal-fired power plants in the country are either using mercury capture and cleaning technology, or their emissions are so low that they do not qualify. And contrary to industry claims, the cost of the new equipment has almost no effect on consumer electricity prices and the companies’ bottom line.
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Industry Buys Underpriced Coal, Fleeces Taxpayers to the Tune of $200M

Industry Buys Underpriced Coal, Fleeces Taxpayers to the Tune of $200M
Coal leases lack competition – the bottom line of a new General Accounting Office report detailing the ways in which coal companies bid and use the leases for profit. Undervalued land means cheap coal, which the companies then price at inflated 'market' levels, reaping a huge windfall.
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Big Coal's Dirty Deeds in War with EPA

Big Coal's Dirty Deeds in War with EPA
After playing the victims of an allegedly unfair, and completely fabricated, “war on coal" the coal industry has gone on the offensive, launching their own war on federal regulators and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Kentucky Lawmakers Fight Against No One to Keep Coal Dirty

Kentucky Lawmakers Fight Against No One to Keep Coal Dirty
Even the coal industry itself has conceded that there is no “war on coal,” but lawmakers in the coal-dependent state of Kentucky are still fighting this imaginary battle. A bi-partisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the president last week, warning him that his “war on coal” would be devastating to their state. A state already devastated by the effects of the coal industry.
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MO Senators McCaskill and Blunt Diverge on Enforcement of Coal Air Pollution Regulations

McCaskill is proposing to delay the implementation of the regulations in order to give the coal industry more time to comply. Blunt, who voted to block the more stringent standards, claims that the regulations are "job-killing" without evidence, and ignores billions in health care savings.
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