U.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel:Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program.The meeting is one of six being held around the country, and supporters from Colorado and beyond are expected to show up to speak on the industry’s behalf as it struggles locally and nationally with mine layoffs and shutdowns, bankruptcies and other setbacks.Advocates for reforming the federal coal program or even ending coal mining altogether also will be attending, although one of them, Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians, said probably not in the same numbers as the industry supporters. He’s sympathetic with their desire to rally on the industry’s behalf.“The coal industry should be proud of what it’s done for this state. Nobody’s saying that we should not acknowledge the great stuff that they’ve brought over the years, but it’s time to move on,” from coal mining, he said.Nichols plans to reiterate his group’s call to leave coal in the ground due to its air-pollution and climate-change impacts, but also for the federal government to step up efforts to help coal miners and communities shift away from coal economically.“We can get behind good policies that acknowledge the need to give communities in Delta County and Craig tools to transition,” he said.The future of Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Mine between Craig and Steamboat Springs is currently up in the air following Peabody’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and the failure of Bowie Resource Partners to be able to complete a deal to buy the mine.Meanwhile, in the North Fork Valley, Oxbow Mining has permanently closed its Elk Creek Mine, Bowie has idled its Bowie No. 2 Mine, and Arch Coal, which also is in bankruptcy reorganization, recently laid off 80 miners. Combined, the valley has seen the loss of many hundreds of mining jobs in recent years.Coal companies have faced slowdowns in national and international markets, in part due to increased competition from natural gas as a power-plant fuel source and also due to increased regulations aimed at reducing air pollutants and carbon emissions.Nichols said it’s also important for the Interior Department to get on board when it comes to helping coal communities transition to more diverse economies.“If they don’t, it’s just going to lead to I think more disaster for communities in the West,” Nichols said.Full article: Coal advocates look to unite at meeting
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“My return heralds for the people of Pakistan the turn of the wheel from dictatorship to democracy,” Bhutto said at a news conference in Dubai, flanked by her husband and two daughters. Bhutto recently courted controversy in Pakistan by saying that she would cooperate with the American military in targeting Osama bin Laden, and authorities here warned that militants could launch suicide attacks and roadside bombings against her. Asked about such threats, Bhutto said Islam forbids suicide bombings and attacks on her. “Muslims know if they attack a woman they will burn in hell,” she said. The government of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, appealed to Bhutto to abandon plans for a snail-paced 10-mile grand procession into Karachi, saying it would leave her vulnerable. It said the main threat was from Taliban and al-Qaida. With Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party already mobilizing rallies and convoys of supporters expected to arrive from its strongholds across Sindh by late Wednesday, many observers believe more than 100,000 will turn out. The PPP is predicting there will be more than 1 million. Thousands of her supporters had already arrived from the city of Multan in neighboring Punjab province and from Pakistan’s part of divided Kashmir, said Waqar Mehdi, a party spokesman. A shipping container fortified with bulletproof glass is being readied to convey Bhutto through Karachi, and some 3,500 police and paramilitary troops and 5,000 party volunteers will guard the streets, officials say.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KARACHI, Pakistan – Thousands of Benazir Bhutto supporters surged toward Karachi on Wednesday, the eve of the former premier’s return from exile, as she declared any Islamic militant assassin targeting her would “burn in hell.” Meanwhile, Pakistan’s top court heard challenges to the legality of Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s re-election as president. Police were readying bomb disposal squads and sealing roads ahead of Bhutto’s planned return today to this chaotic city of 15 million people, where she hopes 1 million people will greet the end of her eight-year exile. Negotiations with Musharraf that could see the archrivals team up in a U.S.-friendly alliance to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban have already produced an amnesty covering the corruption cases that made her leave Pakistan in 1999. Bhutto hopes to secure a third term as prime minister after January elections.