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Richard Valdmanis

Coal lobby's push for lower black lung tax clashed with U.S. studies

08 Aug 2018

U.S. coal companies lobbied Congress to allow a drop in their payments to help miners with black lung disease by arguing the incurable ailment was in decline and a victims' trust fund was financially healthy, assertions contradicted by government findings, according to documents seen by Reuters.

A tenth of U.S. veteran coal miners have black lung disease: NIOSH

19 Jul 2018

More than 10 percent of America’s coal miners with 25 or more years of experience have black lung disease, the highest rate recorded in roughly two decades, according to a government study released on Thursday that showed cases concentrated heavily in central Appalachia.

Nuclear, coal bailout worth any cost 'to keep America free': U.S. energy chief

28 Jun 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Thursday that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants is as important to national security as keeping the military strong, and that the cost to Americans should not be an issue.

Nuclear, coal bailout worth any cost 'to keep America free' -US energy chief

28 Jun 2018

WASHINGTON, June 28 U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Thursday that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants is as important to national security as keeping the military strong, and that the cost to Americans should not be an issue.

Chevron renewal of Rokan block not assured: Indonesia minister

27 Jun 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. energy giant Chevron Corp must compete if it wants to continue operating Indonesia's Rokan block, the country's biggest source of crude oil, after its contract expires in 2021, Indonesia Energy and Mines Minister Ignasius Jonan said on Wednesday.

Sonatrach sees Exxon pact by year's end, boosts output after OPEC deal

27 Jun 2018

WASHINGTON Algeria's Sonatrach expects to sign a shale development agreement with Exxon Mobil Corp by the end of the year, the state-controlled energy producer's chief executive said on Wednesday.

U.S., Russian officials discuss sanctions, Russian gas pipeline plans

27 Jun 2018

WASHINGTON Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday he discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia and Moscow's plan to expand its Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany, which has irked Washington, in talks with U.S. Treasury and Energy Secretaries.

EPA chief's security bill soars, agency cites death threats

26 May 2018

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt's security detail has cost taxpayers well over $3 million so far, up sharply from his predecessor during an equivalent period, according to details released by the agency, which said Pruitt's life had been threatened.

Two U.S. coal miners see growth amid sector's gloom

02 May 2018

U.S. electric utilities are expected to shut hundreds more of their coal-fired power generators in the coming years, extending a long trend away from coal and toward natural gas that has cast a pall over the mining industry.

Embattled EPA chief's calendar shows industry had his ear

06 Apr 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt held 25-times more meetings with industry representatives than environmental advocates during his first seven months in office, according to a Reuters analysis of his schedule, reflecting the agency's pro-business approach under his tenure.

World News

U.S. gives Saudis more time on Khashoggi; Mnuchin spurns conference

The top U.S. diplomat advised President Donald Trump on Thursday to give Saudi Arabia more time to investigate journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance even as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin abandoned plans to attend an investor conference in Riyadh, putting the high-profile event in question.