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 JUNE 07, 2016

Experts say cheaper natural gas from horizontal hydraulic fracturing is actually the main factor in coal bust

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's promise to bring back lost coal jobs and reduce regulations on hydraulic fracturing are contradictory statements, economists and industry experts told Elizabeth Shogren of High Country News. Trump "pledges to revive the coal industry, and at the same time boost the main culprit that has eviscerated coal, natural gas." While those in coal have blamed President Obama's environmental regulations for coal's downfall, experts say cheaper natural gas from horizontal hydraulic fracturing is actually the main factor.

When a reporter last week in North Dakota pressed Trump "about how he planned to bring back coal jobs, he stressed that he would do so by getting rid of regulations," Shogren writes. Trump said, “You know, all I can do is free up the coal, which I'm going to totally do. Get the companies back to work, market forces, that's something I don't want to get involved in. … To me, a market force is a beautiful force."

Economists and energy experts say "easing regulations would not be enough to reinvigorate coal, especially not if Trump removes regulatory impediments to natural gas at the same time," Shogren writes. "That’s because, so far, Obama-era regulations, such as the Mercury Air Toxics rule, have played a secondary role in coal’s precipitous downward trajectory." (High Country News graphic)

Even coal industry CEO Robert Murray—whose company Murray Energy Corp. owns mines in Utah, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia—says he explained this to Trump in a recent meeting with the candidate," Shogren writes. Murray told Shogren, "He wants to bring the mines back and I told him that was not possible. I don't think it will be a thriving industry ever again. … The coal mines cannot come back to where they were or anywhere near it."

Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the National Mining Association, told Shogren, “I certainly would like to hear some details on what exactly a new president might do to undo regulations that are impacting coal, let alone what he might do in the marketplace to restore employment. I don’t think anyone is satisfied that he has a plan to achieve what he promises.” READ MORE

Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 6/07/2016 11:46:00 AM

Celebrating Muhammad Ali

By Glenn Mollette

Thousands are heading to Louisville, Kentucky this week to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Muhammad Ali.

Ali will never be forgotten. He shook up the world and the world is a better place.

I drove by the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky Saturday and Sunday. People were standing in the rain with umbrellas. Flowers left at the center could be seen from the highway. I've been in the center before. It's an astonishing museum built to honor an astonishing individual.
I grew up watching Ali on ABC television. He was a real eyebrow raiser. I had never seen anyone brag like Ali before. Humility was not in his vocabulary and it was okay because he was a thrill to watch.

The Internet and libraries are yet to see the mega volumes of columns, books and opinions still to be written about Ali. Few people have accomplished so much in such a short period of time. He is the greatest boxing champion in the history of boxing. Ali's universal appeal is intriguing. He was a Muslim and I haven't heard anybody say anything against him because of his religion. People of all religions and nationalities seem to embrace Ali. I realize there are always a few holdouts who hate everybody but overall Ali was embraced and loved around the world. We should love all people and all religions should promote love and peace. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way.

We know there have been times back when things were not so great for Ali. For three years he was banned from boxing because of his objection to Vietnam and his refusal to serve in the military. This still bugs people to this day.

My wife's grandfather was held as a prisoner of war in the Philippines for almost four years. He survived the Bataan death march and endured a cruel and tortuous experience at the hands of the Japanese. One thousand Americans and nine thousand Filipinos died during this barbaric 65-mile walk without food or water. Many were bayoneted or shot along the walk. Eleven thousand five hundred Americans, who survived the walk, died during their imprisonment. Nobody liked this. Fortunately, Lyle Harlow survived the imprisonment to come back home.

My brother spent a year in Vietnam. None of us enjoyed those twelve months. My neighbor down the road from me was killed in Vietnam. We wept and grieved through that experience. I don't remember anybody craving to join the military when I was in high school. I don't remember anybody hoping to be drafted. People went to college all the time hoping to avoid the draft but then were drafted as soon as they graduated. Most everybody hated the Vietnam War. People still suffer today who had to go there or who lost family members in Vietnam.

Ali was just more brash and determined to resist the status quo in his day. He refused to go and paid a small price of missing three years of boxing. Many others went and never lived to come home to their families. Ali's sacrifice pale's greatly in comparison to what so many have given for this country.

Ali did what every American is entitled to do and that is freely state his opinions. He made a determination to not serve the military and everyone else has the freedom to form their own opinions about him.

Today, he is iconic. Because of his phenomenal boxing success, his charisma, his ability to entertain and put action behind his words he will forever be a world figure and a sports hero in the eyes of so many.

For many years, Louisville will be a destination to celebrate and honor Ali as the greatest sports figure of all time. I agree with this and I'll be one of those in the masses sharing in that celebration.

Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at .  This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.

 June 1, 2016

What Can Americans Do? Keep Trying!

By Glenn Mollette

I often meet discouraged people. Recently I talked to a man unemployed after seventeen years of stable 80,000 a year pay. He was working a minimum wage job and discouraged. I praised him for staying active, being employed and keeping his mind busy but I could see the sadness in his eyes.

No one enjoys losing a job, fighting disease, being knocked down and feeling defeated. What is going on with you today? Maybe you are having a child that you did not plan to have. Maybe your spouse or the love of your life has not worked out.
Possibly someone has disappointed you. Life is filled with disappointments.

We've all been disappointed in Presidents, Congress, and frustrated with the world in general. What can we do? Make changes. Change is not always possible but when it is you should.

Change is often the lesser of choices. We get into ruts. We call it stability. Stability is nice but sometimes it can be a rut we don't have the courage to leave. People hang onto drugs, sad relationships, and negative lifestyles because fear holds them back from going forward. We fear leaving the safety of the house to face and conquer what may be in the outside world.

When I was 24 I taught an older lady how to swim. She had always feared the water but has thanked me several times down throughout the years. My youngest son had to take the driver's test three times. We stayed with it and we kept practicing. Today he drives and travels anywhere he wants to go.

The change you may want to make may be simple and subtle. Nobody may ever notice but you, but you are the one who counts.

This summer why not take some small risks. I'm not talking about going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. I'm talking about some steps forward in your life. The kind of stuff you've thought about doing, wanted to do but just didn't have the heart to try. Remember it's okay to fail quickly. Actually it's better to fail fast than to take five years to fail. However, every now and then something clicks well and you will look back and think, "I'm glad I tried."

What can Americans do this summer? Be willing to try. Be willing to change. Put your disappointments behind you. Some people will embrace you but not everybody is your friend, so get over expecting overwhelming support about most anything. If you are successful people will jump on the bandwagon but that comes later after all of your trial and errors. This summer, keep trying.

Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at

This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.



For those of us who remembered Ali in the glory of his youth, it always was painful to see him in his latter years. It was obvious that, slowly but steadily, he was losing to Parkinson's disease. First the mischievous light vanished from his eyes. Then his mighty voice became a whisper. Then he reached that state where he could barely acknowledge even those he recognized.











Matt Bevin' approval rating at 33%Only three governors in the country have a lower approval rating than Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin does, according to a recent survey of more than 66,000 voters in all 50 states.

Bevin has a 33 percent approval rating, according to a Morning Consult survey, a media and technology company dealing with politics, policy and business strategies.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who is at the center of the Flint water crisis, had an approval rating of 32 percent approval rating.

“America’s newest governors, Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin and Louisiana Democrat John Bel Edwards, have experienced opposite fates as voters have gotten to know them better since they were elected last fall,” the survey states.

“In the Bluegrass State, Bevin’s approval rating sits at 33 percent, well below the 57 percent support which his Democratic predecessor Steve Beshear enjoyed before he left office,” the survey continued.

Besides his 33 percent approval rating, the survey found 48 percent disapprove of Bevin, while 19 percent are undecided or do not know. Bevin’s survey had a 4.8 percent margin of error.

The Kentucky governor won over not only the state, but the southern Pennyrile in last November’s general election. During his six months in office, he’s caught heat for cutting higher education funding and dismantling kynect, the state’s healthcare exchange.

The two lowest are Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy at 29 percent, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback at 26 percent.

The highest in the survey is Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker with a 72 percent approval rating.

The survey found the three governors who took a stab at running for president only experienced a minor impact in their numbers.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie experienced a four-point drop in his approval rating, taking him to 36 percent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich didn’t see much change at all.

The Morning Consult’s survey was conducted between January and May, according to a release. The data was weighted using the U.S. Census Bureau’s current population survey, and sample sizes differed with each state, depending on population.By Rebecca Walter

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