Publisher's Note: Jacob Barker, energy and environment reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote a long article on why coal is having a bad year. It's an important story for Kentuckians going to the polls in November. Unfortunately, we could not locate the online story to link to - a summary of the story follows with Barker's contact information.
Reason No. 3 why coal is having a bad year: "Though environmental rules are making new coal plants prohibitively expensive and leading to the closure of some older plants, it's really market conditions -- oversupply and the advent of cheap natural gas -- that are hitting coal miners hardest, said Ken Colburn, a senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project who specializes in air regulations.
"I don't think this is an easy cakewalk necessarily, but nothing the (Environmental Protection Agency) does will lead to the kind of impact on coal as a fuel that the market is having,"