Laura Sheehan


Battleground States Depend on Coal

The primaries and nominating conventions are past, and the 2016 race for the White House now enters its general election phase. In fewer than 100 days, a new president will be elected. A new paper just released by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity makes one thing very clear: The candidates need to pay […]

Busting the Myths about Coal-Based Electricity

When it comes to coal-based electricity, this administration has been all too eager to use myths in justifying its energy policies. Achieving the president’s environmental legacy has unfortunately meant hiding energy facts from Americans and making winners and losers out of our resources. The White House and its allies favor six primary misconceptions about coal […]

Coal-Based Electricity Helps Cash-Strapped Families Keep the Lights On

  Family incomes have been declining, a situation that has been widely reported and commented on in the media. The choices lower- and middle-income families must make in these situations, however, receive far less attention. Picking and choosing among basic needs due to severe budget constraints is an unfortunate reality for many; one that must […]

Coal and the Candidates – Words Matter

In the build-up to the Democratic primary in West Virginia, we saw just how relevant coal can be to candidates seeking higher office. Earlier in the year, Secretary Clinton said her energy policies would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” In the days and weeks since then she has tried […]

Coal: Just the Facts

President John Adams once famously said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” For the last eight years, the White House has relied on its own wishes and inclinations to disparage coal-based electricity while ignoring […]

On Obama’s Power Plan, States Should Put Their Pencils Down

  With many state legislative seasons wrapping up around the country, there’s one crucial question that lawmakers should ask themselves before going home: Why should my state continue working on implementation plans for a federal Power Plan that the Supreme Court has halted? In February, the Supreme Court issued an unprecedented “stay” on Obama’s power […]

SCOTUS Stay Lets States Put Real Priorities First

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took the unprecedented step of issuing a stay temporarily halting the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). This means legal challenges that have already been filed against the rule won’t require states to spend time and money to implement a rule that will likely be thrown out. This is welcome […]

Blizzard Reminds Us How Much Reliable Electricity Matters

As states stretched from the Northeast to the Mid-Atlantic dig out from under what is being described as a historic snowstorm, many people in the affected area have one question at the top of their minds: “Will we lose power this winter?” Having the power on in our homes means so much more than keeping […]

America’s Electricity Future is in the Hands of Voters  

  The positions candidates take on the campaign trail matter. For example, we’re currently seeing President Obama carry out many of the pet projects promised during his two presidential campaigns – none more so than the illegal carbon plan recently issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The plan is an economic disaster on all fronts, […]