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Promise Kept? Coal Giant Goes Bankrupt After Clinton Pledges To Kill Industry

- April 13, 2016

One Month After Clinton Vowed To Put Coal Country "Out Of Business" By Doubling Down On Obama's Anti-Coal Policies, "Coal Giant" Peabody Energy Corp. Was Forced To File For Bankruptcy

Clinton: "We're Going To Put A Lot Of Coal Miners And Coal Companies Out Of Business." (Hillary Clinton, CNN's Democrat Town Hall, Columbus, OH, 3/13/16)

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Today, "Coal Giant" Peabody Energy Corp. Filed For Bankruptcy "The Most Powerful Convulsion Yet In An Industry That's Enduring The Worst Slump In Decades." "U.S. coal giant Peabody Energy Corp. filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, the most powerful convulsion yet in an industry that's enduring the worst slump in decades. The company filed Chapter 11 petitions for most of its U.S. entities in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in St. Louis Wednesday, listing $10.1 billion in debt. All of Peabody's mines and offices are continuing to operate and are expected to continue doing so for the duration of the process, according to a statement." (Tiffany Kary, Tim Loh, and Jim Polson, "Coal Slump Sends Mining Giant Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy," Bloomberg, 4/13/16)

  • Bloomberg Headline: "Coal Slump Sends Mining Giant Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy" (Tiffany Kary, Tim Loh, and Jim Polson, "Coal Slump Sends Mining Giant Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy," Bloomberg, 4/13/16)

Peabody "Joins At Least Four Other Coal Companies That Have Sought Bankruptcy." "Founded in 1883 by 24-year-old Francis S. Peabody with $100, a wagon and two mules, the miner is now the largest private-sector coal company in the world, with customers in 25 countries and about 8,000 employees, according to its website. It joins at least four other coal companies that have sought bankruptcy as the industry endures its worst downturn in decades -- a result of tougher environmental policies, a flood of cheap natural gas and a global glut of metallurgical coal that's dragged prices for steelmaking component to the lowest in more than 10 years." (Tiffany Kary, Tim Loh, and Jim Polson, "Coal Slump Sends Mining Giant Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy," Bloomberg, 4/13/16)

  • "The Outlook For Coal Players Remains Bleak." "'The outlook for coal players remains bleak,' said Sandra Chow, a Singapore-based credit analyst who tracks coal producers at CreditSights Inc. 'Any recovery remains a long way from here.'" (Tiffany Kary, Tim Loh, and Jim Polson, "Coal Slump Sends Mining Giant Peabody Energy Into Bankruptcy," Bloomberg, 4/13/16)

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