This segment is from Tuesday's edition of 'Digging for Value', in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy & materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

The coal industry has offered up many arguments, pleading its case against increased regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to Bloomberg, many of its arguments are unfounded. In the following video, Motley Fool analyst, Taylor Muckerman, discusses two of these issues and how recent actions by the likes of CONSOL Energy (NYSE:CNX), FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) and Southern Corporation (NYSE:SO) highlight its points. Tune in below for more.

These 3 companies have had a hand the energy boom, leading to coal's current state

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