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  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by drunkenninja
    +12 +1

    One of the world’s biggest power plant developers just gave up on coal

    Japan's Marbeni will no longer build coal power plants. Just 1,600 more plants to go.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by funhonestdude
    +13 +1

    Donald Trump says windmills are birds killers as he tries to revive coal industry

    President Donald Trump criticized windmills as a source of energy at a New York fundraiser last week, saying they “kill so many birds,” amid escalating efforts by the Trump administration to revive the fading coal industry. On Monday, Trump boasted that coal was an “indestructible” form of energy and ridiculed windmills at a private fundraising event in Utica. “Coal is indestructible. You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by Traveler
    +27 +1

    Air Pollution: Radioactive Ash in 3 Coal-Plant Basins

    A new study found that coal ash produced from three major U.S. coal-producing basins contains highly radioactive contaminants.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by Traveler
    +30 +1

    California passes bill forcing biggest pension funds to divest from coal

    Bill targets state public employees’ and teachers’ pension plans and Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign it into law

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by lostwonder
    +27 +1

    Former U.S. coal CEO gets prison time for blast that killed 29

    Former Massey Energy Chief Executive Don Blankenship was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $250,000 on Wednesday for his role in a 2010 West Virginia coal mine explosion that killed 29 workers.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by bradd
    +23 +1

    Coal-fired electricity is at its lowest since officials started keeping track

    President Donald Trump has vowed to restore the long-struggling U.S. coal sector. The only problem? America's power plants have already moved on. Natural gas and renewable energy together produced half of U.S. electricity supplies in 2016, while coal made up just 30 percent — its smallest share since officials started keeping track 70 years ago.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by hxxp
    +16 +1

    Switch from nuclear to coal-fired power linked to low birth weight in US region

    Children in a region of the US were born smaller after the area switched from nuclear plants to coal-fired power stations, new research has found. The study looked at of the impact of nuclear power plant closures in the aftermath of the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979 – the most serious such accident in US history – in which one of the power station’s reactors underwent a partial meltdown.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by aj0690
    +27 +1

    Coal Isn't Coming Back, Even With Trump Leaving the Paris Accord

    President Donald Trump just made good on his campaign vow to leave the Paris climate accord. Now, the hard part: making American coal great again. In announcing his withdrawal from the international pact to fight global warming, Trump touted mines opening in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia and said the Paris accord would’ve been a near extinction-level event for such operations. To be sure, a handful of new mines have surfaced in Appalachia, but they’re primarily the kind used to supply steelmakers...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zritic
    +17 +1

    Cheap Solar Power Could Gut the Global Coal Industry by 2040

    A new report concludes that solar energy will be a cheaper way to generate electricity than coal in most parts of the world by 2021. That crossover point, predicted to arrive much sooner than previously estimated, could trigger a massive market shift that may drastically hamstring the coal industry over subsequent decades.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zritic
    +19 +1

    The world's biggest coal company just shut down 37 mines because they are not economically viable anymore

    The largest coal mining company in the world has announced it will close 37 mines because they are no longer economically viable. Coal India, which produces around 82 per cent of India's coal, said the mines would be decommissioned by March 2018. The closures, of around 9 per cent of the state-run firm's sites, will reportedly save around 8,000,000,000 rupees (£98m).

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by socialiguana
    +15 +1

    End of coal: Failure to see it coming will hurt miners most

    Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement was sometimes presented as the president putting coal workers first. But the history of coal mining transitions, both in Europe and the US, tells us that failing to anticipate before change comes often finishes badly for workers.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +15 +1

    Coal CEO admits that ‘clean coal’ is a myth

    While President Donald Trump continues to tout “clean” coal, coal baron Robert Murray says it’s just a fantasy. “Carbon capture and sequestration does not work. It’s a pseudonym for ‘no coal,’” the CEO of Murray Energy, the country’s largest privately held coal-mining company, told E&E News.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by distant
    +18 +1

    Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support

    or a glimpse into the future of coal power in Australia, go west. The country’s last major investment in coal-fired electricity was in Western Australia in 2009, when Colin Barnett’s state government announced a major refurbishment of the Muja AB station about 200km south of Perth, far from the gaze of the east coast political-media class.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by baron778
    +19 +1

    Japan stubbornly sticks to coal

    Shaken by the Fukushima nuclear accident, Japan has launched plans to open 49 new coal-fired power plants in the next decade to replace nuclear, even as electricity demand drops and other developed countries shift to renewables. Japan is also looking to export their technology, which poses a serious threat to Asia’s environment as well as economy.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zobo
    +19 +1

    Oil slips after Harvey floods U.S. refineries

    Benchmark U.S. gasoline prices slid for the first day since Hurricane Harvey struck the U.S. oil industry heartland, as some refineries restarted operations, but oil prices slid further. Harvey, downgraded to a tropical storm and losing steam as it moved inland, killed more than 40 people and brought record flooding that shut at least 4.4 million barrels per day (bpd) of refining capacity.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by spacepopper
    +15 +1

    Miner Deaths Increase Amid Low Coal Employment

    A rash of fatal coal mining accidents in the Ohio Valley region pushed the nation’s total number of mining deaths to a level not seen since 2015, sparking concern among safety advocates. Already this year 12 miners have died on the job in the U.S., compared with eight fatalities in all of 2016. Two miners were killed in Kentucky and six in West Virginia.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +1 +1

    Rick Perry went looking for a reason to bail out coal and came back empty

    When Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a study back in April to examine the “premature retirement” of “baseload” coal and nuclear plants, the writing seemed to be on the wall: presumably, the administration would use the study to claim that renewable energy is undermining the reliability of the grid, justify the rollback of incentives and environmental protections and then prop up coal. But now the report is out, and it does not provide much support for that conclusion. The study reveals some essential facts: Cheap natural gas is the primary force driving the...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by zyery
    +15 +1

    After generations working in coal, young West Virginians are finding jobs in solar

    West Virginia's economy has long been reliant on coal. But as coal jobs dry up, many are looking for jobs beyond coal.

  • Current Event
    12 months ago
    by drunkenninja
    +33 +1

    In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

    Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner. It is a startling development for the nation that founded an industrial revolution powered by coal.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by drunkenninja
    +18 +1

    UK and Canada announce global alliance to end coal power

    The UK and Canada on Wednesday called on other nations to join them in ridding their energy sectors of coal power. The two nations have committed to phase coal out of their electricity generation – by 2025 in the UK and 2030 in Canada. Canada’s minister for the environment Catherine McKenna and UK climate minister Claire Perry met at the Houses of Parliament in London. Afterwards, they released a joint statement calling for an end to the use of the fuel that creates more carbon emissions than any other.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by aj0690
    +18 +1

    Trump can't save coal—even the Kentucky Coal Museum is using rooftop solar

    The Trump administration is repealing the Clean Power Plan and proposing to extend the life of the defunct U.S. coal industry by providing it with taxpayer-funded subsidies. The proposal is the equivalent of having offered subsidies to hay producers in order to keep buggies on the streets in 1910, when automobiles had already shown their superiority.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by aj0690
    +21 +1

    Growth in solar power beat all other energy sources in 2016, but Trump still wants more coal

    Listening to the Trump administration advocate for reviving coal, one might get the impression that a fossil fuel resurgence is taking place in the U.S. and abroad. However, the global statistics tell a far different story about where the world is getting its energy, with unprecedented thresholds crossed by renewable energy technologies like solar and wind power.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +17 +1

    Cost of wind keeps dropping, and there’s little coal, nuclear can do to stop it

    Though a lot has changed since 2016, not much has changed for energy economics in the US. The cost of wind generation continues to fall, solar costs are falling, too, and the cost of coal-power energy has seen no movement, while the cost of building and maintaining nuclear plants has gone up. And none of those conclusions reflect subsidies and tax credits applied by the federal government.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by ppp
    +15 +1

    Michael Bloomberg’s ‘war on coal’ goes global with $50m fund

    The battle to end coal-burning, backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, is expanding out of the US and around the world in its bid to reduce the global warming threat posed by the most polluting fossil fuel. Bloomberg, a UN special envoy on climate change and former mayor of New York city, has funded a $164m campaign in the US since 2010, during which time more than half the nation’s coal-fired power plants have been closed.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by Chubros
    +20 +1

    German coal mining could end by 2030s, says Merkel's coalition negotiator

    German coal use could end by the 2030s, the politician charged with brokering a coalition government deal on energy told Climate Home News. The comments came amid a critical political discussion over a coal phase-out in Germany, a UN climate conference in Bonn and news that German carbon emissions are likely to rise again in 2017. Armin Laschet, the minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia and a member of chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU), has been locked in negotiations with Greens and Free Democrats over the future of coal in Germany.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by aj0690
    +1 +1

    Protesters Jeer as Trump Team Promotes Coal at U.N. Climate Talks

    The Trump administration made its debut at a United Nations conference on climate change on Monday by giving a full-throated defense of fossil fuels and nuclear energy as answers to driving down global greenhouse gas emissions. The forum — the only official appearance by the United States delegation during the annual two-week climate gathering of nearly 200 nations — illustrated how sharply the administration’s views are at odds with those of many key participants in the climate negotiations.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by messi
    +16 +1

    UK and Canada lead alliance against coal

    The UK and Canada have launched a global alliance of 20 countries committed to phasing out coal for energy production. Members including France, Finland and Mexico, say they will end the use of coal before 2030. Ministers hope to have 50 countries signed up by the time of the next major UN conference in Poland next year.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by belangermira
    +14 +1

    'Political watershed' as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal

    A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a “political watershed”, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity. New pledges were made on Thursday by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which is led by the UK and Canada.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by zyery
    +27 +1

    Germany’s war on coal is over. Coal lost.

    It’s a sunny October day on the outskirts of the west German town of Bottrop. A quiet, two-lane road leads me through farm pasture to a cluster of anonymous, low-lying buildings set among the trees. The highway hums in the distance. Looming above everything else is a green A-frame structure with four great pulley wheels to carry men and equipment into a mine shaft. It’s the only visible sign that, almost three quarters of a mile below, Germany’s last hard coal lies beneath this spot.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +16 +1

    20 Companies Pledge to Phase Out Coal

    Twenty companies including Unilever and the Virgin Group announced on Tuesday that they will phase out usage of coal in order to combat climate change. The companies announced their decision at the One Planet Summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Coming a month after the COP23 in Bonn, Germany, the announcement puts the companies in a position similar to the "Powering Past Coal Alliance," a partnership of 26 nations founded in Bonn by Britain, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica and the Marshall Islands.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by TNY
    +17 +1

    Katowice: A European coal capital goes green

    Nowhere in the EU is smog more suffocating than in southern Poland. This year, the polluted Polish mining city Katowice will host the COP24 climate conference. Ahead of that, change is in the air — and on the ground.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by aj0690
    +17 +1

    No longer 'alternative', mainstream renewables are pushing prices down

    On the first day of autumn tens of thousands of Victorians received a welcome surprise from their power company — their electricity bills were going down. Prices were cut 5% because the retailer increased their investment in renewable energy. This will likely come as a surprise to many. Since the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, decided that bashing renewables would play well for them — perhaps more so in the party room than in the electorate — hardly a day goes by without claims that renewables have made our grid unreliable and have pushed prices sky high.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +19 +1

    Coal Is Being Squeezed Out of Power Industry by Cheap Renewables

    Coal will be increasingly squeezed out of the power generation market over the next three decades as the cost of renewables plunges and technology improves the flexibility of grids globally. That’s the conclusion of a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimated some $11.5 trillion of investment will go into electricity generation between now and 2050. Of that, 85 percent, or $9.8 billion, will go into wind, solar and other zero-emissions technologies such as hydro and nuclear, the London-based researcher said.