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Despite Trump's OK, the Keystone pipeline is far from a done deal 30.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

It’s been almost exactly six years since the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline went national, with climate scientists and environmental activists joining Native Americans and Nebraska ranchers who’d begun the battle against transporting tar sands from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast....

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Coal losing a stronghold and Trump can't stop it 30.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Natural gas already won the battle with coal on America’s Atlantic coast. Now it’s about to move west and take Ohio — and President Donald Trump’s new rollback of environmental regulations won’t stop the rout. At least six gas-fired plants are planned in the Ohio River Valley over the next four years. That’s enough to supply more than 4 million homes, and topple coal as the state’s main source of electricity. Because gas is cleaner, its displacement of coal was cheered by the Obama administratio...
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E.J. Dionne: Drowning out the working class 30.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. • Whatever happened to the interests of the working class? Weren’t they supposed to be front and center in the Trump administration? Here’s one clue: When a policy that helps some corporate sector can be repackaged to make it look like a pro-worker move, President Trump will always hide his real purpose behind a phalanx of workers. Thus did he surround himself with coal miners on Tuesday when he signed a shamefully shortsighted executive order nullifying President Obama’s clima...
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Trump threatens to drown out the voices of despair 30.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Trump voters were drawn to his promises of relief, but that relief is in short supply in the president’s policies and priorities.
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Trump’s coal policy will likely do just what Obama’s did 30.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Energy consumption is guided largely by market forces — not government mandates.
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Withdrawal of Clean Power Plan a relief to Northwest Colorado power plants 30.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Energy took center stage in Washington this week when Donald Trump signed an executive order that seeks to roll back coal, oil, gas and emissions regulations enacted under the Obama administration. With an emphasis on promoting American energy independence, the new policy orders a halt to the Clean Power Plan and lifts a moratorium on new federal coal leases. The move may not have an immediate or direct impact on Northwest Colorado’s energy industry, but could smooth the way for continued and future development of coal and oil and gas resources. “It’s certainly a signal that the war on coal is over and so is the punitive regulation that was directed specifically against coal,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on a media call Wednesday. “The president has made it clear that such regulatory policies that have been targeted at coal, those are over.” Signed by Trump Tuesday, the order sets government agencies to the task of rescinding regulations that “unduly burden the development of domestic ...
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Climate-Friendly Coal Technology Works But Is Proving Difficult To Scale Up 30.3.2017 NPR: All Things Considered
Capturing carbon emissions from coal plants would reduce coal's effect on climate change. But high costs and other factors have stymied efforts to use that technology at more U.S. power plants.
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Westinghouse files for bankruptcy 30.3.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S. nuclear unit of Japan’s Toshiba Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, calling into question the future of a number of billion-dollar nuclear projects under construction, including two in the U.S. Nuclear power is cleaner than generating electricity with coal or natural gas, but building a nuclear reactor is much more complex and prohibitively costly. After the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, public sentiment turned against nuclear power in countries including Japan and Germany. [...] some older nuclear plants are being shuttered and the four nuclear reactors Westinghouse is helping to build in South Carolina and Georgia are behind schedule and billions of dollars over budget. Auditors questioned Toshiba’s latest reporting on the acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster after a whistle-blower, an employee at Westinghouse, wrote a letter to the Westinghouse president.
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Either Trump is ignorant and unread, or he’s a Chinese agent 30.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

The president is handing the lead to the Asian superpower in trade by throwing away the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the global clean-energy industry by doubling down on coal and oil; and entrepreneurial innovation by clamping down on immigration.
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Westinghouse troubles loom over SC, Georgia nuke projects 30.3.2017 AP Business
Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S. nuclear unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, calling into question the future of a number of billion-dollar nuclear projects under construction, including two in the U.S....
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Westinghouse troubles loom over SC, Georgia nuke projects 30.3.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S. nuclear unit of Japan’s Toshiba Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, calling into question the future of a number of billion-dollar nuclear projects under construction, including two in the U.S. Westinghouse said in a statement that it filed the Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The […]
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Duke Energy sues insurers over coal ash cleanup 30.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Raleigh, N.C. • The largest U.S. electric company sued 30 international and domestic insurance companies Wednesday, saying they should cover part of the utility’s multibillion-dollar cleanup costs in the Carolinas for toxic byproducts left from decades of burning coal to generate power. Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. said it filed a lawsuit in state court alleging breach of contract by insurers that have refused to pay claims that could total hundreds of millions of dollars. Duke Energy said ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Major US utility sues insurers over coal ash cleanup costs 29.3.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The largest U.S. electric company says it is suing insurance companies to force them to cover some of its multibillion-dollar costs to clean up the toxic residues left in the Carolinas after decades of burning coal to generate power. Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. said Wednesday it filed a lawsuit in state […]
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Trump administration seeks delay in ruling on climate plan 29.3.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has asked a federal appeals court to postpone ruling on the merits of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change. The request late Tuesday came hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that seeks to roll back his predecessor’s effort to curb carbon emissions. The […]
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Trump’s new climate rules prove his cynicism is bottomless 29.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Trump’s new climate rules prove his cynicism is bottomless
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Trump executive order won’t stop Inslee from pushing ahead with carbon limits 29.3.2017 Seattle Times: Local

President Donald Trump’s effort to pull the feds away from carbon regulation pushes efforts by Washington state to the forefront. But tough choices lie ahead as coal plants phase out.
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Trump promised to bring back coal jobs. That promise ‘will not be kept,’ experts say. 29.3.2017 Washington Post
Industry experts say coal mining jobs will continue to be lost, not because of blocked access to coal, but because power plant owners are turning to natural gas. At least six plants that relied on coal have closed or announced they will close since Trump’s victory in November. Another 40 are projected to close during the president’s four-year term.
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Despite Trump's bluster, rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations is not a done deal 29.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Make no mistake, President Trump’s order Tuesday rolling back key Obama administration policies to combat global warming is a very bad step for the country, and for the world. As it is, U.S. efforts to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions need to be stronger if the planet is to avoid the...

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Today: Trump Won’t Fight Climate Change? California, Here We Come 29.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Can California help lead a coalition of states and countries to fight climate change? I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.

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Trump Won’t Fight Climate Change? California, Here We Come

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Trump’s attack on environmental laws won’t save coal miners’ jobs 29.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

I pity the poor coal miners who allowed themselves to be used as props by Donald Trump. On Tuesday, a group of them stood with the president as he signed his executive order gutting Obama-era climate change regulations. After signing the document with his flamboyant flourish, Trump turned to them...

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