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Allianz is the latest insurer to bank on carbon neutrality 8.5.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Changing regulations and cleaner technologies are leading the divestment from coal power plants and mines.
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Canary in the Coal Pond 23.4.2018 Truthout.com
New reports provide an unprecedented look at contaminants leaking from coal ash ponds and landfills. But the chasm between information and environmental protection may deepen thanks to a proposed Trump administration rollback that would lessen the consequences and weaken requirements for polluting power plants. Coal ash slurry pours into the first of two settling ponds adjacent to the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake in Gaston County, North Carolina, January 23, 2008. (Photo: Jeff Willhelm / Charlotte Observer / MCT via Getty Images) In tests conducted in late 2017, one in three coal-fired power plants nationwide detected "statistically significant" amounts of contaminants, including harmful chemicals like arsenic, in the groundwater around their facilities. This information, which utility companies had to post on their websites in March, became public for the first time under an Obama-era environmental rule regulating coal ash, the waste generated from burning coal. Mixed with water and ...
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Ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship Will Try for a Senate Seat in Coal Country 10.4.2018 Truthout.com
Just when you think the GOP has scraped the bottom of the barrel with political candidates -- like, say, Roy Moore  – they manage to surprise us again. Democrat Joe Manchin's competitor in the race for one of West Virginia's senate seats is none other than Don Blankenship . If his name doesn't ring a bell, that might be because Blankenship has spent the last nine months in jail. He's the disgraced former CEO of Massey Energy , as in, the energy company responsible for a coal mining disaster that killed 29 people  in 2010. The company had racked up over one thousand warnings about unsafe conditions prior to the incident. West Virginia is coal country, so is it really a good move for a man who became the public figurehead of a horrific mining disaster to run for US Senate? Astoundingly, on at least some campaign stops, Blankenship has found support. Massey isn't winning any Democratic hearts and even Republicans are giving him a frosty reception, but in an era of extreme partisan politics, Politico found ...
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Why natural gas makes global warming worse 9.4.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Hint: it has to do with methane, a greenhouse gas 84 times as potent as carbon dioxide.
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In coal country, net zero energy nears cost parity 19.3.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
The results of a Siemens study are electrifying: Renewables can compete — and win — anywhere.
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Illinois Residents Say No More Coal Ash in Old Quarry 6.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Chicago-area residents worry a former stone quarry, lower right, will become a destination for coal ash now stored near four NRG power plants. (Photo: Google Earth) Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! For months now, the Illinois Pollution Control Board has been  considering the fate  of coal ash stored near four power plants owned by the company NRG. In February, the board completed its second extended  public hearing  on the issue, with environmental advocates arguing the coal ash should be moved, and the company saying that the ash does not present a risk. Meanwhile, residents of Chicago's southwestern suburbs are worried about a defunct quarry containing more than 2.5 million cubic yards of coal ash. It is not part of the hearings, but some fear it could become a destination for coal ash removed from impoundments involved in the hearings.  In June, NRG asked state regulators for a permit modification allowing it to take coal ...
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The great coal cleanup is everybody's business (with opportunity for all) 23.2.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Coal isn't dying? That's a "fool's gold" illusion, and even coal miners say so.
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How Donald Trump Plans to Enlist Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance 12.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Choose journalism that empowers movements for social, environmental and economic justice: Support the independent media at Truthout! The new US energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize the energy resources at its command, whether those be slaves, wind-power, coal, or oil, to further its hegemonic ambitions. What makes the Trumpian variant -- the unfettered exploitation of America's fossil-fuel reserves -- unique lies only in the moment it's being applied and the likely devastation that will result, thanks not only to the 1950s-style polluting of America's air, waters, and urban environment, but to the devastating hand it will lend to a globally warming world. Last month, if you listened to the chatter among elite power brokers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, you would have heard a lot of bragging about the immense progress being made in renewable energy. "My government has planned a major campaign," ...
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The power of fossil fuels is fading 1.2.2018 Writers on the Range
Will Western states react in time to save local economies?
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UK renewables created three times the power of coal in 2017 18.1.2018 Planet Ark News
Sheffield University and BM Reports have released statistics showing that the renewable sector in the United Kingdom outperformed coal power generation more than three-fold in the year up to December 12.
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Green jobs are still (mostly) promising 16.1.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Industry experts remain hopeful and excited about the green jobs market — yes, despite what you hear from Washington.
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Rejection of Subsidies for Coal and Nuclear Power Is a Win for Fact-Based Policymaking 11.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Energy Secretary Rick Perry has repeatedly expressed concern over the past year about the reliability of our national electric power grid. On Sept. 28, 2017, Perry  ordered  the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to revise wholesale electricity market rules to help ensure "… a reliable, resilient electric grid powered by an 'all of the above' mix of generation resources." Perry's proposal included an implicit subsidy to owners of coal and nuclear power plants, to compensate them for keeping a 90-day fuel supply on-site in the event of a disruption to the grid. On Jan. 8, FERC issued a statement, supported by all five commissioners,  terminating  Perry's proposal. The commissioners held that paying generators to store fuel on-site would only benefit some fuel types. And although coal and nuclear plants are retiring in large numbers, commissioners were not persuaded that this was due to unfair pricing in power markets. In my view, FERC made an appropriate and well-grounded decision. The commission opted ...
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Colorado hits lowest renewables and storage bids to date 9.1.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The state will deliver reliable renewables plus storage projects at a price that is cheaper than operational coal capacity.
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On Stanley Jevons and LED lights 3.1.2018 TreeHugger
And why LEDs are different than other ways of improving energy efficiency- we keep finding new ways to waste energy.
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16 major environmental protections cut in 2017 28.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Climate change initiatives were the most targeted by the Trump administration.
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Liddell's renewable replacement will flick the switch and come in cheaper than coal 21.12.2017 Planet Ark News
AGL has defied expectations with a replacement to the Liddell Power Station that will be both cheaper and cleaner.
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What It's Like Inside the Trump Administration's Regulatory Rollback at the EPA 20.12.2017 Truthout.com
Since Trump was elected, dozens of environmental rules have been either opened for reconsideration or overturned altogether. These regulations would have had far-ranging effects, from banning hazardous pesticides to offshore oil drilling. The effluent rule, which set new limits on water-borne pollution released by coal-fired power plants, was one of the most meticulously researched of the regulations the new EPA leadership is preparing to overturn. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the mission of the US Environmental Protection Agency on December 7, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Pete Marovich / Getty Images) Betsy Southerland knew something was wrong the moment she walked into her office at the Environmental Protection Agency. It was 8 a.m. on a Thursday in April and already, her team was waiting at her door, computer printouts in hand. For months, staffers in the Office of Water had been in help-desk mode, ...
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Carbon Loophole: Why Is Wood Burning Counted as Green Energy? 19.12.2017 Environmental News Network
It was once one of Europe’s largest coal-burning power stations. Now, after replacing coal in its boilers with wood pellets shipped from the U.S. South, the Drax Power Station in Britain claims to be the largest carbon-saving project in Europe. About 23 million tons of carbon dioxide goes up its stacks each year. But because new trees will be planted in the cut forests, the company says the Drax plant is carbon-neutral.
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Technique Could Help the Nation's Coal Plants Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 18.12.2017 Environmental News Network
Carbon capture could help the nation’s coal plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions, yet economic challenges are part of the reason the technology isn’t widely used today. That could change if power plants could turn captured carbon into a usable product.
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The federal land at stake in Trump’s rush for more drilling 8.12.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Where national parks, monuments and other protective areas overlay resources.
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