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Why Rick Perry's Proposed Subsidies for Coal Fail Economics 101 15.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! In a controversial proposal, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has asked federal regulators to effectively subsidize coal and nuclear power plants at ratepayers' expense. Under Perry's  proposal , plants that operate in deregulated electricity markets -- where generators normally compete to provide power at the lowest cost -- would be guaranteed positive profits so long as they stockpile 90 days' worth of fuel on site.  To rationalize this proposal, which a former Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has dubbed " the antithesis of good economics ," Secretary Perry points to uncompensated benefits generated by coal and nuclear plants. As energy economists, when we think about coal-fired electricity generation, what usually comes to mind are unaccounted-for costs -- not benefits. This emerging pro-coal narrative is worth ...
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On carbon, cities, circular, coal and consumer goods 11.10.2017 GreenBiz.com
The latest crop of reports you need to read on sustainable business and clean technology.
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The Real Reason Why Trump and Pruitt Are Repealing the Clean Power Plan 10.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
For Trump, coal holds the key to voters in the regions thought to have thrust him into the White House. His administration's love affair with the coal industry is not about jobs or "energy independence." It's about base politics and re-election in 2020. President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speak about the US role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. As concerns about climate disruption and pollution continue to seep into markets and political systems across the globe, coal will never be "clean" enough to keep up with other sources of energy. However, coal is intimately connected to an industrial past that President Donald Trump glorified on the campaign trail. That's why Trump hired Scott Pruitt to ...
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Trump And Pruitt To Scrap Major Climate Action Plan 9.10.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As storms and wildfires besiege our nation, Donald Trump and his EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will announce Tuesday their
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Even When It's Sitting in Storage, Coal Threatens Human Health 8.10.2017 Truthout.com
President Trump and his appointees have pledged to end what they call the "war on coal" -- policies designed to reduce the health and environmental impacts from producing and burning coal, such as  toxic air pollution  and  mine waste disposal in streams . But while it is true that coal production and use in the United States is subject to many long-standing regulations, they exist for good reason.  Burning coal generates air pollutants that cause  thousands of premature deaths and hospitalizations every year . Coal mining, especially mountaintop mining, has been linked to increased exposure to toxic pollutants, increased morbidity and mortality, and  adverse impacts on mental health  for people living nearby. In a recent  study ,  Nicholas Muller  and I uncovered a source of air pollution from coal that has not received much policy scrutiny: the storage and handling of coal piles. We found that wind blowing over uncovered coal piles at US power plants plus gaseous emissions from the piles significantly ...
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Trump's Clean Air Nominee Represents Air Polluters in Court 3.10.2017 Truthout.com
Trump's nominee to head the EPA's clean air program has represented industry groups opposed to new standards meant to protect workers from airborne cancerous silica dust. While unions claim that hundreds of workers die each year from silica exposure, attorney William Wehrum has argued in federal court that the new standard goes too far because people "are designed to deal with dust." Using a mask to keep the silica dust from entering his lungs, an employee of Maine State Highway Maintenance Department sweeps a large quantity of the the harmful salt laced road sand. Unions say hundreds of workers die each year from silica exposure, but William Wehrum argued on behalf of industry groups that new standards go too far. "People are in dusty apartments all the time and it doesn't kill them," Wehrum reportedly told the court. (Photo by Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) Last week, attorney William Wehrum appeared before a federal court to argue against new standards meant to protect workers from airborne ...
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Major Grassroots Victory: Last Coal Export Terminal Goes Down In The Northwest 28.9.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This underscores the reality that the decisions that matter are being made in the states.
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This Former Coal Miner's Perspective On Climate Change 22.9.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The world isn’t too big for us to screw up.
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Coal. Guns. Freedom? 21.9.2017 High Country News Most Recent
How the Trump administration has seized mythologies around coal.
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Environmental Disaster Looms in Puerto Rico, Lashed by Hurricane Maria and Left Without Power 21.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday as a Category 4 storm, bringing record rainfall and catastrophic flooding, destroying power lines and leaving the entire country in the dark. This comes as many homes on Puerto Rico were still dark two weeks after Hurricane Irma cut electricity to hundreds of thousands. The storm also raised concerns about potential environmental disasters. Puerto Rico is home to 23 Superfund sites, including on the island of Vieques, site of a former US naval test range, which took a near-direct hit from the storm. It is also the site of a coal-fired power plant owned by the private company AES. Residents across the island have been demanding the plant be closed and that the company stop dumping toxic coal ash into their community, saying the waste is poisonous to their health and the environment. We speak with Emily Atkin, staff writer covering the environment at the New Republic, who writes, "Puerto Rico is Already an Environmental Tragedy. Hurricane Maria Will ...
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America Is Doubling Down On Climate Progress 18.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The decarbonization of the real U.S. economy – as opposed to the cardboard, fossil fuel-handicapped White House version – continues.
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In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal 18.9.2017 Climate Change News - ENN
Bigger than any medieval castle, with its 12 giant white cooling towers gleaming in the sun, the Drax Power Station dominates the horizon for tens of miles across the flat lands of eastern England. For four decades, it has been one of the world’s largest coal power plants, often generating a tenth of the U.K.’s electricity. It has been the lodestar for the final phase of Britain’s 250-year-long love affair with coal – the fuel that built the country’s empire and industrialized the world.
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Can coal remain the bedrock of Wyoming’s economy? 18.9.2017 Current Issue
As companies experiment with “clean coal,” cheaper and cleaner fuels are taking over.
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Maintaining Pace Of Coal Retirements And Faster Clean Energy Growth Will Yield Another Half Billion Tons Of Carbon Reduction 16.9.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The work ahead of us will not be easy. The Trump Administration is creating challenges at every turn, but we have prevailed
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Pandora’s Rock: The Dirt On Coal 15.9.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite President Trump's insistence that it is "beautiful" and "clean," coal emits more climate-changing CO2 than any other fossil fuel.
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Trump administration erodes environmental protections 11.9.2017 High Country News Most Recent
The courts have slowed some rollbacks but many have moved ahead.
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In the Wake of US Climate Failures, Don't Look to China for a Panacea 7.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A projection of what Shanghai, China, will look like in a world that is 4 degrees warmer (c. 2100). (Photo: Climate Central) While Xi Jinping has been eager to assume the role of leader in the fight against global warming, he is unlikely to reverse China's impact on global resource consumption and pollution. The pressures to produce jobs and bring mass consumerism to over a billion people under China's hybrid bureaucratic collectivist-capitalism economy will ensure that Xi will remain committed to prioritize growth, even at the cost of planetary ecological collapse. A projection of what Shanghai, China, will look like in a world that is 4 degrees warmer (c. 2100). (Photo: Climate Central) Since President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord, there has been speculation that China could take the lead in the fight against climate change. China's leader Xi Jinping has certainly been eager to assume this role, just as he took up the cause of free trade against Trump's nationalist posturing. At first ...
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Colorado’s biggest methane emitter may get a discount 31.8.2017 High Country News Most Recent
In exchange, the state asks a coal mine to trap its gas—but the BLM won’t require it.
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'Micropower' proves its economic mettle 21.8.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
RMI data shows 'micropower' disrupts fossil-fuel markets, forcing oil companies to change their business model or face a 'nasty, brutish and short' future.
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When solar eclipses coal 21.8.2017 Current Issue
A solar eclipse comes to the West as solar energy surges past coal.
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