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Despite Trump’s ‘burn, burn, burn’ policies, renewable energy capacity now exceeds coal’s 11.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

You probably didn’t notice, but April marked a threshold for the nation. For the first time, our capacity for creating electricity from renewable sources crept past that for coal.

Yes, that’s a good thing. Not good enough, mind you, to save us from the worst effects of climate change from global...

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Joe Biden's $5T climate plan: Net zero emissions by 2050 5.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pitching a $5 trillion-plus climate proposal that he says would lead the U.S. to net zero emission of carbon pollution by 2050.
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“Freedom Gas”: The Trump Administration’s Ridiculous New Plan to Rebrand Fossil Fuels 31.5.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and is shared here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The Trump administration has rebranded natural gas with a new, patriotic-sounding name: “freedom gas.” In a Department of Energy press release on Tuesday, Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes talked about exporting US natural gas as “spreading freedom gas throughout the […]
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Minnesota's departure from coal will mean more natural gas, nuclear 29.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Minnesota is in the midst of a historic transition in how it generates electricity. Xcel Energy last week announced plans to close all of its remaining coal-fired power plants in the state by 2030 -- and to increase its solar capacity in the Upper Midwest by 1,400 percent.
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Renewable energy is a growing slice of Minnesota's energy pie 29.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Coal is on the way out as a major source of electricity in Minnesota. This hour, we talk about the state's renewable sources of energy. How do wind, solar and nuclear figure in?
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In Becker, little shock over news of coal plant's early demise 28.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Residents of the central Minnesota city were already bracing for the Sherco power plant to close two of its three coal-fired units. Now, with the possibility of the entire plant closing earlier than expected, residents are looking ahead to a post-coal future.
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Xcel's new plan: Coal-free by 2030, nuclear until 2040 20.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Xcel Energy said Monday it plans to shut its Minnesota coal plants, the last two in the Upper Midwest, a decade earlier than scheduled, putting the utility on pace to be coal-free earlier than expected.
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China, Japan and South Korea, while vowing to go green at home, promote coal abroad 13.5.2019 L.A. Times - World News

In the last-ditch global battle against climate change, China, Japan and South Korea have joined other industrialized nations in promising to reduce their use of fossil fuels.

Yet even as they take steps to promote renewable energy at home, these three countries are facing growing scrutiny for...

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Jay Inslee Just Promised to Shut Down Every Coal Power Plan in the Next 12 Years 3.5.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost and is shared here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Jay Inslee unveiled a sweeping plan Friday to all but eliminate planet-warming emissions from power plants, automobiles and new buildings, becoming the second contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to release a climate policy this week. The Washington governor, who […]
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FirstEnergy’s next desperate idea: $300 million a year from Ohio taxpayers 29.4.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
FirstEnergy’s next desperate idea: $300 million a year from Ohio taxpayers
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Kenney defiantly challenges Trudeau on climate 23.4.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada The summer of 2019 will be "the summer of repeal" according to Jason Kenney, who will be sworn in as the next premier of Alberta on April 30. The UCP leader plans to recall the legislature in May to rapidly undo the legislative program of the outgoing NDP government; particularly its Climate Leadership Plan. At the top of the list to be repealed is an Alberta carbon tax imposed as part of a grand bargain negotiated by the NDP with representatives of the oil industry. In return for a tax on consumers -- it could have fallen entirely on Big Oil as part of an existing large-emitters carbon levy -- a significant group of oil sands producers agreed to support an NDP cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Small oil patch operators remained generally negative. This Alberta NDP deal initiated by outgoing premier Rachel Notley was highlighted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when his cabinet came down in favour of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX). Trudeau backed up his support for ...
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Nightmare on Capitol Square: New coal and nuclear bailout bill is a huge blow to Ohio’s clean energy economy 12.4.2019 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Nightmare on Capitol Square: New coal and nuclear bailout bill is a huge blow to Ohio’s clean energy economy
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Downtown St. Paul utility cutting off coal 10.4.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
District Energy stopped burning coal as part of its power generation portfolio on March 31, making the St. Paul utility the latest to leave coal behind on the road to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
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St. Paul's District Energy says goodbye to coal 30.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Sunday will be the last day District Energy burns coal.
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US Banks Pledged to Fund Renewable Energy, But They Still Spend Way More on Fossil Fuels 28.3.2019 Mother Jones
Each year since the Paris Agreement, major world banks have increased their financing of fossil fuels, pouring $1.9 trillion into the industry from 2016 through 2018. And, it turns out, US banks are the worst offenders, according to a recent report published by a group of environmental organizations.  “The sad reality is that the fossil […]
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Utilities should consider these creative tools to speed system decarbonization 28.3.2019 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Recent news provided a "mic drop" to power providers.
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Idaho utility spurns coal, pledges 100 percent 'clean' energy by 2045 27.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Idaho Power plans to stop using coal power plants. The news comes as a U.S. energy agency says renewable sources produced a record amount of electricity in 2018.
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Global Carbon Emissions Hit Record High In 2018: IEA 26.3.2019 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
China, the United States, and India together accounted for nearly 70 percent of the rise in energy demand.
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Fossil Fuel Is Pricier Than Solar or Wind. That Means “Coal Is on the Way Out.” 26.3.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study. “Even without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,” said […]
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Coal plants emitted more than ever in 2018, putting Earth in ‘deep trouble’ 26.3.2019 LA Times: Business

Global energy experts released grim findings Monday, saying that not only are planet-warming carbon-dioxide emissions still increasing, but also the world's growing thirst for energy has led to higher emissions from coal-fired power plants than ever before.

Energy demand around the world grew by...

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