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As Trump administration touts coal at U.N. gathering, U.S. cities and states target climate change 18.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The sharp political divisions in the United States over climate change spilled over to the outside world at the United Nations conference that will likely be remembered for two rival delegations that showed up from the U.S.

As Trump administration officials attending a U.N. climate change conference...

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Xcel CEO predicts rosy future from wind, and fracking 18.11.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy's CEO, outlined the goals and plans for Minnesota's largest utility.
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A Small Town in Pennsylvania Has Been Ripped Apart by a New Gas Plant 17.11.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity in collaboration with StateImpact Pennsylvania.  The biggest new natural-gas power plant in a state awash with them is taking shape on a mountain ridge overlooking the community it cleaved apart. First came questions about pollution and property values. Lawyers and public-records requests followed. Now […]
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Colorado Springs still rolls coal in heart of city, but may shut Drake plant by 2025 as residents fume 17.11.2017 Denver Post: Local
One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek.
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Five-year extension to coal power plants to comply with norms comes under fire 17.11.2017 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
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Trump Climate Adviser Says Coal Needs a "Level Playing Field" at UN Climate Talks 15.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles

This year's UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany, marks the first climate conference since President Donald Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement, a process that takes four years. We speak with Trump's climate adviser David Banks, the White House special assistant for international energy and environment, about his views on climate change and the Trump administration's stance on the role by humans in inducing climate change. This comes one day after the Trump administration made its official debut at COP23 with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power that included speakers from coal company Peabody Energy, a nuclear engineering firm and a gas exporter.

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Global Carbon Pollution Reaches Highest Levels Yet, New Report Shows 15.11.2017 WRI Stories
Global Carbon Pollution Reaches Highest Levels Yet, New Report Shows Comments|Add Comment|PrintCoal-fired power plant near Becker, Minnesota. Photo by Tony Webster/Flickr The Global Carbon Project and the University of East Anglia brought unwanted news this week: 2017 saw the highest levels of carbon pollution on record. Global carbon dioxide emissions from human activities and fossil fuels specifically will reach record highs by the end of this year. Over the past three years, carbon dioxide... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Pacific Climate Warriors Roll Out Anti-Coal "Red Carpet" for Angela Merkel at UN Climate Talks 15.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles

Broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we look at protests underway against oil, coal, gas and nuclear power. Indian activists are demonstrating against India’s largest nuclear power station, the Kudankulam plant in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu. Activists also disrupted a presentation by the European Investment Bank at an annual corporate conference held alongside the climate summit here in Bonn, with a protest against the construction of the Trans Adriatic gas pipeline, known as TAP, which is slated to run from the Greek-Turkish border, under the Adriatic Sea and into Italy. Meanwhile, activists had a special welcome ready for German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday before her address to the conference.

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The Energy 202: 'Zombie' arguments made by Trump officials at Bonn climate conference 15.11.2017 Washington Post: World
We've heard them before.
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The Latest: Marshal Islands urges Merkel to halt coal use 15.11.2017 Washington Post: World
The Latest on the global climate talks taking place in Germany (all times local):
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3 ways Dynegy is trying to make Illinoisans bail out its aging coal fleet 14.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Christie Hicks Dynegy, a Texas-based energy giant, is pulling out all the stops in Illinois to keep uneconomic and dirty coal plants running. Dynegy is Illinois’ largest producer of coal-fired electricity, but the falling prices of other power sources , including renewable energy, have hurt the company’s bottom line. Last year, Dynegy tried to ramrod customer-funded coal subsidies into the Future Energy Jobs Act at the last minute, but Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and our allies successfully blocked that effort. But, like the Hydra of Greek mythology, when we cut off one head, more appeared. The legendary Dynegy hasn’t given up on its quest for a coal bailout, and the company is tapping nearly every avenue of government along the way. Pollution limits For almost a year, Dynegy worked with the Illinois Environmental Protection A gency (EPA) to re-write pollution standards so that the company can run its dirtier plants more often, earning bigger profits and keeping those coal plants afloat. The ...
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Special Report: Revolt at Trump's Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear and Pro-Gas Panel Rocks UN Climate Summit 14.11.2017 Truthout.com

Democracy Now! was there when activists and Democratic lawmakers at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany, staged a full-fledged revolt Monday when the Trump administration made its official debut at this year's conference with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled "The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation." The panel was the only official appearance by the US delegation during this year's UN climate summit. Of the four corporate representatives pushing nuclear, gas and coal, Lenka Kollar of NuScale Power and Amos Hochstein of Tellurian told Amy Goodman that they disagreed with Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the climate agreement.

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Heat on ‘climate chancellor’ Merkel over coal and cars 14.11.2017 World – The Indian Express
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Fossil-Free Finance 13.11.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect.  Subscribe here .  Sitting shoulder to shoulder, holding signs that read “#Divest” and “Climate Justice Now!,” hundreds of student activists lined the halls of the third floor of the administration building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April of 2016. Outside, crowds gathered in solidarity. Pizza was brought in for the protesters. Fully aware of their imminent arrest—15 students had been arrested the day before—many still refused to leave. They were escorted out in handcuffs. One protester being led to a squad car had a cardboard sign hanging around her neck: “Arrested for protecting my future.” Elsewhere, Harvard students were arrested after hosting a sit-in inside the Boston Federal Reserve building. Some 3,000 miles away and two weeks later, Stanford students gathered outside Memorial Church protesting the school’s refusal to sell off fossil fuel investments, holding a banner that read “Temperatures Are Rising, So ...
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Ignore the spin. Trump and GOP have made a devil's bargain with Roy Moore. 13.11.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Ignore the spin. Trump and GOP have made a devil's bargain with Roy Moore.
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Fossil-Free Finance 13.11.2017 American Prospect
This article appears in the Fall 2017 issue of The American Prospect.  Subscribe here .  Sitting shoulder to shoulder, holding signs that read “#Divest” and “Climate Justice Now!,” hundreds of student activists lined the halls of the third floor of the administration building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April of 2016. Outside, crowds gathered in solidarity. Pizza was brought in for the protesters. Fully aware of their imminent arrest—15 students had been arrested the day before—many still refused to leave. They were escorted out in handcuffs. One protester being led to a squad car had a cardboard sign hanging around her neck: “Arrested for protecting my future.” Elsewhere, Harvard students were arrested after hosting a sit-in inside the Boston Federal Reserve building. Some 3,000 miles away and two weeks later, Stanford students gathered outside Memorial Church protesting the school’s refusal to sell off fossil fuel investments, holding a banner that read “Temperatures Are Rising, So ...
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In shadow of Germany’s climate conference, a village disappears to make way for coal mining 12.11.2017 Washington Post
Despite its green reputation, the nation is struggling with an addiction to one of the dirtiest fuels.
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Some Coal Ash from China Too Radioactive for Reuse 10.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Manufacturers are increasingly using encapsulated coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete, wallboard, bricks, roofing and other building materials. But a new study by U.S. and Chinese scientists cautions that coal ash from high-uranium deposits in China may be too radioactive for this use.
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China Experiences Sharp Drop in Coal-Related Emissions, Study Says 10.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Emissions of sulfur dioxide, an air pollutant produced primarily by burning coal, have fallen by 75 percent in China since 2007, while SO2 emissions in India have jumped 50 percent, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland.
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Coal workers deserve opportunity and support, not false promises about reviving their industry 9.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Jim Marston Coal mining is tough and dangerous work. In the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, country star Loretta Lynn’s husband Doolittle sums it up this way, “There ain't nothin' in Kentucky for me except a chest full of coal dust and being an old man before I'm forty.” Nearly 40 years later, coal mining is still dangerous, and we know a lot more about its disastrous health effects . On top of these risks, workers have seen decades of job cuts as coal companies automate the mining process and coal-fired electricity is being squeezed by cleaner and cheaper energy sources like natural gas, wind and solar. Rather than seek genuine solutions that would help current and former coal workers, President Trump campaigned on reviving coal jobs and seems hell-bent on propping up the uneconomic coal industry , no matter the cost. We – and President Trump – owe coal workers more than empty political promises. We owe them an opportunity to succeed in this shifting economy. America’s declining coal workforce Coal jobs ...
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