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Tribune Editorial: New president can't turn back time on coal 3.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to reverse the Obama administration’s regulations on coal, including the moratorium on federal leases and the Clean Power Plan. That is bringing cheers from coal country in Utah and elsewhere, but the enthusiasm should be tempered by the reality that the coal industry’s biggest challenge is not regulation. It’s the cleaner alternatives — from natural gas to the sun — which have been beating coal on cleanliness while matching it on price. At best, the cha...
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Kane and Garfield counties sue BLM and Interior, say coal lease moratorium threatens rural Utah 1.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
If a moratorium of new coal leases on federal lands continues, it will economically devastate rural Utah communities, eliminating hundreds of jobs and closing crucial mine sites, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Kane and Garfield counties. The two counties — along with Rural Utah Alliance, a nonprofit focused on land ownership — are suing the U.S. Department of the Interior and its secretary, Sally Jewell, as well as the Bureau of Land Management and its director, Neil Kornze. The lawsu... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Obama’s rush to the end 29.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Keeping track of rulemaking, policy decisions and other last actions before the Trump administration’s inauguration.
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What does a Trump administration mean for Western public lands? 27.11.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
While the incoming Trump administration's promises for more drilling and mining on public lands may sound like relief to fossil-fuel industries, it sounds like déjà vu all over again.
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Coal crush: Iconic Carbon Power Plant being dismantled this week 25.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Carbon Power Plant, once a coal-fired workhorse in PacifiCorp’s electrical-generating fleet, is becoming a mound of scrap as crews this week dismantle the 62-year-old two-unit plant in Price Canyon, a few miles outside Helper. The utility retired the 173-megawatt plant a few years early in April 2015 because of the high cost of bringing it into compliance with new mercury-emission rules. The site just east of U.S. Highway 6 will be cleared by next spring, then it will be reclaimed. “All of...
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Can Trump undo Obama’s policies? 24.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
What the President-elect can — and can’t — do when it comes to water, coal and climate change.
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Why try to revive the coal industry, whose death is inevitable? (3 letters) 22.11.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
State Sen. Randy Baumgardner says he doesn’t think it’s too late for coal. His push to revive a dying industry will only delay the inevitable.
Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030 22.11.2016 Denver Post: Business
Canada announced Monday it plans phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.
Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030 21.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Toronto • Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030. The move is in stark contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to revive the American coal industry. Environment Minister Kathleen McKenna said Monday the goal is to make sure 90 percent of Canada’s electricity comes from sustainable sources by that time — up from 80 percent today. The announcement is one of a series of measures Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is rolling out as p...
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Colorado coal’s best hope: stability, not recovery 20.11.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
President-elect Donald Trump campaigned as a friend of coal, promising to roll back regulations that have weighed on the industry, a still important, though fading, source of jobs and economic activity in Western Colorado.
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Navajo youth travel to San Francisco to protest coal plant 18.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Nineteen-year-old Sheldon Natoni worries about the haze hanging over his tribe’s sacred mountains in Arizona and the impact it is having on the health of others in the Navajo Nation. His friend Sebale Tsosie, 21, has the same concerns, saying it’s unfair that the massive coal-fired power plant blamed for the pollution won’t have to drastically cut back emissions until a generation from now. Federal rules exempt the Navajo Generating Station in Page, Arizona, from drastically reducing haze-causin...
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For fossil fuel-reliant towns, a solar alternative grows 15.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A rural solar movement is growing, which focuses on local resilience.
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Trump likely to try to reverse Obama environment initiatives 11.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Gainesville, Fla. • President-elect Donald Trump has not minced words about his approach to environment and energy policy: He loathes regulation and wants to increase the use of coal, offshore drilling and fracking. Trump has said he believes climate change is a hoax and that he would “cancel” U.S. involvement in the landmark Paris Agreement on global warming. While he has been vague about precise policies, Trump’s election likely means trouble for some of President Barack Obama’s signature envi...
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The blind hope of the energy field Trump voter 10.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
The president-elect is sure to roll back regulations, but he won’t end the oil and gas bust.
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A roundup of the high-stakes climate races 8.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
For the climate-interested voter, these are the Western races to watch on Tuesday.
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Kennecott to decommission 3 of 4 Magna coal-fired power units 28.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rio Tinto Kennecott will shut down three of its four coal-fired power generation units in Magna after closing a deal to purchase power from Rocky Mountain Power. Kyle Bennett, a spokesman for Kennecott, said the deal will eliminate 3,500 tons of particulates — and the pollutants that contribute to the formation of particulates during inversions — from the company’s power-generation operation in Magna. All three units were slated for closure before the Jan. 1, 2018, deadline required by the sta...
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'Coal is not dead': University of Utah announces effort to turn state rock into carbon fiber 27.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Many see coal as an energy source of the past that has outlived its usefulness, but scientists wonder if the carbon-rich rock, blamed for many environmental ills, could be tapped for composite materials of the future. Now the University of Utah is looking for ways to turn Utah’s state rock into carbon fiber, a high-tech material that is light and strong and may be capable of building a 21st century manufacturing economy in environmentally benign ways. “There’s an abundance of coal, and we would ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Routt Commissioner candidates: renewables matter, but saving fossil fuels jobs are highest priority 21.10.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The gradually unwinding story of Peabody Energy’s efforts to reorganize under protection of bankruptcy and the implications of that outcome for Routt County’s Twentymile Coal Mine and the nearby Hayden Station coal-fired power plant were on the minds of many attending a candidates’ forum Oct. 20 at the Steamboat Grand. That included the candidates for Routt County Commissioner District 1 — incumbent Democrat Tim Corrigan, of Yampa, and Republican challenger Bob Dapper, who lives in the valley just south of Steamboat Springs. Asked by moderator and Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman whether it is inevitable that the fossil fuels industry here will continue to decline and whether the county should place increasing emphasis on transitioning to new jobs in renewable energy, both candidates said preserving the health of the coal industry and, by extension, the power plant, is a matter of great importance. “Energy is a bipartisan issue for Routt County,” Dapper said, “The coal industry needs ...
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UNESCO opposes coal plant in Bangladesh delta 20.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Dhaka, Bangladesh • The U.N. agency devoted to preserving world heritage has joined environmental groups urging Bangladesh to halt plans for a massive coal-fired power plant near ecologically sensitive mangrove forests on the coast. UNESCO says it poses a “serious threat” to a region that protects the nation from flooding and holds one of the world’s last populations of wild tigers. Bangladesh countered on Thursday that the concerns were misplaced, and that it would continue with construction as...
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Mountain states shifting to gas power generation as Colorado goes for wind 20.10.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Natural gas has displaced coal as a fuel source for power generation the past decade in many states, but not in Colorado, where wind is filling the gap, according to a report Wednesday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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