Coal

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A quarter of the nation’s electricity would still come from coal in 2030, so it’s hard to view the Obama administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan as the wholesale remaking of the U.S. power sector that the increasingly dire science on global warming would seemingly compel. Nevertheless, a new U.S. Energy Information Administration analysis shows the… Keep reading →

Smoke billows from a coal fired power plant in Beijing, China, last November. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

What’s going on with coal in China? Already the world’s largest consumer of the stuff, China has been expected to continue on an upward trajectory in coal use. But last year the trend line turned down – and it appears to be continuing in that direction. The figures suggest the decline in China’s coal use… Keep reading →

SEHNDE, GERMANY - MARCH 10:  Steam rises from cooling towers at the coal-fired Kraftwerk Mehrum power plant at Haemelerwald on March 10, 2015 near Sehnde, Germany. Energy production from conventional-based resources is becoming less profitable as renewable energy production has expanded and matured in Germany in the last decade. RWE, one of Germany's biggest utilities, today warned of pending job cuts due to financial losses derived from its conventional energy production. The Kraftwerk Mehrum plant is majority-owned by Stadtwerke Hannover AG.  (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

Back in March it was first reported by the major German TV network ARD (Tagesschau.de) that German utility E.ON was contemplating mothballing one of the most efficient power plants in Europe, a gas-fired high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant called ‘Irsching 4 and 5’ in the southern state of Bavaria – which only went… Keep reading →

Exhaust rising from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant near Pittsburgh that was shuttered in 2013. The EPA's Clean Power Plan could result in more such retirements.. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama’s assertion last month that climate change will bring more asthma and worse allergies drew a skeptical response in some quarters, but it turns out the president’s signature climate solution – the Clean Power Plan – could come with significant health “co-benefits.” That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Nature… Keep reading →

GM's Fort Wayne Assembly Plant uses lots of onsite-generated landfill gas – and no coal. Photo from General Motors.

Republicans have been pummeling President Barack Obama for waging what they call a “war on coal,” but you’ve got to wonder how politically useful that tactic is when one of the nation’s biggest corporations is suggesting that it wants nothing to do with comparatively dirty fuel. General Motors this week put out a press release boasting… Keep reading →

Activists Against The Keystone Pipeline Project Demonstrate At The State Department

Green groups are contemplating the next battle after the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is over. While no one knows what the ultimate fate of the pipeline will be, the decision will come soon and activists will need to move on to other issues. Green groups including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council,… Keep reading →

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Conventional hydropower fell from its perennial perch as the source of the majority of U.S. renewable energy in 2014, yet another sign of the rise of a new wave of renewables – wind and solar, especially – on the U.S. electrical grid. Data released Wednesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed hydropower with net… Keep reading →

Coal Mining In India's Jharia

India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set ambitious new targets for reducing coal consumption and scaling up renewables. India will double the tax on coal production, promote renewable energy projects and electric vehicles to balance out emissions from coal-fired power plants. “With regard to coal, there’s a need to find a balance between taxing… Keep reading →

Air Pollution Attacks Beijing Again

It’s unusual when a documentary film on air pollution becomes a blockbuster hit, but that’s exactly what’s happened with “Under the Dome,” a film produced about energy and environmental issues in China. Released online on Saturday, the 100-minute film has already racked up more than 150 million views on Youku, China’s YouTube equivalent. That’s equal to… Keep reading →

Oil Prices Continue To Rise With Demand

This speech is important. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden says that it is time for the oil industry to join the debate over climate change. Shell has long advocated for a price on carbon, but in a speech Thursday in London he took the message farther by saying: “Our sector needs to enter… Keep reading →

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