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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Flips Off Trump And His Coal Barons

Donald Trump’s promise to “bring back coal” — a madly Faustian bargain on a warming planet — may well have swung some Rust Belt states his way, as John Oliver suggests. But his administration’s claims to have fulfilled that pledge with “50,000 new coal jobs,” ironically articulated by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, are simply lies. […]

June 19, 2017

Mired In The Present, They Won’t Seize The Clean Energy Future

While Donald Trump is hectoring China over subsidies to steel and other smokestack industries, China is shoving government money into production of solar panels. China is also hot to dominate the manufacture of electric cars and the batteries that go in them. Our conservatives, meanwhile, are sniping at Tesla.

April 11, 2017
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Two Clashing Visions Of How America Will Power Its Cars, Homes

How the country decides on Nov. 8 will have far-reaching implications for the price of electricity and gas at the pump, as well as the future of the U.S. energy industry, which employs about 10 million people.

October 25, 2016

Do Trump’s White Men Really Want Problems Fixed?

Trump’s vow to “bring back coal” would be one of his easiest promises to break. The problem for coal isn’t just that it’s dirty energy. It’s that natural gas is cheaper. Trashing every environmental law on the books would not change the fact of free market life that consumers are going to buy the less expensive product.

September 1, 2016

Endorse This: Donald Trump Explains Hairspray To Coal Miners

“It’s probably a hat — It’s probably a hard hat! I like hard hats, let’s see if it’s a hard hat! It’s a hard hat!”

May 6, 2016
Former U.S. Senator Senator Jim Webb speaks during a news conference

Why Might Former Democratic Candidate Jim Webb Support Donald Trump?

Supporting Donald Trump as a Democrat is just about as crazy as supporting him… as a Republican. What gives?

March 7, 2016
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U.S. Halts New Coal Leases On Federal Land, First Review In Decades

The Obama administration, in the first major review of the country’s coal program in three decades, on Friday ordered a pause on issuing coal-mining leases on federal land as part of new executive actions to fight climate change.

January 15, 2016
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Why Many States Are Panicked By The Federal Clean Power Plan

New federal regulations for power plants threaten to put some tiny rural cities out of business.

November 18, 2015

Fighting Climate Change For Real

Coal is the largest source of planet-warming gases. It must make room for 21st-century power.

August 4, 2015
For decades, the Crow Nation has relied on the Absaloka coal mine, an important supplier of fuel to power plants in the Midwest, for the bulk of its revenue. But the mine's output has been declining in part because it produces a lower-grade, higher-polluting coal. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

In Dispute Over Coal Mine Project, Two Ways Of Life Hang In The Balance

But the Crow Tribe, on a vast and remote reservation here in the grasslands of the northern Plains, and the Lummi Nation, nearly a thousand miles to the west on a sliver of shoreline along the Salish Sea in Washington state, have both become unlikely pieces of the machinery that serves the global demand for electricity — and that connection has put them in bitter conflict.

July 27, 2015
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Reining In The Coal Industry’s Assault On Public Health

The Supreme Court will soon have to choose between corporate polluters’ profits and American lives.

March 24, 2015
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The Sun Is Rising On Solar Panels, And There’s No Fighting It

Why the Koch brothers and an army of coal and oil lobbyists are doomed to lose their war against clean energy.

March 24, 2015
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The White House Walks Away From Clean Coal

Falling oil prices are causing trouble for the coal industry.

February 17, 2015
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We’re In A Climate Change Hole; Let’s Stop Digging

It’s time to take real steps to avoid a climate disaster.

November 11, 2014

Coal Industry Fuels Republican In N.C. Senate Race

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Money from coal companies has been fueling North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis’ race to unseat Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) including $21,100 from the nation’s largest privately owned coal company. The contributions came from the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp. The owner and founder, Robert E. Murray, […]

August 7, 2014

EPA Chief Defends Power Plant Rule Against GOP Charges Of Overreach

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday strongly defended the approach and legitimacy of an Obama administration power plant rule that Republicans attacked as regulatory overreach and Democrats said was vital. In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, EPA Administrator […]

July 23, 2014

Analysis: EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule May Lay New Bet On Future Natural Gas Supplies

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times The Obama administration’s ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants 30 percent by 2030 is laying another big bet on future U.S. natural gas supplies. The boom in U.S. production, the result of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling into shale formations, has sharply boosted the […]

June 3, 2014

Climate Change Deniers Push Back On Environmental Regulation

“If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us. Never forget this!” — Pope Francis Last week, weather forecasters once again issued flash-flood warnings for the Deep South’s coastal areas — as governments were still working to repair the damage wrought by flooding a month ago. In California, meanwhile, authorities are struggling to handle the consequences […]

May 31, 2014
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Rural N.C. Sites Become Dump Grounds For Unwanted Coal Ash

By John Murawski, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) RALEIGH, N.C. — Years before the accidental coal ash spill into the Dan River in February, the waste was being dumped into creeks, wetlands and vacant fields across North Carolina. Scores of private ash sites were originally proposed for legitimate construction use — such as building […]

May 23, 2014

Turkish Mining Company Rejects Accusations Of Negligence

McClatchy Tribune News Service SOMA, Turkey — The company that owns the coal pit that was the site of Turkey’s worst mining accident denied Friday that it was negligent, saying it had followed the rules. “I feel bad,” Soma Holding chief executive Alp Gurkan said. “I have great grief. Legally, we’ve done the maximum for […]

May 16, 2014

Turks’ Anger Builds As Mine Death Toll Hits 282

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — As public fury mounted Thursday along with the casualty toll in what officials were describing as Turkey’s deadliest mine accident, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan found himself on the defensive in the wake of a seemingly tone-deaf response to the disaster. The number of confirmed dead rose to […]

May 15, 2014

At Least Five Dead, Hundreds Trapped In Collapsed Turkey Coal Mine

Istanbul (AFP) – At least five miners were killed and as many as 400 others remain trapped underground after an explosion in a coal mine in the western Turkish province of Manisa on Tuesday, officials said. “We have been informed that five people died and 30 people were rescued,” said Manisa mayor Cengiz Ergun, as […]

May 13, 2014
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VIDEO: Chief Coal Industry Lobbyist Won’t Say If Coal Causes Climate Change

by Lee Fang, Republic Report Does burning coal, one of the most carbon-intensive fuel sources on the planet, contribute to climate change? That simple question stumped the industry’s most prominent advocate, Robert “Mike” Duncan, at a Colorado mining conference last week. Asked twice by Republic Report, Duncan first said that a “lot of people believe” that coal […]

April 28, 2014

Duke Energy Accused Of Mishandling More Coal Ash Wastewater

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times MONCURE, N.C. — While poring over regulatory documents for Duke Energy coal ash ponds, environmentalists at the Waterkeeper Alliance grew suspicious of how the giant utility was handling the toxic ash waste left over from burning coal. They sent a team up in an aircraft to photograph Duke’s retired […]

March 18, 2014