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Advocates see few benefits for Ohio in Clean Power...

Despite Scott Pruitt’s claim that “the war on coal is over,” clean energy advocates say repeal of the Clean Power Plan is unlikely to bring back coal jobs to Ohio or revitalize the state’s coal-fired power plants. “It doesn’t change the fact that coal-fired power is uneconomic in Ohio right now and that coal plants can’t compete,” said Rob Kelter at the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “I see the factors that are...

Governments Giving Fossil Fuel Companies $10 Milli...

Energy companies receive $5.3 trillion a year in funding from governments worldwide, says financial powerhouse. The fossil fuel industry receives $5.3 trillion a year in government subsidies, despite its disastrous toll on the environment, human health, and other global inequality issues, a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published Monday has found. That means that governments worldwide are spending $10...

IEEFA Update: Coal Is Dying, and EPA’s Clean Power...

Energy Policy From Washington Drifts Toward Irrelevance By turning the clock back on American energy policy through reversal of the Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — if he succeeds — will end up making electricity for everyday Americans more expensive. And as power bills rise so will the coal industry’s harmful impacts public health and the environment. I say “if he succeeds” because his order will very...

Perry proposes law to force Americans to buy dirti...

Energy Secretary ignores his own grid study to make good on his threats to punish renewables In a brazen move, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ignored the findings of his own grid study and proposed a new federal rule that would effectively force Americans to buy dirtier, more expensive power. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Friday morning that Perry has “formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory...

Trump Administration May Soon Ax Obama’s Big...

Many expect EPA will reassess the Clean Power Plan to show a higher price tag and smaller benefits U.S. EPA staff under Administrator Scott Pruitt might refute Obama-era findings that reducing carbon dioxide emissions has large health benefits. Credit: Riccardo Savi Getty Images When the Obama administration issued its landmark climate rule in 2015, officials declared that benefits to public health and the climate would be...

Trump’s Breathtaking Hypocrisy on Coal Minin...

He has said he supports miners and their communities, but his actions put their health and their lives at risk Pres. Donald Trump’s contempt for climate change science is well known. Now we see that his administration has put on hold a study of the connections between mountaintop coal mining and the health of nearby communities—research that was requested by West Virginia health authorities and is being conducted by the...

Ohio coal officials join Trump administration

The idea that the former president of the Ohio Coal Association is now lobbying Congress as an official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not sitting well with environmentalists, Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief Jack Torry notes. Christian Palich, a former aide to Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, works in the EPA’s congressional relations shop. The post did not require Senate confirmation. “We’ve gone from an...

A State Trend Toward Ignoring Trump Emission-Regul...

The Trump administration is abdicating Obama-era climate regulations, but a small — and growing — amount of states are taking matters into their own hands. The weapon of choice? The federal social cost of carbon, developed by the former Obama administration’s interagency working group composed of federal scientists and economists. The way it works is that it monetizes the net damages of carbon dioxide emissions,...

Failure to Set Cost of Carbon Hampers Trump’s Effo...

The Trump Administration ProPublica’s ongoing coverage of the 45th President. President Donald Trump’s efforts to boost fossil fuel extraction face a courtroom hurdle of his own making. His March 28 executive order “promoting energy independence and economic growth” rescinded the Obama administration’s calculation of the “social cost of carbon” — a metric that had been central to the process of crafting and justifying...

Trump Kills Mountaintop Removal Health Impact Stud...

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a statement the Interior Department has directed it to cease its study on the potential health risks for people living near surface coal mines in Central Appalachia. The Interior Department, which committed more than $1 million to the study last year, has begun an agency-wide review of grants over $100,000 because of the “Department’s changing...

The Dubious Case for Appalachian Coal Subsidies

As technologies for renewable energy and grid management advance, the special position that coal has held since Thomas Edison’s first power plants in the 1880s has become much harder to defend. The call to subsidize coal is a sign of how the economics of power generation have been transformed. Just five years ago, it was renewable sources that needed subsidies to compete, but their costs have been plummeting. Now the US is...

No One Is Talking About This Disappearing Coal Job...

A couple of months ago, Donald Trump was cheering a new coal mine in Pennsylvania that will put 70 people to work — good news for a president whose pledge to revive the industry helped get him elected. But a bigger group of coal workers has already suffered sweeping job cuts, and it’s bracing for more. Coal-fired power plants employ more people than mines, and they’re shutting down all over the country. Cheap natural...

Help for coal country addresses tough truth

The future of coal remains murky, if not downright grim, despite an uptick in production in Colorado under the Trump administration, which has rolled back Obama-era regulations the industry considered excessively burdensome. President Trump has promised to bring back coal jobs, but there are a bunch of reasons why experts say that wont’ happen. First and foremost, utilities are increasingly turning to natural gas for power...

Grid study will test administration’s grasp ...

“Facts,” said President John Adams, “are stubborn things.” Wishing otherwise doesn’t change them. That adage may be tested at the Department of Energy, as Secretary Rick Perry grapples with debates inside his department that could shape the Trump administration’s impact on the rapidly changing electricity system.Perry will appear at a press conference in Washington today with the director...

Shrinking greenhouse gas emissions is all about ec...

WEC Energy Group Inc. president and CEO Allen Leverett enjoys reading biographies of America’s “conservationist president” Theodore Roosevelt, but it’s not environmentalism that’s igniting Leverett’s drive to reduce his company’s greenhouse gas emissions. For Leverett, the even-keeled CEO of Wisconsin’s largest electric utility, it’s all about economics — not ecology. And definitely not politics. Specifically, what Leverett...