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TVA burns last coal at 1,150MW Paradise plant

President Donald Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant at Paradise burned its last load of coal last month. The plant’s closure — in a county that once mined more coal...

Trump’s Best Shot at Saving Coal Is an Obscure Pow...

FERC draws new battle lines in the U.S. electricity wars. In the past three months, regulators appointed by President Donald Trump have disrupted ambitious plans to combat climate change in electric grids serving 85 million people in the U.S., from Chicago to New York to Washington. It was easy: an agency just rewrote some obscure pricing rules. With that, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cranked up to a new boil the...

Trump Admin Finalizes ‘Atrocious’ Plan...

The Trump administration finalized plans Thursday to open public lands in Utah to the fossil fuel industry. The move completes a process begun in 2017 when the administration announced the largest rollback of land protection in U,S. history: It shrank Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and its Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half. Now, the Interior Department is releasing a land-use...

Bankrupt Murray Energy coal company still banks on...

In an Aug, 26, 2007 file photo, Robert Murray, center, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., smiles while talking to Dave Canning, left, and Mike Glassom, right, two miners in charge of drilling bore holes into the Crandall Canyon M before a news conference northwest of Huntington, Utah. In the early days of the Trump administration, Murray sent a four-page “action plan” to the White House calling for rollbacks of key...

Study Finds Coal Closures Saved Thousands Of Lives...

A new study finds the closure of coal-fired power plants and transition to natural gas generation across the United States over a decade saved an estimated 26,610 lives due to a reduction in air pollution, with about a fifth of those avoided deaths in the Ohio Valley. The coal-rich Ohio Valley states received outsized health benefits from the shift from coal to gas. The analysis found about 5,300 deaths were avoided in ...

U.S.: The coal rebound that didn’t happen

Industry continues to struggle against increasingly competitive market forces Some energy pundits have spoken in recent times of an impending U.S. coal renaissance. The Heritage Foundation trumpeted coal’s “Colossal Comeback” in 2017, and a Wall Street Journal reporter in 2018 wrote of its global “resilience.” Industry executives three years ago credited the newly-elected Trump administration with paving the way for fresh...

What the petrochemical buildout along the Ohio Riv...

The Ohio River Valley, like the rest of the U.S., stands at a crossroads of energy and industry, facing decisions about whether to turn toward a future of renewable energy and a green jobs revolution or one of shale gas and plastics. The R.E. Burger coal-fired power plant’s final day ended, appropriately enough, in a cloud of black smoke and dust. Link to...

Positioning for a low-carbon future, utilities rel...

Positioning for a low-carbon future, utilities rely on gas, coal in near term Executives from some of the largest U.S. electric utilities and power providers said they will continue to rely on fossil fuels, including coal, well into the next decade as they position themselves for a low-carbon future. “There’s no question that at certain times of the year, the fossil generation fleet is what carries the...

Carbon Emissions Rise to Highest Level in at Least...

It is a record we do not want. It is a record of political failure. It is a record based on the politics of climate denial. We have crossed another climate threshold that, yet again, signals we are in deep trouble. We are now experiencing levels of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, that the earth has not experienced for three to five million years. We are walking – more like stumbling with stupidity – into the...

UN report: Pollution from planned fossil fuel prod...

To protect the climate, most coal, oil, and natural gas must be left in the ground, a recent study reported.   In the 2015 international Paris Climate Agreement, nearly every country [see editor’s note] agreed to try and limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and preferably closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures. Achieving these...

‘Sheer Madness’: Coal Surges in China,...

While most of the world is reducing its dependence on coal-fired power because of the enormous amount of greenhouse gases associated with it, China raised its coal fired capacity over 2018 and half of 2019, according to a new study. Over the 18-month period that ended in June, China bucked the international trend and raised its coal-fired power capacity 42.9 gigawatts (GW), or about 4.5 percent, while connecting new coal...

Harvard Says Solar’s the Solution Ohio Didn’t Know...

The study reported that replacing the many coal power plants with solar power plants could result in economic and health benefits for the state. But Ohio doesn’t “have a clear path to really making that transition. (TNS) — To achieve the most climate and health benefits nationally, more renewable sources of energy should be installed in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions, including Ohio, according to a Harvard study...

Editorial: Murray bankruptcy exposes folly of Ohio...

A perfectly predictable disaster is a step closer to happening in Ohio, and if it does we’ll have decades of bad Statehouse policy to thank. The precarious financial position of Murray Energy Corp. means Ohio could find out, sooner rather than later, what happens when a giant coal company goes bankrupt and forfeits its abandoned mine sites without reclaiming the land. Likely it won’t be pretty. For decades, Ohio hasn’t asked...

EPA to Weaken Public Protections Against Toxic Coa...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release several new rules in the coming weeks, many of which will relax regulations meant to protect the environment from industrial pollution. In a gift to the coal industry, the EPA will reverse course on regulations meant to reduce the amount of toxic heavy metals that leach into the water systems from the ash emitted by coal-fired power plants, according to The New York...

Coal Giant Murray Energy Files for Bankruptcy Desp...

Murray, a Trump donor, gave the administration a wish list of regulatory rollbacks to boost his company over cheaper natural gas and renewables. It didn’t save coal. Coal magnate Bob Murray, the founder of Murray Energy, which filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 29, 2019. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Murray Energy, the U.S. coal company whose founder’s “wish list” was a virtual template for the Trump...