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Dire Climate Change Warnings Cut From Trump Power-...

Warnings about potentially severe consequences of climate change were deleted from a Trump administration plan to weaken curbs on power plant emissions during a White House review. Drafts had devoted more than 500 words to highlighting the impacts — more heat waves, intense hurricanes, heavy rainfalls, floods and water pollution — as part of the proposal to replace Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas...

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: Help for ...

President Trump promised to revive the fortunes of coal country. “Trump digs coal,” read the signs at his rally last week in Charleston, W.Va., where he touted plans to keep his pledge. He proposes to relax pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, the regulatory relief improving their prospects in an era of cheap natural gas and more competitive wind and solar. That means seeking to roll back the Clean Power Plan put...

IEEFA update: The investment rationale for fossil ...

An outdated mindset that no longer lives up to its hype For decades, the fossil fuel sector literally fuelled the global economy and powered the world’s investment markets. This is no longer the case. The long-standing and now outdated investment thesis around fossil fuels—that such holdings would make large and reliable annual contributions to institutional funds—has crumbled. The sector now lags the broader market, and the...

An alternative to propping up coal power plants: R...

The Trump administration announced new pollution rules for coal-fired power plants designed to keep existing coal power plants operating more and save American coal mining jobs. Profitability for U.S. coal power plants has plummeted, and one major coal company after another has filed for bankruptcy, including the world’s largest private-sector coal company, Peabody Energy. The main reason coal is in decline is less expensive...

Redirecting Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout to Fu...

Bailout money could be better used to cover gaps in tax revenue, help workers retrain for new jobs, and fuel economic development in affected communities. FirstEnergy offers a case for a proactive transition plan. Coal and nuclear facilities are facing a tough economic reality in the United States. Competitive power markets are oversupplied, while natural gas and renewable energy are undercutting coal and nuclear on cost....

Experts: Coal’s decline imminent, with or without ...

A little more than two years ago, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Charleston for a rally and made a promise to West Virginia’s coal miners: “We’re going to put the miners back to work, we’re going to put the miners back to work. We’re gonna get those mines back open,” Trump said in 2016. As the Trump administration continues to promise a rebound to the coal industry by walking back Obama administration...

Trump Power Plant Plan Will Significantly Increase...

The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to propose a major rollback of the Clean Power Plan, President Obama’s signature climate policy. The replacement will relax rules for coal-fired plants and will very likely increase air pollution and planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions. The new plan, as the Washington Post reported, would allow states to set their own coal emission standards or even opt-out...

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Clo...

Under the most favorable market dynamics for coal, “we project at least 71 [gigawatts] of retirements by 2030, roughly 65% more than currently planned,” the firm wrote. That’s a higher rate of retirement than the 65 gigawatts by 2030 projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s reference case. And it would require natural-gas prices rising to $4 per 1 million British Thermal Units (mmbtu), along with more rapid...

Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energ...

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Boaters and birders have been upfront about their opposition to the six-turbine Icebreaker Wind project planned for Lake Erie, but a new, powerful voice of resistance has recently emerged: Big Coal. In documents and sworn statements filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday, the wind farm developers presented evidence that Murray Energy Corp. has been bankrolling anti-Icebreaker consultants,...

(Ohio Rep.) Cera unveils new coal research project...

COLUMBUS — Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced Tuesday the approval of about $1 million in funding by the Ohio Coal Technical Advisory Committee on which Rep. Cera serves. The grants will go toward pilot programs that explore novel uses for coal and associated byproducts. Cera highlighted two projects that explore methods of extracting rare earth elements from coal. REEs have emerged as an essential component for...

Researchers reveal scope of damage to Appalachia f...

Between 1985 and 2015, an average of 21,000 acres was converted to bare earth and rubble. Surface coal mining, including mountaintop removal mining, was responsible for the clearing of more than 7 percent of the land in central Appalachia — or an area about three times the size of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — from the mid-1970s through 2015, according to new research. A total of almost 2,300 square miles of land...

IEEFA op-ed: A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop ele...

A blatant misuse of the law and a phony national-defense argument It seems a waste of time and resources to call on a nearly 70-year-old defense law to rescue certain failing and outdated sectors of the energy industry. Yet that is precisely what has been proposed. The Trump administration is floating a plan to use the Defense Production Act of 1950, enacted as a drastic national-security measure to be deployed in time of...

Families and business owners near Perry State Fore...

PERRY COUNTY, Ohio — There’s a rumbling in Perry State Forest where coal mining could return by the end of this year if a permit is approved. Families who live and work near a proposed mining site don’t want it there. They say it would be a disruption to the beauty of the forest and their lives. Lauren Ketcham is co-owner of Down the Road Farm. The name spells out her vision. “Our name Down the Road, one of the reasons...

Solar Just Hit a Record Low Price In the U.S.

Even Donald Trump’s solar tariffs and desire to prop up the coal industry can’t stop renewable energy. A solar auction in Nevada just yielded the cheapest solar project in the country. It broke a record that was set [checks calendar] last week. Not only that, the price the plant will operate at is cheaper than new natural gas and coal plants. While the sunny weather in Nevada and federal tax credits certainly play a role,...

Will Scott Pruitt Decide We’ve Been Reducing...

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced several plans, the latest on June 13, to revise the economic analysis that undergirds the nation’s limits on pollution, including the emissions of greenhouse gases that are warming the planet. Pruitt’s basic assumption in the agency’s rulemaking seems to be that the United States has reduced pollution too much, because government analysts have overestimated its adverse effects. ...