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Fossil Fuels

Friday, November 2, 2018

The section of the Environmental Protection Agency’s website that linked human activity, fossil fuels and carbon dioxide to climate change seems to have disappeared for good.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

For some time we’ve been calling the decline of the coal industry “a death spiral.” Now it’s more accurate to call it coal’s last gasp.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The White House has reportedly shelved a plan by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prop up the failing coal and nuclear industries by making operators of regional electric grids buy power from aging coal and nuclear plants.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As Hurricane Florence approached North Carolina last month, Duke Energy was busy securing power plants to weather the storm.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

In yet another rollback of public health protections, the Trump administration is preparing to gut a rule that has dramatically cut emissions of mercury, a toxic chemical known to harm the nervous systems of children and fetuses.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

The Trump administration’s latest idea to “bring back coal” is to let individual states decide how – or even whether – to cut air pollution from coal-burning power plants. The plan is meant to encourage electric utilities to invest in upgrading their dirty, aging coal plants or build new ones.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

President Trump’s plan to let states regulate air pollution from coal-fired power plants would mean more children suffering from asthma, more Americans dying early deaths, and only miniscule reduction of global warming pollution, warned Environmental Working Group.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Trump administration’s proposals to prop up the coal industry and roll back clean air rules would mean early deaths for tens of thousands of Americans, according to new research.  

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sixty percent more methane escapes from U.S. oil and gas operations than the Environmental Protection Agency currently estimates, according to a study led by the  Environmental Defense Fund.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Yesterday, a panel of federal regulators unanimously rejected President Trump’s order for an emergency bailout of financially failing coal and nuclear power plants. The bailout would have increased not only utility bills, but also premature deaths from air pollution. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

In his continuing crusade to prop up dying industries, President Trump wants to make Americans pay for expensive electricity from dirty, dangerous coal and nuclear power plants – even if cheaper, cleaner and safer sources are available.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

The rate of premature births to California mothers living near coal and oil power plants dropped significantly after the plants were shut down, researchers from the University of California and Johns Hopkins University reported in a recent study.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Across the nation, utilities continue to announce the planned shutdown of nuclear power plants. Early retirement of these crumbling, outrageously expensive and dangerous plants is long overdue. But will they be replaced by polluting natural gas plants, or can clean, renewable energy be brought on line quickly enough to fill the gap?

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Friday, April 13, 2018

A new report estimated the sweeping public health benefits that a 15 percent reduction in energy demand would yield in one year.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Senate confirms top lobbyist for the coal and chemical industries as Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Photo courtesy of U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

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Monday, April 9, 2018

As expensive, dirty coal power staggers toward its inevitable demise, natural gas has come to dominate the electricity market. 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Despite efforts by the Trump administration and some states to prop up the coal industry, its future remains bleak.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

FirstEnergy, a utility struggling to stay alive in the dying coal and nuclear industries, is once again looking for a bailout from government regulators.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

In an era of bitterly divisive politics, there’s one thing that unites Democrats and Republicans across the nation: They oppose Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

“Let it be written that environmentalists didn’t kill the nuclear industry, economics did,” Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson wrote last summer.

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