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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Electric utilities often tout natural gas as a clean fuel – an essential weapon in the fight against global warming. Even if they admit the need to replace fossil fuels with solar and wind power eventually, they insist that natural gas is a bridge to the renewable energy future.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Last year the Trump administration’s Energy Department announced the launch of a media campaign to counter what an official called “misinformation” about nuclear power. We haven’t noticed an upsurge in pro-nuclear news – because there is none to report.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

For more than 50 years, Art Sullivan has worked as a coal miner, mine manager and industry consultant in the U.S. and around the world. When CNN asked him about President Trump’s promises to miners that he will save their jobs, Sullivan was blunt:

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

In 2016, Illinois passed the Future Energy Jobs Act to spur renewable energy investments. It seems to be working: The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that solar companies are streaming into Illinois and partnering with farmers to lease some of their land for solar projects.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is a right-wing policy shop that brings together conservative state lawmakers and corporations to develop model legislation that promotes what ALEC calls “principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism.” 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Senate today narrowly approved President Trump’s nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission who has openly criticized renewable energy and played a key role in the administration’s efforts to bail out the failing coal and nuclear industries.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency will repeal an Obama-era climate change regulation requiring coal-fired power plants to install technology that captures carbon dioxide emissions, according to reporting by The New York Times and Axios.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Total U.S. coal consumption is expected to fall to its lowest level in nearly 40 years, according to a report by the federal Energy Information Agency.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

A top coal executive who pushed the Trump administration for a bailout that would cost consumers billions of dollars a year admitted the president probably won’t be able to keep his campaign pledge to save the dying industry.

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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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