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Obama-Era Judge Slams The Brakes On Trump Order To Open Fed Lands To Coal Mining

A federal judge in Montana delayed a Trump administration attempt to open up more federal lands to coal mining Friday, The New York Times reports. U.S. District Court judge Brian Morris ruled that the Trump administration illegally overturned a moratorium placed on coal mining on federal lands by former President Barack Obama. Obama instated the policy in 2016 as part ...

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Coal Advocates Warn The US Grid Is Growing More Vulnerable

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) released a white paper Wednesday warning of the U.S. electric grid’s growing instability as coal plants are phased out. The coal industry has suffered years of decline and coal plants in the U.S. are struggling to stay open. The industry’s waning is causing downstream effects to workers who must find new jobs ...

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Bloomberg’s Decision Not To Run For President Is A Windfall For The Sierra Club

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to “expand” his support for the Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign. Bloomberg has already pumped $110 million into the “Beyond Coal” campaign, and more money is likely on the way. Bloomberg announced he would not run for president in 2020 but will instead focus on activism. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ...

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Plans To Save Largest US Coal Plant In The West Hit A Roadblock

Negotiations to keep one of the biggest coal power plants in the U.S. in operation have stalled, placing hundreds of Native American workers at risk of losing their jobs. Owners of the Navajo Generating Station — a 2,250-megawatt coal-fired plant in northern Arizona — say talks to transfer ownership of the facility have reached a standstill, and they are moving ...

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Coal Plant Closures In 2018 Didn’t Stop Carbon Emissions From Rising

Despite a record number coal plant closures across the United States, the country’s power sector still experienced a rise in carbon emissions in 2018. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday issued its annual report on emissions. The agency estimated that carbon dioxide output from U.S. power plants rose 0.6 percent in 2018 from the previous year, climbing to nearly ...

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Obama EPA Regulations Blamed For Closure Of 100-Year-Old Coal Plant

A coal-fired power plan that’s operated for more than 100 years is shutting down, and it’s owners say Obama-era regulations are to blame. Alabama Power’s Plant Gorgas will officially close in April. It’s only the latest coal industry casualty, driven by Environmental Protection agency (EPA) regulations and market forces. “We recognize that Plant Gorgas and the men and women who ...

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Coal Plant To Close Down, Despite Trump’s Pleas

The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to close down a Kentucky coal-fired power plant, bucking pressure from President Donald Trump to keep it running. The 7-member board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) voted almost unanimously on Thursday to shutter the remaining coal-fired unit at its Paradise Fossil Plant. Unit 3 of the plant — which is located in ...

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Over Half Of US Coal Mines Have Closed Since 2008

The number of active coal mines in the U.S. have shuttered dramatically, with half of the mines operational a decade ago now closed down. Fueled by years of regulatory burden and stiff market competition, the U.S. coal industry continues to suffer from contraction. There were a total of 1,435 operational mines in 2008, a year when coal production reached a ...

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Germany Plans On Closing All Its Coal Plants. The Impact On Global Warming Won’t Even Be Measurable

Germany plans on closing all its coal-fired power plants over the next two decades to fight global warming. However, it’s doubtful Germany’s anti-coal effort will have any measurable impact on global warming. Germans already pay about three times more for electricity than Americans thanks to taxes and green subsidies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has embraced a plan to phase ...

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A Court Decision May Leave Coal Plants Across The Country Shut Down

A group representing electric utility companies is warning a federal court that a decision regarding coal ash dumps could lead to coal-fired power plants across the U.S. going offline and impacting grid reliability. The case regards a deadline for when power producers can close some of their coal ash dumps. The Trump administration last year gave utilities a deadline extension for ...

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Coal And Nuclear Closures Could Lead To Power Outages

A stress test conducted by the regulatory authority that oversees North America’s electric grid lends credibility to the Trump administration’s warnings that rampant coal and nuclear plant closures could result in power outages. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) – an international nonprofit that examines and promotes grid reliability among utility systems in the U.S. and Canada – released its Generation ...

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Trump’s EPA Moves To Repeal Obama’s ‘De Facto Ban’ On New Coal Plants

EPA will undo an Obama-era mandate that new coal plants install costly technology to capture emissions. The Obama administration imposed the mandate in 2015, which opponents called a “de facto” coal plant ban. “Consistent with President Trump’s executive order promoting energy independence,” EPA chief Andrew Wheeler said. The Trump administration proposed rolling back Obama-era regulation that opponents called a de ...

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Trump Has Another Plan Up His Sleeve To Rescue Ailing Coal Plants

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The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to give the coal industry a boost by rolling back another Obama-era environmental regulation. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday is expected to rescind a rule that requires new coal plants to be fitted with carbon capture technology, according to several officials who spoke with the New York Times. Under the Obama-era mandate, new ...

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California Will Block Oil And Coal Shipments, Risk Constitutional Battle

  by Chris White California officials plan on preventing the federal government from transporting oil and gas using existing pipelines in the state, according to a report Wednesday from The San Francisco Chronicle. Officials on the California Coastal Commission are urging the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to rescind plans allowing companies to drill for oil off the coast. They are ...

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