New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal.

Sierra Club Compass

COP 18: The Before and the Beginning » New Poll Finds Ratepayers Strongly Oppose Duke Energy Coal Boondoggle. As state regulators prepare to make a major decision on the future of a proposed Indiana coal plant with a $3.5 Duke Energy is expecting its Indiana customers to pay for a new coal plant thats now $1.5 Coal is not cheap no matter how you look at it. Americans know we can do better than coal power. Coal-Director. Compass.

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Indiana Jones and the Clean Power Rule

Sightline Daily

The proposed US Clean Power Rule puts Oregon and Washington, along with other Western states, on a ledge, too. It can also carry the West to a clean energy economy. Backstory The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fulfilling its duty under the federal Clean Air Act to regulate CO 2 emissions, has issued a proposed Clean Power Rule that would reduce CO 2 pollution from power plants nationwide 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

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How Science Prevailed Over the Politics of Climate Change

Eco Friendly Daily

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to apply the Clean Air Act to greenhouse gases fueled this debate. The agency will now begin regulating emissions. The EPA based its decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions based on this overwhelming amount of evidence. To the EPA’s credit, the new regulations attempt to strike some kind of middle ground. Existing plants are grandfathered into the new standards.

Five Things Northwest States Should Know About the Federal Clean Power Plan

Sightline Daily

Last fall I described how President Obama’s draft federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) gave Oregon and Washington a chance to leap into a clean energy future. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan is the progeny of the US Supreme Court’s 2007 holding that the Clean Air Act covers greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Air Act uses a “ cooperative federalism ” approach; EPA sets goals for each state.

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Turkish Coal Tragedy Puts Emphasis on Transition to Clean Energy

Sierra Club Compass

Unfortunately, this most recent disaster is also the latest in a long line of incidents reflecting a painful reality – coal is a deadly fuel source that has no place in the 21st century. That’s a big part of the reason why many international financial institutions (IFIs) have moved quickly and decisively away from financing new coal plant expansions around the world over the past few weeks.  That meant a number of requests to be involved in coal.

Federal court dismisses Trump’s rollback on regulating carbon emissions

AGreenLiving

A federal court has turned down the EPA’s efforts to lessen carbon emission regulations for coal plants. Many critics of the regulations say that the rollback would give coal plants too much power in deciding their carbon control actions or lack thereof. Related: EPA finalizes rule to make efforts against climate change more difficult The 2019 regulation would have required individual states to make coal-fired plants more efficient in the long run.

Industry Push Poll Breaks Cardinal Research Rules, Claims Voters Oppose EPA Clean Power Plan

Sierra Club Compass

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed carbon pollution standards for coal-fired power plants. The so-called “Partnership for a Better Energy Future,” a self-described industry association that includes the American Petroleum Institute and the National Mining Association, has released new polling they claim shows voters nationwide and in swing states are wary of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

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EPA greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants may not be cost minimizing

Environmental Economics

s proposal remain confidential, experts predict that it will include separate standards for carbon dioxide emissions from plants fired by natural gas and by coal. Plants using comparatively clean gas would be permitted to emit perhaps 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, a ceiling within easy reach using modern technologies. Coal-fired plants, meanwhile, may be allowed to emit as many as 1,400 pounds per megawatt-hour. Shame on you!

Marx was an efficiency freak?

Environmental Economics

In a major victory for benefit-cost analysis: In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the smog from coal plants that drifts across state lines from 28 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast. Republicans and the coal industry have criticized the regulations, which use the Clean Air Act as their legal authority, as a “war on coal.”

Oh Maryland, My Maryland (sung with despair)

Environmental Economics

ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following Governor Hogan''s withdrawal Wednesday of the Phosphorus Management Tool and nitrogen oxides (NOx) reduction regulations: "This is a sad day in the long fight to make Maryland waters clean enough for swimming and fishing. But just as those who live in our cities and suburbs are doing more to clean the Bay, so must farmers. Press Statement.

Oh Maryland, My Maryland (sung with despair)

Environmental Economics

ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement following Governor Hogan''s withdrawal Wednesday of the Phosphorus Management Tool and nitrogen oxides (NOx) reduction regulations: "This is a sad day in the long fight to make Maryland waters clean enough for swimming and fishing. But just as those who live in our cities and suburbs are doing more to clean the Bay, so must farmers. Press Statement.

Supreme Court: One State's Coal Pollution Not Allowed to Make Another State's Families Sick

Sierra Club Compass

In a huge victory for public health, today the Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case considering the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution rule, which is designed to protect Americans from dangerous air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Air pollution from power plants doesn’t stop at the state line, and without this strong safeguard, communities living downwind from coal plants would have suffered greater exposure to severe health problems.

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Climate Brothers (this would be a great show on HGTV. sell your flood prone home at a bargain price or raise it and keep living there)

Environmental Economics

Although the chief political argument against curbing carbon emissions from cars and coal plants has long been that doing so would harm the economy, the DICE models show that, depending on various scenarios, one ton of carbon pollution can inflict $20 to $30 in economic damage — a major cost, given that the global economy emits about 36 billion tons of carbon a year.

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Quote of the day

Environmental Economics

Actually, two ( Even in Kentucky. ): Across the United States, the industry is under siege, threatened by new regulations from Washington, environmentalists fortified by money from Michael R. So when the operator of the Big Sandy plant announced last year that it would be switching from coal to cleaner, cheaper natural gas, people here took it as the worst betrayal imaginable. Because, if the environmentalists declare victory, that means the air is clean.

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Five Years After Tragic Disaster in Tennessee, Still No Coal Ash Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

22, marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant’s ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge into homes, onto farmland, and into the Emory and Clinch Rivers in Roane County - one of the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. Five years later, we''re still waiting - and pushing - for the Environmental Protection Agency to put in place long-overdue protections to prevent more coal ash disasters. Coal Coal-Director Health

At Last! EPA Required to Finish Coal Ash Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

Late Wendesday we saw a victory for clean water and public health: The Sierra Club is pleased to be a part of a legal agreement with 11 organizations compelling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize safeguards against coal ash pollution by the end of this year. If the final protections are strong, getting them over the finish line will be a major victory for public health, safe communities, and clean water. This coal ash standard is a big one.

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Europe's 'Coal Renaissance' Masks Industry Downfall - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

India and Solars New Normal » Europes Coal Renaissance Masks Industry Downfall. The coal industry has pointed to Europe's increasing coal use and imports as evidence of coal's inevitable future. Reporters have had a field day with this: the clean energy bastion is now home to rising coal use. The truth is coal's future in the EU is bleak. Of the 112 power plants proposed since in 2008 only three have actually broken ground.

Ex-Im Bank Announces Historic Coal Finance Ban

Sierra Club Compass

government support for public financing of new coal plants overseas, executive agencies that make these funding decisions have been working to make good on this commitment. Ex-Im is the first Export Credit Agency (ECA) to announce such restrictions, a testament to President Obama’s leadership in withdrawing public support for new coal plants overseas. The coal industry’s success has long depended upon its ability to keep these costs off the ledger.

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Yet Another Coal Ash Spill: This Time in North Carolina

Sierra Club Compass

On Sunday, a stormwater pipe burst underneath an unlined pit storing wet coal ash at a retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River , six miles upstream from a drinking water source. This event is far from over as the river is grey from the coal ash and Duke Energy has yet to implement a permanent solution to stop the flow of coal ash into the river.

The environmental record of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry

Green Blog

The former Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, who proudly said he was a “ coal booster &# and his (joke to a) Vice President Sarah Palin who in the elections couldn’t even name a single man-made cause to climate change, supported a cap-and-trade system in the previous election. Perry has also tried to fast-track permits for 11 new coal plants in Texas.

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Forests can bounce back after acid rain

Green Prophet

So in the 60s and even into the 70s, before the American Clean Air Act of 1970 came into full effect, rainfall over the United States and Canada was full of acid. Coal plants can also actually cause rain. Acidic soil can bind nutrients so that plants can’t get them.

Masdar Opens First Baseload Solar in Spain – Gemasolar

Green Prophet

The first of the three plants, the 20 MW Gemasolar project in Fuentes Andalucía, Spain, will power 100% of 27,500 Spanish households’ electricity needs, all day and most of the night, under a 25-year regulated tariff by the Spanish Government. Storing the heat produced by the solar reflectors will enable the plant to supply energy to the grid on demand for at least fifteen hours a day, because molten salt can retain 99% of the heat stored in it for up to 24 hours.

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The many faces of energy resilience

AGreenLiving

The many faces of energy resilience Michelle Moore Mon, 08/17/2020 – 00:30 This series explores how clean energy can deliver on finance and corporate social and governance goals alongside climate and environmental benefits. If we define the value of resilience in such narrow economic terms, however, we will build a clean energy dystopia. If we define the value of resilience in such narrow economic terms, we will build a clean energy dystopia.

Coal: Bringing you fish too toxic to eat

Sightline Daily

It seems crazy that we’ve come to a place in history where fish—the best possible source of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which is critical for a baby’s brain and eye development—is so laced with contaminants, in particular methylmercury from coal plants, that it’s often too dangerous for expecting mothers to eat. Bittman chronicles the “dirty and depressing” Environmental Protection Agency saga to regulate these dangerous substances.

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Our Last Coal Ash Spill: No More Delays for Coal Water Pollution Protections

Sierra Club Compass

Last week, security guards at Duke Energy's Charlotte headquarters blocked me from delivering 9,000 petitions signed by Duke customers calling on the company to clean up its toxic coal ash, in the wake of a spill that decimated 70 miles of the Dan River. Well, the issue of coal pollution in our water is not going away - not by a long shot. Our last coal ash spill." No more coal pollution spills. Coal Coal-Director Health

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The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Sierra Club Compass

" For the 300,000 people affected by the coal chemical spill from two weeks ago, I bet that's very reassuring. And it gets worse -- how about this article featuring a former WV coal miner, Joe Stanley, who says : "I watched the coal industry poison our water for years. We know the coal industry is getting away with poisoning our waterways nationwide, and a new study of federal data by the Associated Press shows just that. Coal Coal-Director Health Politic

Disputing a Study on Coal Exports and Climate

Sightline Daily

Giant coal trains near North Antelope Rochelle Mine by Kimon Berlin used under CC BY-SA 2.0 The study purports to show that, under certain assumptions, exporting coal to Korea will reduce the amount of CO 2 emitted per megawatt-hour of power produced globally. The study describes its baseline scenario—under which retrofitted coal plants in Centralia and Boardman continue to burn coal indefinitely—as “business as usual.” coal in the ground.

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U.S. Coal Exports Causing Deaths in Europe

Sierra Club Compass

Increasing coal burning in Europe caused 2,000 additional premature deaths, with exports from the U.S. Coal-fired power plants are silent killers. Hour after hour these plants fill the air with toxic pollutants, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and tiny sulphate and nitrate particles that go deep into people''s lungs and bloodstream. One of the biggest sources of those deadly coal imports was the U.S., coal exporters. coal exporters?

Enough is Enough: Coal Pollution Spills Reveal a Water Safety Crisis

Sierra Club Compass

When it comes to rivers and clean, safe water, you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned that the hard way over recent weeks, after a dangerous coal chemical spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia's capitol city, and then toxic coal ash from a retired Duke Energy power plant spilled into North Carolina's Dan River ( and now there's another coal slurry spill in WV ).

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Power Africa or Power Oil and Gas Profits?

Sierra Club Compass

That’s great news for Africa because OPIC punches well above its weight when it comes to clean energy finance , especially for the poor. The problem is that oil and gas companies are upset that OPIC now overwhelmingly supports clean energy. While the oil and gas industry has never been a beacon of responsible stewardship of Africa’s natural resources, its message continues to be: We don’t need safeguards or regulation -- trust us. Coal Health India International

ALEC's Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

PR Watch

ALEC’s Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House. House of Representatives passed an amendment on April 18 to the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012 (HR 4348) that would effectively pre-empt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating coal ash, the waste from coal burning plants, as a hazardous waste. About 140 million tons of coal ash are produced by power plants in the United States each year.

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Beyond “Coaland”: Poland hosts COP 19

Sierra Club Compass

Partly because of the unprecedented move in which Warsaw hosted The World Coal Association's “Coal and Climate” conference simultaneous with COP 19.  Civil society in Poland and from around the world is demonstrating outrage at the hypocrisy of this move with protests and actions designed to show global support for Poland's moving beyond coal. The “Coaland” moniker is also earned because Poland currently produces almost 90 percent of its electricity from coal.

The first issue of JAERE is available

Environmental Economics

Here, we find a new negative effect not recognized in existing literature: the taxed sector substitutes away from carbon into clean inputs, so it may absorb resources, shrink the other sector, and reduce their emissions.  Title: Regulating Greenhouse Gases from Coal Power Plants under the Clean Air Act Author(s): Joshua Linn, Erin Mastrangelo, and Dallas Burtraw Source: Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Vol.

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US unveils historic plan to cut carbon emissions with 30 percent by 2030

Green Blog

Today the Obama administration announced its plan to cut 30 percent of carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. It’s also the first time ever that an American president wants to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that the Clean Power Plan would ensure a healthier environment, spur innovation and strengthen the economy and create jobs.

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Does Your Outlet Need Centralia?

Sightline Daily

Skip to navigation Advanced Search Document Actions Sections Front Page Daily News Daily Score Blog The Daily Score Special Series The Dirt on Coal 24 In a Series Does Your Outlet Need Centralia? Faced with growing momentum to move Washington off of dirty coal power , the owner of the states only coal-fired power plant has begun circulating colorful brochures of lush fields and kids blowing pinwheels , aimed at convincing us that our most polluting power source is somehow clean and green.

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A Carbon Pollution Policy with All the Fixin’s

Sightline Daily

Policies can complement making polluters pay in the following ways: Keep costs down by slashing carbon that a price can’t reach because of market barriers Achieve other benefits—cleaning the air, developing new clean tech industries—in addition to trimming carbon pollution By doing both of the above, complementary policies can pick the low-hanging fruit as well as the exotic fruit and put them all together in one reasonably priced basket.

All the World’s Carbon Pricing Systems in One Animated Map

Sightline Daily

Oregon and Washington leaders are contemplating turbocharging their clean energy transition by instituting carbon pricing here in the Pacific Northwest. And when China’s national program starts in 2016 , almost a quarter of global GHG pollution will carry a price tag to speed the changeover to clean energy. Most of that power—and soon all of it —comes from out-of-state plants. Indiana Jones and the Clean Power Rule Video: A League of Their Own.

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E.ON dumps fossil fuels and nuclear, goes all-in on renewable energy

Green Blog

is largely due to Germany’s Energiewende – the country’s transition away from nuclear and fossil fuels and towards clean, sustainable and renewable energy. is Germany’s largest utility and the company has done massive investments in fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, but also renewable energy, from generally hydro and offshore wind farms, in Germany and across Europe. customers access to clean energy and, more importantly maybe, will it be a blow to the fossil fuel industry?

Wither coal (despite all attempts to the contrary)? What's next?

Environmental Economics

illustrated these results in a succinct attack on Trumpian coal policy titled " The war on coal is over.    Coal lost. "  electricity generation by coal has been surpassed by natural gas for two reasons: 1) Coal has become more expensive in an absolute sense (at least partially due to regulations), and 2) Natural gas has become much cheaper relative to coal (at least partially due to increased use of new extraction technologies like fracking). 

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Making a green revolution

The Green Changemakers

Thomas Friedman “Big Oil and King Coal may have armies of lobbyists, lawyers, foreign diplomats and even military advisors, but Americans know that we can do better for ourselves, our country, and our fellow humans. Friedman’s “Hot, Flat and Crowded—Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America,” Michael Brune’s “Coming Clean—Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal,” and Van Jones’ “The Green Collar Economy—How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.”

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To The Next U.S. President: 100 Words for 100 Days

The Green Changemakers

million; renewable energy creates 10 times as many jobs as coal plants. Such legislation must set hard and ambitious, scientifically based greenhouse gas reduction targets, establish a cap and trade system with auctioned allowances, create innovative programs to incentivise energy efficiency and it must develop new ways to invest in clean technology and green jobs. Phase out coal and eliminate coal subsidies.

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