Indian Court Strikes Down Another Coal Plant

Sierra Club Compass

In justifying its decision to revoke the environmental clearance for a huge 1,050-megawatt coal plant the Indian National Green Tribunal (NGT) described its original approval as 'smacking of non-application of mind.' In fact, if the world moves forward with the massive coal pipeline it has planned, future generations will have much stronger words than these. Chattisgarh along with neighboring Jharkhand makes up the heart of Indian coal country.

Will The UK Phase Out Coal Plants?

Sierra Club Compass

Prime Minister David Cameron looks like he’s ready to move the UK beyond coal. In his statement at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City last week, Prime Minister Cameron pledged higher emissions standards for UK’s coal-fired power plants, and his team later tweeted that he plans to phase out existing coal-fired power plants in the UK in the next 10 to 15 years. And this is just the latest in a series of steps away from coal for the UK.

New Fracking Regulations Don’t Measure Up

Eco Friendly Daily

New Regulations. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to introduce new regulations aimed at reducing air pollution. The new regulations apply just to a small portion of the fracking operations, specifically, to those with mineral rights managed by the U.S. With regulations targeting coal plants, there is a greater need to assess the environmental impacts of natural gas as the country shifts its energy focus.

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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How Science Prevailed Over the Politics of Climate Change

Eco Friendly Daily

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. The new regulations, however, tip the balance for natural gas. Climate Change coal plants greenhouse gas emissions natural gas

China’s Pollution And Us

Eco Friendly Daily

Particles from coal plants in China have been found landing on the West Coast of the United States and the drifting of these particles is a global problem. Now, this does not mean that China can be written off for its practices of allowing poor environmental regulations at its countless coal plants, but before we start slinging mud at China, we should start looking at our own consumer habits.

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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.

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. Regulating by prices (e.g.,

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. Regulations create demand for problem-solving technologies that otherwise would languish. Press Statement. January 22, 2015.

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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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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"E.P.A. to Seek 30 Percent Cut in Carbon Emissions by 2030"

Environmental Economics

Just the word "cap-and-trade" gives me goosebumps: The Obama administration on Monday will announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan who spoke anonymously because they had been asked not to reveal details.

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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. Regulations create demand for problem-solving technologies that otherwise would languish. Press Statement. January 22, 2015.

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

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. Coal and electric utilities, long allied, are beginning to split.

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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.

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. Coal ash is the toxic by-product left over when coal is burned for electricity. When coal ash comes in contact with water, a soup of hazardous pollutants can leach out of the waste and poison our water.

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I know, right?* [part two]

Environmental Economics

For example, Mr. Greenstone and Mr. Looney estimate that a coal plant must spend 3.2 The paper calls for four steps that will be familiar to anyone who follows climate policy: a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system; more money for research and development; more efficient regulations; and negotiations with foreign countries over similar steps elsewhere. What's up with The (uppity) Hamilton Project ?

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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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U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Funded Indian Coal Scam

Sierra Club Compass

Last week, new details of a coal industry scam emerged when India’s Comptroller and Auditor General denounced the Environment Ministry for showing favoritism toward Reliance Energy, a private company owned by Anil Ambani, one of the world's richest men. That means that our hard-earned tax dollars are propping up a coal scam involving India’s richest tycoons. Thankfully President Obama ended the Ex-Im Bank’s coal spree with a ban on overseas coal-plant finance.

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EPA: Coal Power Plants Must Install Pollution Controls By 2016

Eco Friendly Daily

In 1990, the United States Congress granted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate air pollution created by power plants. However, the EPA still had not implemented nationwide regulations which remedied many of the worst polluters as of 2000 despite indicating major health and environmental issues surrounding the problem. The power plants being impacted by the new regulations are those using coal power generation.

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Should young economists at the "American Environmental and Resource Economics Association" [sic] be reading Milton Friedman?

Environmental Economics

For example, on page 207: Most economists agree that a far better way to control pollution than the present method of specific regulation and supervision is to introduce market discipline by imposing effluent charges.  And the best way to do it is not to have bureaucrats in Washington write rules and regulations saying a car has to carry this that or the other. I say not necessarily. Matt Kahn on " Why Is Environmental Economics Flourishing? "

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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." It may be stored near your drinking water supply - check out our new map of coal as sites to find out.

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Forests can bounce back after acid rain

Green Prophet

Acid rain is precipitation that mixes with gases from industrial plants, emissions from cars, and especially coal and fossil fuel pollution. Coal plants can also actually cause rain. Acidic soil can bind nutrients so that plants can’t get them.

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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Something to do on a Saturday night: a new social cost of carbon drinking game from the Wall Street Journal

Environmental Economics

The regulatory agencies are expert at rigging these calculations, but even they haven't been able to hide the enormous costs of President Obama's regulations under traditional economic measurement. 4] And sure enough, in 2010 an interagency working group conjured a new way to goose the benefits of regulation. Every metric ton of carbon that was reduced by regulation would suddenly count for $21 in "social benefits."

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Oil companies are planning on a carbon tax

Environmental Economics

President Obama is moving forward with plans to regulate carbon pollution from coal plants, with or without action from Congress — and states could carry out those regulations by taxing carbon polluters. Those high prices are expected to drive the market away from fossil fuels like oil and coal, and toward low-carbon renewable sources of energy. Coal, which produces twice the carbon pollution of natural gas, would be a loser.

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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

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. According to the Partnership for a Better Energy Future’s press release, the survey conducted by Paragon Insights “finds that Americans have major concerns about the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations and are unwilling to pay even a dollar more for energy in exchange for these new rules.”

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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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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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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?

Will the next coal ash disaster be in your neighborhood?

Sierra Club Compass

Guess what - you might be living near a toxic coal ash dump that threatens your local water supply, without even knowing it. Today, the Sierra Club and Earthjustice are releasing a new report called "Dangerous Waters: America's Coal Ash Crisis" that highlights some of the most unsafe coal ash sites in the nation. These are the realities and threats that millions of Americans face every day living near coal ash impoundments.

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

Sierra Club Compass

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 ). Mary Anne Hitt, Beyond Coal Campaign Director. Coal Coal-Director

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David Brooks/Alexander Hamilton on COP21

Environmental Economics

The co-benefits of mitigating climate change with efficient government regulation might be greater than the costs.  You’re asking richer countries that are facing severe economic strain to pay hundreds of billions of dollars in “reparations” to India and such places that can go on and burn mountains of coal and take away American jobs. Are the Chinese really going to police a local coal plant efficiently?

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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.

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. Coal lobbyist say the plan will create an energy crisis and force hundreds of coal plants to close. this means that targets for individual states varies depending on their current usage of coal.

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The first issue of JAERE is available

Environmental Economics

 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. 97-134 Stable URL: [link] Abstract: Abstract The Clean Air Act has assumed the central role in US climate policy, directing the development of regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

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Climate Risk Means Financial Risk

Sierra Club Compass

The response to climate change poses a major threat to financial markets, and it's time for investing institutions and the governments that regulate them to take note. Just last month, Australia's Climate Commission and executives from Macquarie Bank warned that the country's coal and gas industry will take a serious hit as the world is forced to respond to climate change. Coal is already proving to be a bad investment.

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.

Power Africa or Power Oil and Gas Profits?

Sierra Club Compass

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. The truth is, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), a business-as-usual approach defined as investments in grid extension and large-scale centralized (mostly) fossil fuel power plants will still leave 1 billion people in the dark – two-thirds of which will live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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

Sightline Daily

If states can use cap-and-trade, they can simplify regulations, save money for electricity customers, and generate revenue they can reinvest. To calculate each state’s goal, the EPA modeled three “building blocks” that states could use to cut pollution: (1) operate coal plants more efficiently; (2) run natural gas plants more often and coal plants less often; (3) ramp up renewable power. Sunrise in Portland by Dave Gates used under CC BY 2.0

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